Poll

Make 'Em Count

How often do you utilize fecal egg count exams?

Annually
13%
79
Never
56%
341
As directed by my veterinarian
18%
108
For new arrivals at the barn
2%
12
Other (please specify)
12%
72

Total votes cast: 612

Comments & Write-in Answers

I do FECs several times a year to determine the need for deworming

8/24/2009 11:43:15 PM

if a client objects to the rotational deworming program they have the fecal egg count option

8/24/2009 8:19:30 PM

4 to 5 years

8/24/2009 2:54:19 PM

I rotate wormers every 2 months

8/24/2009 2:51:16 PM

Usually 3-4 times per year. Cannot know if dewormer works without an FEC

8/24/2009 2:24:12 PM

with established herd that has been together for 4 months, I sample afew every 2-3 months to monitor

8/24/2009 12:22:45 PM

Never, I deworm every other month while rotating dewormers and my horse is happy and healthy.

8/24/2009 10:48:27 AM

when i suspect worm

8/24/2009 7:52:08 AM

we do fecal counts and worm accordingly

8/23/2009 9:40:38 AM

OMG, I don't have time to do this and it's not really that reliable. Worm per Vet's instructions

8/22/2009 12:23:37 PM

2 x p/year

8/21/2009 6:31:53 PM

It's not done much here. Vet never suggested it.

8/21/2009 6:20:12 PM

Our vet does a fecal check twice a year with wellness exam

8/21/2009 1:56:23 PM

I do fecal egg counts on my horses 4 times a year, I use a natural dewormer and they have been nega

8/21/2009 11:14:28 AM

4x yr

8/21/2009 7:36:18 AM

if a specific concerns indicates

8/21/2009 12:20:04 AM

Whenever I can get a "vet" to do it--and let me see the slide!

8/20/2009 7:12:16 PM

ONe time

8/20/2009 6:56:23 PM

or if it seems like I'm having an issue

8/20/2009 6:13:09 PM

I deworm all my horses regularly.

8/20/2009 3:45:03 PM

recently every 6 weeks because of resistance developed to daily wormer

8/20/2009 3:40:07 PM

Just worm 'em 4X year.

8/20/2009 3:19:33 PM

2 -3 times per year - depending upon the results

8/20/2009 12:27:07 PM

Never done it but am considering it due to info about resistance in worms with dewormers

8/20/2009 8:39:48 AM

ONCE EVERY FEW YEARS, i HAVE A CLOSED HERD WITH NO MAJOR PROBLEMS

8/19/2009 10:10:21 PM

4 times/year. De-worming is based on what we get back.

8/19/2009 9:00:41 PM

When we think there are issues going on

8/19/2009 7:02:44 PM

Haven't done, would like to -not available where I live

8/19/2009 5:24:19 PM

I've done a couple of times in the past 8 years, but have an unchanging herd

8/19/2009 4:33:36 PM

every 2 months

8/19/2009 4:03:01 PM

Do not know how to do fecal egg count - vet too expensive

8/19/2009 3:55:33 PM

If there are issues where general worming does not seem to be working.

8/19/2009 3:16:21 PM

If my horses were then or I had more than 2, I would do fecal testing to help with medicine resistan

8/19/2009 2:50:39 PM

I worm them anyway. Fecal counts are not always reliable.

8/19/2009 2:48:56 PM

Every three months and worm only when over 200.

8/19/2009 2:43:08 PM

every 4 months

8/19/2009 2:41:00 PM

every 4 months

8/19/2009 12:30:05 PM

Every two months or sooner for horses with high counts or after deworming. I do the tests myself.

8/19/2009 11:53:00 AM

At every worming period - if count is zero, then I don't use wormer.

8/19/2009 11:35:20 AM

twice a year

8/19/2009 9:58:43 AM

I check annually and when a newbie comes to the barn they are checked also.

8/19/2009 9:38:58 AM

Just sent one recently for the first time!

8/19/2009 9:38:24 AM

monthly--I paid $130 this year to be part of a vet sponsored worming program. No worms so far.

8/19/2009 8:55:50 AM

recently, every 8 weeks on my older horse

8/19/2009 8:49:19 AM

grab sample during different horses during the year and new arrivals

8/19/2009 7:29:01 AM

quarterly

8/19/2009 6:34:08 AM

around 3 times x year

8/19/2009 4:38:55 AM

Whenever our vet tech daughter has time to do this for us--

8/19/2009 2:25:02 AM

My vet doesn't even know whether his lab can do one! Huh!

8/19/2009 2:16:07 AM

research

8/19/2009 1:14:51 AM

Occasionally/Rarely.

8/18/2009 11:57:03 PM

I did this once on one horse to see what the result was and it was nearly zero

8/18/2009 11:24:59 PM

annually and follow up if egg counts are high.

