Utilization and methodology regarding equine parasite management
Britt, Anthony Dwight
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Anthelmintic resistance became one of the leading problems in parasite management. Cyathostomins, small strongyles, are the most widespread parasite observed in equine fecal egg assessments due to their high prevalence and increasing resistance to anthelmintics. In order to provide county Extension agents recommendations, horse owners were surveyed on their parasite management procedures and where they receive new information regarding equine management practices. Limiting the use of anthelmintics by incorporating fecal egg counts became the solution to decrease resistance; however, the survey shows 42% of the respondents are aware of anthelmintic resistance and are not trending toward this procedure. Another part of this study was to compare reliability and precision of McMasters and mini-FLOTAC methods in quantifying cyathostomins in field situations within the horse. Results indicated that the mini-FLOTAC procedure provides more sensitivity and reliability in quantifying cyathostomins in horses.