Wormer re­sis­tance

The horse world needs your help: how to act and why

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LIFE IN YOUR horse’s pad­dock may look the same, but be­neath the tufts of grass, it’s a dif­fer­ent story. Worms, which once upon a time could be eas­ily out­wit­ted by a dose of wormer, are becoming in­creas­ingly re­sis­tant to the drugs that are cur­rently avail­able. With­out ef­fec­tive worm­ers — and with no new ones on the hori­zon — the fu­ture for pro­tect­ing horses against worms and the prob­lems they can cause (in­clud­ing colic, weight loss and di­ar­rhoea) is un­cer­tain. Horse own­ers are in a prime po­si­tion to slow down wormer re­sis­tance, but ac­tion is needed now to safe­guard drugs for gen­er­a­tions to come.

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