Overstocking horses in a field increases risk of parasites

Parasites in Spring: 4 Equine Parasites to Watch Out For

4 Common Equine Parasites Your Horses Might Have Internal parasites are a common in the lives of most grazing animals. They are often consumed along with grass, feed or water, and then make their way into various internal organs. While many parasites can infect horses, there are only a few that cause, or can cause, significant health problems. Many of these can be identified though faecal egg counts (FEC). 1. Large redworms Large redworms, or large strongyles are some of…

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Tick Prevention Week: Livestock

Tick Prevention Week: What you need to know for livestock What are ticks? Ticks are obligate parasites, meaning they require a host to complete their lifecycle. They are of great veterinary and medical importance as they are only inferior to mosquitos in their disease spreading potential. Tick species feed on livestock and other animals around the world and are a diverse and successful group. Tickborne agents can be mildly pathogenic, severely pathogenic and some can infect humans too. Additionally, ticks…

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An Introduction to Equine Pinworm (Oxyuris equi)

An Introduction to Equine Pinworm (Oxyuris equi) What is pinworm? Oxyuris equi is a common horse pinworm that affects the equine population across the world. It spends the majority of its lifecycle as an intestinal worm, but also affects the a horse’s exterior. While not as dangerous as other parasites, it can cause significant irritation. The nematode has a direct life cycle with no intermediate host. It resides in the large intestine where, after mating, adult females migrate out through the…

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