Prepare for the challenge of Encysted Small Redworm
Small redworms are the most common worms found in horses, with the larval stages of this parasite giving the greatest cause for concern.
Small redworm larvae can encyst within horse’s gut wall throughout the year – especially in autumn and winter. Typically, sudden mass emergence of larvae will occur in spring, damaging the gut, which can cause diarrhoea and colic. This condition is known as larval cyathostominosis and has a mortality rate of up to 50%.
Hidden within the gut wall, encysted small redworm larvae can account for up to 90% of the redworm burden in a horse.
Control needs to be focused on all stages of the parasite’s lifecycle, with specific attention paid to the encysted larvae.
Time of year to treat-
It is important you consider the seasonal worming challenges when formulating your worm control plan.
Every horse should be treated for encysted small redworm in late autumn or winter.
Remember to select the most appropriate wormer for the parasite you are targeting.
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