A vet friend ( small animal, not equine) says that she might switch her worming schedule from every few months, to just when fecal tests, done often enough, show that de worming is needed. Any thoughts on this idea?
It's a good idea. First you need to know what you are worming for And have an estimate how heavy the load is. Secondly we are creating "super worms" that are becoming immune to standard worming practices. So I don't think it's a "never worming" mindset, more of a smarter worming practice.
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Constant and over use of wormers has created a resistance to the active ingredients so fecal egg counts target specific worms and allow you to use the best product for the job rather than being random about it - quite often they don't need doing at all
Bear in mind that tapeworm, encysted worms and sometimes bots won't show up so even with a negative count you should still deworm seasonally for these parasites
I do fecals also. I'm a nurse and there is a huge problem with "super bugs" because of the over-use of antibiotics for every little thing. Now, very few of them work and we have to use more toxic ones when we really need one. Same thing with worms. If just a few worms survive a worming dose they are the resistant ones. So they survive and produce genetically identical offspring that are also immune to the wormer. And they produce LOTS of babies. It just gets worse and worse. The worms get more resistant all the time. I'm not saying don't worm if you need to just ONLY if you need to. You can buy mail order fecal test kits for around $20.
The method you're describing is the method that has been recommended by AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) for at least the past 10 years. As a vet herself, I'm glad she has started following that method instead of rotational deworming!