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Tapeworms, seen here under a microscope, can cause both animal and human health concerns.

Be vigilant when it comes to tapeworms

Beef 911: Even if you don’t have livestock, pets can be infected and pose a risk to their owners

Over the years, it seems like different species of tapeworms are increasing in frequency, with the risk of production losses also increasing. It also appears the risk of contacting a potentially very serious human disease is also increasing. (I will briefly cover this disease, echinococcus, at the end of this article.) We see different tapeworm

The fecal egg count (FEC) test measures the number and type of parasite eggs a horse is passing in its manure and this information helps horse owners 
better target the use of deworming products.

Shwetz: The evolution of deworming strategies in the horse

Old recommendations of regular treatments aren’t the best course of action anymore

Many horse owners are very committed to the regular and timely deworming of their horses. Oral paste dewormers have become a major staple in stables, tack shops, feed outlets and veterinary pharmacies and thus are readily available to the horse owner. Although this availability of paste and gel dewormers does seem ideal, the traditional practices


Depending on the type of parasitic larvae, clinical signs can include coughing and slight diarrhea or weight loss.

Got poor weight gain in cattle? Check for parasites

Beef 911: Even seemingly healthy cattle might do better after deworming

This season has really turned around in Western Canada in terms of moisture. This has seen the pastures shoot up, humidity run up and should lead to optimal survival of internal parasite larvae. If turnout to pasture occurred at normal times, maximum picking up of larvae has or is occurring so internal levels will be

desktop microscope

Targeted deworming can help maintain herd health

Treating horses that are ‘heavy shedders’ can reduce total parasitic infestations on the farm by up to 80 per cent

Most horse owners are keenly aware of the importance deworming plays in the health of their horses. Veterinarians, pharmaceutical companies and extension programs have done an exceptional job at promoting frequent scheduled dewormings. Yet recent science about the biology of equine parasites has found that using more deworming compound does not necessarily result in a