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    08-01-2012, 05:57 PM
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Pro
Weanling
Could someone please help me understand the results of my horse's fecal tests?

I had a FEC done for my horses.

The results were:

Allie-none seen and Pro-Stronglytes

That didn't really answer my question, so I asked again and this is the answer I got:

Pro I saw 5-6 Stronglyte ova per low power field

I don't really understand what this means, so if anyone could tell me I would really appreciate it.

I was recommended to do Ivermection for Pro and I asked the vet if it would be okay to leave Allie until after the first frost when I use Equimax, but I haven't heard back yet.

Thanks!
     
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    08-01-2012, 06:15 PM
  #2
Super Moderator
It means that you need to deworm for Strongyles now. I would use something other than Ivermectin and use it after frost.

I would use Strongid or SafeGuard now.
     
    08-01-2012, 06:31 PM
  #3
Pro
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cherie    
It means that you need to deworm for Strongyles now. I would use something other than Ivermectin and use it after frost.

I would use Strongid or SafeGuard now.
What I was asking was more along the line of if this was really high level or not too bad..... I haven't had a fecal test done for them before, so I'm not sure what it means.

I was also thinking it might be a better idea to use something other than Ivermectin now, because doesn't Equimax have a percent of Ivermectin in it? I use Equimax after the frost, so I'm not too keen on using the same base twice. Hopefully I have the right idea of this :).

The last wormer I used was Safe-Guard, which was in April.
     
    08-01-2012, 07:37 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Deworm him now with whatever is indicated. You can still safely use the Equimax this fall.
     
    08-01-2012, 09:49 PM
  #5
Foal
I always thought they did eggs per gram.... I'm not sure if 5-6 per low field is really bad or not either. I don't know but i'm interested to know now!

As for worming I'd go with ivermectin too.... I was told you have to double does strongid and if you just used safegard i'd mix it up again ust bcause he has worms.
     
    08-01-2012, 09:54 PM
  #6
Started
I've never read a fecal on a horse before)but I have on dogs and cats) so I'm not sure the standard, but for a dog or cat I would consider 5-6 per field fairly high. Like I said tho, I'm talking about dogs and cats not horses.
     
    08-02-2012, 04:06 PM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paint Mom    
I always thought they did eggs per gram.... I'm not sure if 5-6 per low field is really bad or not either. I don't know but i'm interested to know now!

As for worming I'd go with ivermectin too.... I was told you have to double does strongid and if you just used safegard i'd mix it up again ust bcause he has worms.
That's what I thought too. Eggs per gram. There are lots of articles on this topic, but the 5 - 6 per low field isn't what you usually get told.... I think 200 eggs per gram is okay.
     
    08-02-2012, 10:40 PM
  #8
Weanling
Actually my fecal kit recommends worming at 200 per gram

When I do my fecal count with my Chalix kit I count all the eggs with in the two grids and multiply by 25 that gives me my count.

Super Nova
     
    08-03-2012, 01:45 AM
  #9
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by AQHA    
That's what I thought too. Eggs per gram. There are lots of articles on this topic, but the 5 - 6 per low field isn't what you usually get told.... I think 200 eggs per gram is okay.

Eggs per gram would be if they were doing centrifugation which is a much more reliable method. Eggs per high power field is a count based off of sugar solution floatation. Still good, but is more like 75% reliable at detecting parasites. It is important to note that tapeworms can be missed with both methods and it is therefore important to deworm with praziquantel at least once per year.
     

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