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HORSE OWNERS KNOW THEIR PARASITE RISK

HORSE OWNERS KNOW THEIR PARASITE RISK

Fecal egg count (FEC) testing is the best way to identify a high- or low-shedding horse and also will tell you how often to deworm adult horses. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) recommends that every adult horse have at least one FEC per year, beginning at 6 months of age. Making FEC testing part of spring wellness appointments is an easy way to make the most of your time and your clients' time.

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It is also important to stress that even with negative FEC results, the AAEP recommends a minimum of two dewormings per year, once in the spring and once in the fall, for all horses to protect against reinfection. Additional treatments may be necessary depending on the FEC test results and parasite exposure risk factors, such as the age of the horse, travel and pasture sanitation.