8/18/2009 11:13:40 PM

all new arrivals and young stock once a month all others every two months.

8/18/2009 10:32:22 PM

twice year

8/18/2009 9:23:18 PM

I do my own egg counts as often as I want,sometimes weekly

8/18/2009 9:19:15 PM

Our vet was surprised how the deworming did not last. We had to shorten intervals between deworming

8/18/2009 8:44:36 PM

but i do think it makes sense, just havn't done it

8/18/2009 8:07:22 PM

every 6 months - to see if worming is necessary

8/18/2009 8:05:33 PM

per vet

8/18/2009 7:39:50 PM

Did it for a couple of years. Vet felt not valid...

8/18/2009 7:26:19 PM

I do my own FEC's. I start at about 8 weeks post-trt & continue weekly until the horses become pos

8/18/2009 7:23:29 PM

Once a month. Use appropriate dewormer if FEC is positive.

8/18/2009 7:07:26 PM

the vet comes twice a year for vacs and checks egg count, also

8/18/2009 6:27:54 PM

our vet has never suggested it

8/18/2009 6:26:37 PM

whenever my horse is showing signs that may indicate a problem

8/18/2009 6:02:33 PM

Before and 14 days after a dewormer to test that product's effectiveness on the worms in a pasture

8/18/2009 5:58:44 PM

Usually prior to target dewormer

8/18/2009 5:57:29 PM

I don't even know what fecal egg count exams are

8/18/2009 5:46:50 PM

Since I don't worm, I annually test to see if I need to.

8/18/2009 5:38:35 PM

2 times a year

8/18/2009 5:27:28 PM

2 x a year

8/18/2009 5:24:20 PM

Actually 2 times a year, from different mares on my farm. Lately non have had worms.

8/18/2009 5:18:54 PM

When dewormer is $3 and testing is $12..and I may still need to deworm...this adds up.

8/18/2009 5:16:01 PM

4 time per year

8/18/2009 5:13:33 PM

only if suspect

8/18/2009 5:04:06 PM

Unless there is a free service for this, I can't afford to do it.

8/18/2009 4:52:21 PM

Do fecal counts twice a year

8/18/2009 4:42:20 PM

If I thought I had a problem, I'd consult my vet. Rural access restricts frequency of this test.

8/18/2009 4:39:46 PM

its a waste of time as most samples are not handled properly

8/18/2009 4:34:02 PM

every 4 months for all 3 horses in my barn; will deworm if FEC above 200

8/18/2009 4:31:18 PM

Before using any dewormers

8/18/2009 4:24:46 PM

Usually, every three months to see if & what we need to use in our deworming program

8/18/2009 4:19:55 PM

according to symptoms

8/18/2009 3:54:25 PM

Never, I just worm regularly

8/18/2009 3:52:49 PM

prior to worming and 3 wks post worming

8/18/2009 3:47:40 PM

30 horses, therefore too expensive and time consuming.

8/18/2009 3:40:39 PM

every 3 months

8/18/2009 3:40:18 PM

I have only used it for one horse, acting lethargic, but plan to get it done for all 11 horses SOON

8/18/2009 3:37:02 PM

deworm 6x per year

8/18/2009 3:28:03 PM

We've never done one, nor has our vet recommended it.

8/18/2009 3:18:50 PM

typically twice yearly

8/18/2009 3:11:48 PM

unless it looks like I have a problem and then as directed by my vet.

8/18/2009 3:02:57 PM

I do my own counts, based on age of horse--more when younger.

8/18/2009 3:01:21 PM

Spring and Fall

8/18/2009 3:01:11 PM

twice a year

8/18/2009 3:00:59 PM

I test 1 of my 3 horses before each worming time to know what to treat for it's only $15.

8/18/2009 2:57:30 PM

I am trying to get my barn owner to do them, but she won't (she could do them herself)

8/18/2009 2:56:30 PM

once a year

8/18/2009 2:48:52 PM

On a regular basis normally at least once every 3 months

8/18/2009 2:47:43 PM

As a vet, none of my clients utilize this. All deworm independant of my advice.

8/18/2009 2:46:30 PM

Annually on all four then rechecks for anyone who wasn't where they should be.

8/18/2009 2:43:17 PM

New arrivals and in lieu of dewromer in low-risk months

8/18/2009 2:41:17 PM

Minimum once per year. If positive I keep doing fecals until I get 2 clear. Then recheck in 3-6 mos.

8/18/2009 2:39:14 PM

Q 180 days. I am a veterinarian.

8/18/2009 2:35:05 PM

Twice a year

8/18/2009 9:27:21 AM

2x / year or more often if I suspect infestation. I do not deworm without a fecal count first.

8/18/2009 9:13:20 AM