HOW CAN YOU MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE BEST DEWORMING PROGRAM?
Our philosophy dictates that there is always a way to improve from the status quo whether it be strategic de-worming or preparing to ride for competition. We want you to become a more knowledgeable horse person and have a healthier horse partner.
Parasite control is no longer giving a different de-worming product every 6-8 weeks. Ultimate Wellness includes fecal egg counts (FEC) throughout the entire year. A FEC counts the number of small strongyles which guides us to an appropriate de-worming strategy. Research has shown that parasite resistance, especially small strongyles, is becoming evermore present and veterinary parasitologists are endorsing fecal egg counts as the gold standard. We are a professional laboratory service dedicated to analysing your horse’s manure.
Benefits to Strategic De-worming
1. Reduction in parasite resistance
2. Reduction in anthelmintic costs
3. Reduction in anthelmintic entering the environment
4. Reduction in colic episodes
5. Improved appearance
6. De-worm only when necessary
CONVENIENT DROP OFF LOCATIONS:
1. Our office: 7728 Marker Rd. Middletown MD 21769
2. River City Farm and Pet Supply: Williamsport, MD
3. Southern States: Frederick, MD & Winchester, VA
4. Snyders Elevator: Lemasters, PA
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I use rotational deworming every 6-8 weeks. Do I need to have my manure analysed?
A: Yes, research has shown that parasite resistance is occurring within horses who are on a rotational de-worming schedule.
Q: How often do I need to have a fecal egg count for my horse?
A: Three to five times a year depending on the small strongyle count.
Q: Do you do a fecal float or do you quantify the number of small strongyles?
A: We use a special slide to quantify the number of small strongyles and provide a game-plan for effective de-worming.
Q: Will it be more expensive to test my manure 3-5 times a year than to just continue rotational de-worming?
A: A recent study at North Carolina State indicates that over a 30 month period of time, de-worming costs are reduced in a herd of mares.
What is the Process?
1. Collect a fresh sample of manure (less than 6 hours) in a sealable bag, close completely, remove as much air as possible, fill out the submission sticker, and paste it onto the sealable bag.
2. Submit the sample to one of our collection refrigerators.
3. A report with a small strongyle number will be emailed to you upon receipt of a check or credit card
YOUR HORSE IS AN INDIVIDUAL, SO SHOULD BE YOUR PARASITE CONTROL