Has My Horse Got Worms?

You cannot tell definitely by simple by looking at a horse whether or not he has worms. 
Some horses change their physical appearance and get colic where as others can support a large worm burden with no indication whatsoever.

The only way to know definitely whether your horse has worms is to carry out regular faecal egg count tests on the dung of the horse, or a blood test.  For tapeworm a blood test called the ELISA test needs to be carried out by your Vet.

In severe cases the following symptoms may occur; (but if you wait until you see these symptoms your horse may have permanent damage.  We recommend acting before the issue is this severe.)

• Weight Loss
• Dull, lifeless coat
• Pot bellied appearance
• Regular bouts of colic
• Colic after giving a chemical wormer
• Diarrhoea
• Lack of energy

It is always advisable to carry out faecal egg counts to ensure that your worming program is working and your horse or pony is free from worms. 

Our Consultants, call 01267 223322, can assist you if you need additional advice or information but If you are at all concerned about the health of your horse or pony then you should contact your Vet.

Don’t forget if you would like to carry out a faecal egg count on your horse they are currently on special offer for ONLY £9.95, click here to buy one now.