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        03-07-2011, 09:32 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Why is this so unheard of?

    I want to have a fecal done on my boy before I worm him to be sure that I am only worming him for things he has. Everyone I know is telling me I'm "nuts to spend that kind of money." ($30 on my horse's heath, big whoop)

    Even three different vets told me I should just rotate wormers and there is no need to do a fecal, ever.

    What gives?
         
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        03-07-2011, 09:35 PM
      #2
    Trained
    My clinic does that too, its a pretty new practice a lot of places, we have been doing it for only a year. We charge $18 each test and test 2x a year. We also only deworm 2-3x a year. So it really isnt more expensive than deworming every month or every other month.
         
        03-07-2011, 09:38 PM
      #3
    Trained
    What? I know that not a whole lot of people do them regularly, but why would 3 vets discourage it? You're paying them to do it because you want to know? Not going to lie, that should really be any of their business. Now if you planned on doing something that would harm your horse, then they should obviously discourage it.

    I plan to test my mare for OWLS because her dam was an overo, but she ended up solid. I'm just curious and if I ever planned to breed her (probably will never happen), I should know. But I'm curious. I want to know. Odd comparison, but it's all I could think of.

    Random.. Did they give a reason for saying not to do it? It's not like it's some expensive procedure.. it's $30
         
        03-07-2011, 09:52 PM
      #4
    Trained
    This is the thinking that has lead to resistance to dewormers. It is becoming a big problem in different parts of the country. People are not deworming properly or just over doing it.

    Most of the time I only de worm 2 times a year. I also run titers on my horses and by doing this I only have to vaccinate when needed which is about every 3 years or so. I have older horses who have levels that they have not been vaccinated in years.
         
        03-07-2011, 09:57 PM
      #5
    Foal
    There are a couple local vets who recommend doing a fecal then deworming accordingly. I deworm my horses on the paste rotation just because I board and you never know .... My vet only charges $10 per horse and you can get the do it yourself kits from horse.com.
         
        03-07-2011, 10:01 PM
      #6
    Trained
    Actually it doesnt matter all that much if you board. I board at a pretty large boarding facility and we test all the horses [not just a few from the herd like some vets allow] about 50% of horses can control their parasite load on their own. The only reason to deworm horses like this a couple times a year is to get the parasites that can not be detected in a fecal test.
         
        03-07-2011, 10:24 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    I worm every three months, or roughly once a season, as a precaution.

    Maybe they feel it's really not needed and don't want to increase the work load. I had a vet tell me I didn't need my gelding's teeth floated because he didn't have any trouble spots or wolf teeth (he just turned five).

    He did charge me for looking at him though, figures XD
         
        03-07-2011, 10:36 PM
      #8
    Trained
    You are smart to do a fecal. If for no other reason than to eliminate doing unnecessary wormings. Several of the monthly rotation products out there are overused to the point where worms are developing a resistance to them. You are much better off treating just what worms you actually knowing are there. I plan to do the same this year at spring shots.
         
        03-08-2011, 10:17 PM
      #9
    Trained
    Eek ! My horse had 200 eggs per gram [i did her ff at work today !] its quest time !
         
        03-08-2011, 10:19 PM
      #10
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    eek ! My horse had 200 eggs per gram [i did her ff at work today !] its quest time !
    We're doing spring shots tomorrow. If my horse drops a poop before he gets there, should I just bag a piece for him in case doesn't go again?
         

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