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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone had a FEC for worms?

I am considering having my vet do a FEC for my horses. They are wormed regularly but the pasture they are on had horses previously who were not very well cared for. I want to know if I am using the right type(s) of wormer and not doing it too frequently or infrequently. Has anyone had one done, and how much did it cost?
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 10:39 AM
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If you are referring to a FECAL, yes, many of us here have and continue to do them on a regular basis, since this is the new recommendation by many vets now. Mine are around $15 both in VA and NY. Frankly, about the same cost of wormer, which I frequently find is not necessary due to the testing.

THere have been several threads about this. I am sure if you search you can easily find them.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-29-2011, 05:16 PM
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I had one run on all 3 of the my horses last week - all 3 are clean (still have to deworm for tapeworms, though). It cost $25/horse. But they don't need to be checked & possibly dewormed until the spring vet appt now. If they are clean then, we'll start running fecal's once per year. Well worth the $25, IMO.

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i do it on my 4 and i worm to what my vet says i should after the tests are run. its more effective then guessing and just buying wormers imo :/
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I had my horse tested the last two springs. Both times he came up worm free. I just worm him twice a year. I like the idea of not overdoing it and contributing the the superworm population.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-30-2011, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you- that is my thought exactly. Also I have no idea what types of worms the previous horses were carrying, or how long they will last (The field has been empty for at least 2 years). But it freaks me out when I read about the resistance they have now, and I also don't think it can be good for the horse to give it too many chemicals, not to mention the pocketbook!
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