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Equine Parasite Testing @ Early's

  • March 19, 2022
  • Written by Audra Cooper

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Event by Early's Farm and Garden Centre

2615 Lorne Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7J 0S5, Canada

Duration: 4 hr


Guest expert Toni Saworski will be offering FREE equine fecale egg counts at our Lorne Ave location on April 2nd/2022. Starting at 11am until 3pm

About this event:
Toni will be testing fresh manure samples and performing a fecal egg count. Looking at the eggs in the feces and doing a count- tells us how high a horses parasite load is! Typically we find small strongyle eggs, sometimes parascaris eggs in local horses. This is important as it tells us which horses should be dewormed, and we can also do a second count 14 days after deworming and compare the 2 counts, to see whether or not the medication worked!
Doing these tests allows us to only treat the horses who actually have parasites actively shedding eggs. Treating these animals reduces transmission in a herd, as they are the ones spreading the eggs. By only treating the horses with a medium to high egg counts (300+EPG) we can use less drugs, and hopefully reduce how quickly resistance to our dewormers develops. And of course, it is important to treat horses for gastrointestinal parasites as they can cause numerous health issues, such as poor body condition, colic, death, etc.

Goals of deworming should be:
-Limit Infections so animals remain healthy without clinical illness
-Control parasite egg shedding
-Not to eradicate all parasites (impossible)

-A sandwich bag of fresh horse manure. (If the sample is more than 2 days old please keep sealed and store in the refrigerator.
-Let Toni know some information about your horse (breed, age, health condition, most recent worming, etc)
-The testing only takes a few minutes per sample with fast results!

About our guest expert:
Toni is a life long horse owner and competitor, with an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology, as well as a current graduate student in veterinary microbiology through the MCVM. She has lectured, presented seminars and has been on panels to discuss and educate people on equine gastrointestinal parasite. Her project focusses on using DNA based techniques to identify horse parasites to the species level (all of the strongyle eggs look the same). With this she is looking at potential anthelmintic resistance in the province, as well as looking at how individual horse factors and their care affects parasite load and diversity.
Interested in this event? Please let us know if you would like to attend.