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War of the Worms

Anthelmintic (wormer) resistance is a growing problem affecting the health and welfare of livestock and horses but what is it and what does it mean? The Moredun Research Institute has teamed up with animator Selina Wagner (Blobina Animations) to create a short film highlighting the important elements involved in the development and spread of anthelmintic resistance as well as the crucial messages on sustainable methods of worm control. 

Professor Jacqui Matthews on the dangers of encysted redworm

Professor Jacqui Matthews of the Moredun Research Institute, Scotland explains why high burdens of encysted small redworm, if left unchecked, can turn your horse’s large intestine into a life-threatening ‘big leaky tea bag’.

Wocket Woy & The Pwoducer on Poo picking

Wocket Woy says clean your fields! 💩🐴 Here's why you should try and poo pick every day...

New look website
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New look website

same great service for our customers

Help, it all looks different! Here at Westgate Labs we’ve been really busy updating our systems to enable us to bring you the very best service for your animals’ worm control.

Westgate worm count kits voted product of the year finalist 2016
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Westgate worm count kits voted product of the year finalist 2016

voted product of the year finalist 2016

The end of 2016 heralded great news for us here at Westgate Labs! We were overjoyed to open the January issue of Your Horse Magazine to find that their lovely readers had voted our worm egg count kit into the top ten products of the year in their 2016 gear guide.

Diagnostic test for encysted small redworm
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Diagnostic test for encysted small redworm

In Developmenet

work is now underway to validate a laboratory test for the detection of encysted small redworm, with the anticipation that it will be commercially available in the next 1-2 years.

Pinpoint Pesky Pinworm Problems with the new retail test kit
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Pinpoint Pesky Pinworm Problems with the new retail test kit

with the new retail test kit

Horses itch for many reasons including sweetitch and fly irritation but repeated tail rubbing could also be a sign of pinworm (Oxyuris Equi), a pesky little parasite that has been on the increase in horses over the last few years.

What can go wrong with worm control; a veterinary view
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What can go wrong with worm control; a veterinary view

from Westgate vet Carolyn Cummins

For the third installment of our 'ask the expert' series we go to Carolyn Cummins MVB Phd MRCVS, consultant vet to Westgate Laboratories to get a veterinary view on the importance of good parasite control:

Reduce the risk of worming by supporting good gut health
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Reduce the risk of worming by supporting good gut health

by supporting good gut health

Treating your horse for worms is important but worming drugs can cause imbalances in the gut bacteria which in turn can create its own problems. To help you protect your horse when giving this medication we talked to veterinary surgeon Liam Gamble MA VetMB MRCVS from Protexin Equine Premium about using probiotics help to restore the balance by promoting the growth of good bacteria.

EquiSal tapeworm test receives further scientific validation
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EquiSal tapeworm test receives further scientific validation

peer reviewed by the Veterinary Clinical Pathology journal

Publication in a peer reviewed journal means that subject specialists have fully reviewed, or refereed, the research paper. The publication of the EquiSal Tapeworm validation paper therefore demonstrates quality of science, reliability of the findings and that the research is of an accepted standard.