Fecal Egg Count?

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  1. sassyraspberry

    sassyraspberry Full Member

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    How often should I be doing this?

    I just used moxidectin at the beginning of the month, and because I am an idiot and THOUGHT I bought the moxidectin with praziquantel but realized it was just moxidectin, I used the double dose pyrantel for tapes two days ago.

    Since I want to worm correctly and only when necessary, at what intervals do I have fec's done?
     






  2. Ryle

    Ryle Senior Member+

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    You shouldn't do an FEC for 4 months after you gave moxidectin. This summer is actually the appropriate time to do one for your area to get an idea of the type of egg shedding your horse normally does during the time when reinfection rates are highest where you are.

    I'm sure I've probably asked you this before, but what kind of situation is your horse kept in? Pasture, paddock, stall? Feces picked up at least twice a week?
     
  3. sassyraspberry

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    I am very limited on pasture, so my "horse area" is divided into 3 different lots - 2 grass and one dry lot. They spend the majority of the time in the dry lot with limited access to the grass lots daily in order to preserve what little grass I do have for them. Manure is picked up at least once daily, if not twice daily in all three lots.

    4 months puts me at the beginning of August, which would be about the hottest and most miserably humid part of summer here.
     
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    redhorseridge Senior Member+

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    Ryle can correct me if I am wrong but I believe tapes don't always show up in fecals since they release eggs intermittently. So fecal testing for
    tapes is not very accurate...
     
  5. Ryle

    Ryle Senior Member+

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    In the situation your horses are in, parasite loads should be minimal. Daily manure removal drastically reduces the parasite contamination of pasture. It wouldn't be surprising for you to only need to deworm spring and fall mainly to treat for bots. And likely only once a year for tapeworms again because of the fecal cleanup and lack of grazing time.
     
  6. sassyraspberry

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    Yes, I am aware that tapes don't show up on the tests, but I also know that I am in an area that has a high exposure to them, so I just treat for them anyway.

    The only thing I question, even though I remove manure quite frequently, is that they both chew on their manure out of boredom in their dry lot. (I am sure it is boredom - they get plenty of grass hay and grass numerous times a day, RB, Rice Bran, and free choice salt and mineral blocks. I'm positive they are receiving the nutrients they need.) Anyway...I'm sure that chewing on their manure increases the risk of picking parasites back up, correct?
     
  7. Ryle

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    If they were foals I would be more worried about the chewing on feces because you would be dealing with ascarids. But for adult horses, the strongyles are your main concern and they take time to mature from the egg into an infective larval stage and then have to be eaten.
     

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