Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Don't Ignore Drug-Resistant Equine Parasites

Thehorse.com - Full Article

By Edited Press Release • Mar 02, 2013 • Article #31447

In the world of human medicine, you've likely heard about concerns of bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. It works like this: Each time a person takes an antibiotic, sensitive bacteria are killed. Resistant germs, however, are left to grow and multiply, ultimately creating a population of "supergerms" that don't respond to traditional antibiotics.

What's that got to do with horses and parasites? Well, a similar theory applies. Over the years, parasites have developed resistance to certain commonly used anthelmintic classes. What does that mean for horse owners? Their horses could have parasites that are resistant to some of the deworming products owners are currently using.

So not only could owners be wasting money on products that are no longer effective in controlling some parasites, but they could also be putting their horse's health at risk and helping create bigger populations of resistant parasites...

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