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Are your worming drugs working?
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Are your worming drugs working?

There’s a simple way to find out.

It’s easy to keep on worming our horses in the belief that the drugs are killing the parasites and all is well. But how do we know they are working? What if some worms have become resistant and are slowly breeding a population of parasites on your grazing land that are untouchable by chemicals? The good news is that we can test to see how effective the drugs have been and Westgate Labs is stepping in to make this as easy as possible for horse owners.

Autumn Parasite control
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Autumn Parasite control

time to test for tapeworm, redworm and roundworm

Autumn is traditionally a time for proactive parasite control in horses. We are told it's tapeworm time and have also traditionally given a dose for encysted redworm at this time. But wait!

Looks can be deceptive!
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Looks can be deceptive!

Calculating weight estimates in horses

Being able to accurately assess the weight of an animal is important for many reasons, particularly for calculating medication quantities such as wormers and in aiding dietary management. But unless you have ready access to a weighbridge this is sometimes easier said than done especially as research shows weight estimates by eye can vary as much as 30%.

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.