Blood testing for small redworm
A new blood test is now available through your vet to determine whether treatment is required for encysted redworm. Here we test two horses, Lily and Chocolate, who both meet the criteria for testing to see what their results show. Despite both of them being kept together we get some surprising results. According to advice, horses with previous faecal egg count results greater than 200 e.p.g. within the last year are considered high risk and may not be appropriate for this innovative new test, so should receive a routine treatment for encysted redworm. If your horse is classed as low risk - worm counts of no greater than 200 e.p.g. within the last year, is in a closed herd with good paddock management and there is frequent poo picking, then chat to your vet further about this test. Every horse that does not require a moxidectin dose is helping preserve the chemical and delay resistance.