Quelling the resistance

By Connie Orcutt • Published: October 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Did you know that hundreds of parasites can lurk in a single dew drop waiting to be eaten by your horse? Once ingested, these invaders rapidly multiply and can cause diarrhea, colic, intestinal obstruction and even death. When the parasites pass more eggs into the environment, the vicious cycle continues.

Veterinarians once sought to rid horses of all parasites by continual deworming, but this led parasites to develop resistance to many once-powerful medications. Protocols have changed. Veterinarians now rely on diagnostics to identify and treat horses shedding the most parasites, tailor deworming therapies to specific horses and monitor horses’ responses to treatments. Pasture management has also become an important strategy in outwitting these pests.

Your veterinarian is your strongest ally in the battle of mighty steed versus microscopic predator.