We offer a convenient, cost-effective Annual Worming Package to protect your horses and ponies from internal parasites. The aim of this package is to provide a recommended protocol and prevent unnecessary deworming treatments being administered by monitoring for worms throughout the grazing season. It is designed to be purchased early in the year, before the first worm egg count in March/April time, to enable you to get most benefit from it. In winter, the package provides a wormer that eliminates all the worm types and stages that may be present when it is colder and horses are less likely to be picking them up from the pasture.
What does it include?
Information sheet and a full set of instructions 4 x Vouchers for worm egg counts (WECs) at our laboratory 4 x Bags for collection of faecal samples 1 x Wormer (Equest Pramox) for use in late winter 1 x Weigh tape Personalised interpretation of the WEC results and advice about pasture management and deworming treatments, where appropriate.
The package cost is £60 and represents a significant saving on these services and products than if they were paid for separately. It does not include the cost of any dewormers that may be recommended based on an elevated worm egg count during the grazing season, or the cost of any blood or saliva tests for tapeworms.
For more information and recommended worming advice, download our Worm Control Flyer. To purchase our Annual Worming package, call us on 01462 790221, or speak to your vet.
Submitting Faecal Samples
A suitable faecal sample would be about 4 faecal balls of fresh dung taken from several different places in the pile and collected into a glove or freezer bag and secured carefully. The sample should be clearly labelled with the horse’s name.
Try to exclude as much air as possible and submit the sample the same day either by giving it to one of our visiting vets, bringing it to our offices at Weston, or sending the sample direct to our laboratory* in Newmarket. All methods of submission should include a Faecal Worm Egg Count voucher.
If there is likely to be a delay in getting the sample to us, the sample should be chilled (not frozen) and it is preferable not to send samples to the laboratory on a Friday as they won’t be processed until the following week. It is also important that the horses are sampled separately rather than pooling samples. This way we can identify which horses are the high worm burden horses.
Please note that the Worming Package price does not include the cost of posting the sample to our laboratory.
*If you are sending a sample direct to our laboratory, the address is Rossdales Laboratories, High Street, Newmarket CB8 8JS. Don’t forget to send in a Faecal Worm Egg Count voucher and to include your name and the horse’s name.