Killers from the deep: Horse worms hit the small screen

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Jenny Rudall meets parasitology expert Thomas Tzelos at the Moredun Research Institute in Scotland, as part of the Vet Essentials TV episode on worm control in horses. 
Jenny Rudall meets parasitology expert Thomas Tzelos at the Moredun Research Institute in Scotland, as part of the Vet Essentials TV episode on worm control in horses.

Horse worms as entertainment? Why not! A TV show airing now in Britain promises to make the squirmy topic of equine parasites entertaining as well as informative.

Horse & Country TV says its Vet Essentials episode on worm control in horses will give equestrians everything they need to know about worming their horses to keep them healthy.

The programme, in association with animal health company, Zoetis, follows presenter Jenny Rudall on her mission to explore every aspect of worming horses, including how to tackle encysted small redworm.

Rudall talks to vet Ben Gaskell from Minster Vets for the low-down on worm control, before heading off to the Moredun Research Institute in Scotland to meet parasitology experts Jacqui Matthews and Thomas Tzelos to find out more about the role of faecal worm egg counts, the damage that can be caused by worm burdens and the growing problem of resistance.

Zoetis vet Wendy Talbot says: “The programme should be a big help to horse owners. It will help them to understand all the important aspects of worming horses, specifically about the threat of encysted small redworm at this time of year. This, in turn, should help them to protect their horses against this potentially fatal parasite.”

Encysted small redworms.
Encysted small redworms. © Zoetis

The programme is screening on Horse & Country TV (Sky Channel 253) until March 26.

Zoetis says that every horse should receive an annual treatment to combat encysted small redworm, ideally during November/December and certainly before the spring arrives.

There are only two active ingredients licensed to treat for encysted small redworm: a single dose of moxidectin, or a five-day course of fenbendazole. Resistance to fenbendazole is now widespread in Britain so a resistance test is recommended before using it.

www.zoetis.co.uk

Jenny Rudall discusses worm control with Ben Gaskell from Minster Vets in Yorkshire.
Jenny Rudall discusses worm control with Ben Gaskell from Minster Vets in Yorkshire.

 

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