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How to Collect Manure for a Fecal Egg Count

Performing regular fecal egg count testing is an important step in equine parasite management. Collecting a manure sample is easy, but it must be done properly to ensure accurate test results. Be sure to request that feces are examined for a strongyle egg count in horses aged two years and up. Ontario Veterinary College researcher Dr. Andrew Peregrine says, “Less than three percent of horse owners perform fecal exams and to date this is the only way to find out if your horse is carrying an unhealthy parasite burden.” He recommends all horse owners get in the habit of performing a fecal at least once a year. Peregrine advises horse owners to discuss the right parasite control program with their vet to be sure they are following an individual program that is right for their horse. If the fecal egg count is high, another exam two weeks after deworming will…

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