Saturday, February 20, 2010

New Method for Dealing with an Old Problem

Since this blogging thing is all new to me, I thought it would be appropriate for the first several posts to also be about what's new. So here's a brief explanation of our NEW parasite control recommendations:

This year, we have made a significant change to our routine deworming recommendations. Our previous deworming program was based on worm prevalence and susceptibility information from the 1970’s. A lot has changed since that time in regards to the types of parasites and how susceptible they are to the deworming medications that are now available. Resistance of parasites to deworming medications continues to be an emerging concern. This is further compounded by the fact that there does not appear to be any new dewormers coming down the pipe. Given the amount of time and effort to get a new drug through FDA approval, it is unlikely we will see any new dewormers come on the market in the near future. All of this just further emphasizes the need for us to be more focused and strategic with our parasite controls programs to lessen the chance for issues related to resistance. Of course, keeping costs under control also must enter into the equation as well. While the new parasite control recommendations are not as straight forward as just deworming all of the horses with the same thing at the same time every 2 months, it is a significant step forward in addressing these concerns. The new parasite control recommendations include incorporating fecal samples from each horse twice per year. An explanation sheet detailing the new recommendations is available by contacting the office or online at .

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