Tapeworm saliva test for horses

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A recent study published in the Equine Veterinary Journal, reports of findings from 234 horses at “Bansby Horses” in Lincoln, where they used the product EquiSal for tapeworm testing through the saliva and the results were used to inform on the administration of anthelmintic over the course of one year.

This approach, the saliva testing, has significantly reduced the use of anti-tapeworm medications by astonishing 86% compared to the traditional treatment strategies on every 6 months.

The study also suggests that some horses, individuals, are more susceptible to infections than others. 7 out of 237 horses that were subjected to this study had the need for additional treatment for tapeworms.

Three types of tapeworms are found to infest horses: Anoplocephala magna, A perfoliata, and Paranoplocephala mamillana. A. magna and P. mamillana can be found in the small intestine, while A. perfoliate is mostly detected in the ileocecal junction, the cecum, and the ileum.

Light infections may not show any symptoms, but with heavy infections, there will be GI disturbances, anemia, ulceration of the mucosa, intestinal perforation, peritonitis, and colic.

 

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