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Does your veterinarian recommend fecal egg count exams?

Yes
43%
256
No
33%
196
I don't know, we haven't discussed it
24%
139

Total votes cast: 591

Comments & Write-in Answers

I always have to ask to have one done.

8/9/2010 3:43:41 PM

I have not yet done fecal, but its best for preventing wormer resistance.

8/9/2010 2:38:36 PM

We did do one with our old vet when our horse was sick.

8/9/2010 12:09:34 PM

I am the one who asks the vet to do the fecal every year.

8/9/2010 10:00:25 AM

Can they tell which type of worm egg it is? Not just by season?

8/8/2010 2:22:48 PM

but he should

8/7/2010 9:57:34 PM

we have not discussed it....yet. However I don't think he would be against it :)

8/7/2010 5:02:20 PM

My dog vet does, but not horse vet

8/6/2010 3:46:55 PM

He doesn't really recommend, but supports my choice to do so

8/6/2010 3:41:36 PM

She doesn't reccomend having it done but offers it as a service, thinks that it's a waste of $$.

8/6/2010 10:52:23 AM

My vet all but dismissed fecal counts, saying just worm and don't worry

8/6/2010 7:34:26 AM

It's the only sensible approach since there are no new deworming agents in the pipeline!

8/5/2010 9:08:24 PM

all the time!

8/5/2010 5:24:05 PM

As an ex vet tech, I do mine myself.

8/5/2010 5:08:21 PM

Only on my small animals, not really utilized on the horses unless suspected problem

8/5/2010 3:25:03 PM

i have one horse at my barn. in order to have accurate FEC you need 8+ horses tested multiple times

8/5/2010 1:04:12 PM

it's expensive compared to buying a tube of dewormer. Make it cheap and I'll do it.

8/5/2010 8:54:28 AM

Did it myself and was so surprised

8/5/2010 8:28:43 AM

I wish they did. I think it is just as important as our vaccinations

8/4/2010 10:59:03 PM

But barn manager where I board and her vet does!

8/4/2010 5:41:26 PM

My vet says to do egg counts on all horses and deworm the high counts due to dewormer resistance.

8/4/2010 4:29:56 PM

should he?

8/4/2010 3:01:11 PM

hasn't mentioned it to me

8/4/2010 2:53:35 PM

Doing Counts on all 100 head, would be timely & costly

8/4/2010 2:34:28 PM

twice a year

8/4/2010 1:11:04 PM

Does not know how to explain it to clients Vet thinks clients did not go to college and can't read.

8/4/2010 12:52:18 PM

He used to, when he did tube worming (in the olden days!)

8/4/2010 11:13:07 AM

Yes, but my horses are on a strict worm shedule & no problems...

8/4/2010 10:40:38 AM

of course they do, anything to make a $, when I can do them myself!

8/4/2010 10:23:04 AM

Cheaper to do FEC than inflict drugs on my horse that she doesn not need every 6-8 weeks.

8/4/2010 10:17:12 AM

She does twice a year.

8/4/2010 10:12:34 AM

Fecal counts are not accurate - especially in large herds and no de-worming management

8/4/2010 1:10:29 AM

And he's shown me how to do them.

8/4/2010 1:05:07 AM

One boarder is a med tech so we do our own, based on vet's recommendation.

8/4/2010 12:09:01 AM

It has never come up with any vet consult I have had in 35 years

8/4/2010 12:00:23 AM

Just started testing this summer. Needed to beef up the worming program.

8/3/2010 10:59:00 PM

never -- my vet actually scoffed at me when I asked about it

8/3/2010 10:12:06 PM

No vet I've ever used has.

8/3/2010 10:10:34 PM

If we feel there might be a problem

8/3/2010 9:46:41 PM

Doesn't matter;try to get all boarders to do this! Ha! Futile effort..$$$

8/3/2010 7:53:36 PM

it was crucial in managing deworming for my 5 horses

8/3/2010 7:09:21 PM

Unless extensive testing is conducted, too many eggs are typically missed and therefore go untreated

8/3/2010 7:02:11 PM

just had it done, negative

8/3/2010 6:06:20 PM

Not recommended for the tiny herd where my easykeeper horse lives.(only 3 equines)

8/3/2010 6:01:37 PM

no vet in my 30 yrs of having horses referred fecal exams

8/3/2010 5:49:32 PM

Vet has never recommended , but I have taken in a sample for testing

8/3/2010 5:31:09 PM

That is the only way I deworm now. What a money saver and a horse saver!

8/3/2010 5:25:26 PM

I have never heard of this in California or Neveda

8/3/2010 5:16:54 PM

there are new recommendations re. time between worming & fecal test -depending on wormer class

8/3/2010 4:50:34 PM

NO, & I wouldn't have it done anyway. I am tired of spending money on diagnostic testing.

8/3/2010 4:30:27 PM

My small animal vet is totally for it, but the horse vet never mentions it.

8/3/2010 4:24:19 PM

My vet wants to make big $$, so he recommends that HE does the worming. Yea, right! NOT!

8/3/2010 4:09:20 PM

Say it can give a false result. Might not show up in count byt they might really have the worms.

8/3/2010 4:07:22 PM

Our vet recommended FEC as part of a systematic deworming program, to fight resistance to dewormers.

8/3/2010 3:47:05 PM

I have asked but he never says to do it. I do it on my own

8/3/2010 3:43:25 PM

No but I do them anyway.

8/3/2010 3:39:20 PM

Fecal exams are crucial to avoid worming unecessarily. Not using fecals contributes to immunity issu

8/3/2010 3:38:30 PM

Have been tayloring our dewormbing program accordingly.

8/3/2010 3:29:22 PM

He recommended, I had it done and now only need to worm twice a year for 4 horses!

8/3/2010 3:21:12 PM

If you deworm on reg.basis you shouldn't need too.

8/3/2010 3:13:38 PM

You are foolish to not! You can even do them yourself (as long as you are not horse-poo adverse)

8/3/2010 2:55:33 PM

Just recommends a daily worming supplement

8/3/2010 2:50:48 PM

My vet does not so I send samples to Horsemen's Labratory / Dr Byrd

8/3/2010 2:37:13 PM

never rotated wormer use. always checked 1st.

8/3/2010 2:33:29 PM

using alot less wormer

8/3/2010 1:37:08 PM

I've been able to reduce my dewormer use sigificantly. One mare only has to get wormed 1x a year.

8/3/2010 10:16:01 AM

It makes sense.

8/3/2010 9:43:06 AM

Rely on exams for my worming programme + worm for tapeworm as well

8/3/2010 9:20:56 AM