Milbourn Equine have introduced a worming programme based on worm egg counts and individual advice in response to demand from clients and in order to reduce unnecessary worming of horses.
For decades most horses have received regular doses of wormers regardless of requirement. This is increasing resistance to wormers which are becoming gradually less effective. It is therefore important that we move towards targeted dosing and basing a worming programme on the results of worm egg counts.
We would like to invite you to join this programme- for a cost of £35.00 per horse per annum we will perform as many worm egg counts as we deem necessary (at least 5 per year) for that horse and a vet will advise you on your actions accordingly. Tapeworm testing will be carried out at an additional cost to the worming programme.
An individually tailored worming programme will therefore be created for your horse. A questionnaire is issued at the beginning of the programme to allow the information given to be as accurate as possible.Please see below for a copy of the questionnaire.
Please note that there are certain times of year when you will be advised to worm even if the egg count is zero (due to encysted worms and tapeworms not being detected by worm egg counts), you will be advised about this when the vet discusses the results with you.
N.B Please bring in faecal samples for testing Monday to Thursday in a plastic bag labelled with your horse's name and surname.
Testing for tapeworms cannot be done through the standard faecal worm egg count. Either a blood test or the Equisal Tapeworm saliva test can be used to identify whether your horse has a tapeworm burden.
A blood sample can be taken by your vet to test, a method known as the ELISA or tapeworm antibody test. A horse with a high level of tapeworm infection will produce a large number of antibodies, which can be detected in the blood.
The test indicates a broad level of intensity, rather than tapeworm numbers. The amount of antibodies will indicate whether the burden is low, medium or high.
The Equisal Tapeworm saliva test is an option which we offer to to provide a complete worming assessment for your horse alongside the standard faecal worm egg counts.
The advantage of the Equisal test is that it is performed with a swab of saliva taken from the horse’s mouth which is much quicker and less invasive than a blood test.
The Equisal test has been shown to have very similar effectiveness as the blood test in detecting the presence of tapeworms. The procedure is simple and full instructions are provided in the kit which is available from us.The cost is £17.96 per horse.
A swab is inserted into the mouth where the bit normally goes, then placed into a collection tube which is then posted to the laboratory by the owner for analysis.The result is returned to the practice and your vet will contact you with advice for treatment if required.
Tapeworm testing is best carried out a minimum of four months after the last blood test, saliva test or tapeworm treatment and so we would recommend testing twice yearly in March and September. We recommend testing rather than blanket treatment for tapeworms to reduce the development of resistance to the medicines used to treat them.