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Thursday, 2 December 2010

5 Days of 5 AM starts to clear snow from car park. I think i need rest !!!!!!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Winter Worming

Coming to a close of another month with the clocks going back this weekend. It may well be a very warm and sunny day here at wormers-direct in Leeds but I think winter is just around the corner.
We also have Bonfire night approaching with all the implications of that occasion for the owners of cats and dogs and of course horses so do take extra care when riding etc.
With regard to planning your winter worming of horses remember we are at hand at to help with any questions you have regarding what to use and when. Right now many are treating for tapeworm. We can advise on the worming products that treat for encysted small redworm. If you have any questions about what to worm your horse with and when just contact us via the web site or pick up the phone and dial 0844 80 6070

Friday, 8 October 2010

Horse of the year show this October so plenty there for us all to enjoy. I have not got chance to visit this year but I am sure those that do will enjoy the spectacle. If you are going check out the horse worming companies as they will be able to help with any queries you may have. Here at we have trained staff to help you with your worming planning and questions regarding equine worming. 0844 808 6070

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Worming horses for tapeworm

TAPEWORM (Anoplocephala perfoliata, Anoplocephala magna & Anoplocephaloides mamillana)

As we move from summer to autumn it’s a good time to think about tape worm treatment for your horse.
Tapeworms are an important and potentially very damaging parasite affecting the horse. They preferentially attach themselves to the junction of the small and large intestine the ileocaecal junction. Here, they can cause bowel irritation, intussusception (where one part of the intestine telescopes into another), rupture, or twisting of the intestine.

It is thought that tapeworm may be responsible for up to 20% of surgical colics. Tapeworms are present, to a greater or lesser extent, in the majority of horses.

Parts of the country with acidic soils (for example, heath land), which favour the survival of the intermediate host of the tapeworm (the forage or oribatid mite), tend to have the highest level of infection.

Recent studies have shown that far from being a seasonal problem, tapeworm infection occurs all year round. This is because the forage mite not only lives on pasture, but also survives perfectly well in hay and on bedding, For this reason, six- monthly dosing is an essential port of any worming programme. Remember that if you select a Pyrantel based products then it will need to be used at double the standard dose.
If you require any help with your tape worming issues just check out our help pages at

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Different chemicals work in different ways within the body of the dosed horse so extra thought needs to be given to such circumstances of age, general health condition, administration to mares, foals and stallions and also pasture management. There are many ways in which pasture management such as poo picking and field use can help in reducing the use of chemical wormers and so why not tell the experts about your particular circumstances and let them tailor a plan specifically for you.A critical time for parasite control for youngstock are the early months so take special care when treating foals ensure you select an ingredient that is suitable for use on foals and use that at the correct times.A common mistake when treating horses is under dosing so ascertain the weight of your horse as accurately as you can either by using a weight tape or even better a weigh bridge. Correct dosing is important, too little and the product will not work efficiently, to much could lead to resistance. There are brands on the market that now that treat up to 700kg in a single syringe which gives that little bit extra to play with when estimating the weight of your horses and remember we all lie about our weight so if in doubt err on the generous side.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Climate change and equine worming.
Climate changes have had an effect on pasture contamination. Although harsh frosts (and hot dry conditions) will kill infective larvae on the pasture, the milder and wetter climate now experienced in the UK has meant high levels of infective larvae can occur on the pasture at any time of year. Thus there is an increased likelihood of grazing animals acquiring parasite burdens throughout the year. Therefore if the autumn and winter remain mild and wet we will need to be more vigilant all year round. Only harrow in very dry conditions, as in damp conditions harrowing simply spreads worm eggs and larvae over the pasture and so increasing the risk of being ingested by horses.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Pinworm burden is becoming an increasing problem for UK horse owners. Pinworm (Oxyuris equi) is not generally thought to be harmful but more of a nuisance and an irritant. However it is becoming more difficult to eliminate. The female can grow up to approximately 10cm in length and are white in colour. They reside in the large intestine and attach them selves to the intestinal wall to ingest the contents for food.
Adults produce eggs approximately 5 months after the initial infection which are found on the pasture, in faeces, contaminated water fences and walls.
Eggs are ingested by the horse and L3 larvae are released in the small intestine, they then migrate to the large intestine to develop into the mucosa to L4 larvae which then emerge and mature into adults. The female adults then migrate from the large intestine to the anus where they lay eggs in clumps on the perineal skin causing irritation around the anus leading to tail rubbing. These can be removed on a daily basis by cleansing the of the tail, anus and hindquarters with warm diluted disinfectant.
Active ingredients that treat for adult and pinworm larvae are Moxidectin, Ivermectin, Febendazole and Mebendazole although not all brands are licensed so care needs to be taken by checking the brand’s label.

Extra care should be taken in the stable environment to help reduce the risk of re-contamination from buckets, feed bowls, haynets and rugs etc. Do not share grooming brushes. A thorough clean with a heavy duty disinfectant in these areas and most importantly the stable after removing all bedding will help and is always a good idea in areas of animal care and management.

In some circumstances it may be possible for your vet to prescribe special preparations or treatments.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Really wish this weather would make its mind up today, i have sun glowing through the office window then when i look outside its raining.But at least i still have plenty of wormers to pack as everyone must be worming so they can turn out the horses for the winter

Saturday, 1 May 2010

May Day

Treating for tapeworm is sometimes forgotton, the tapeworm life cycle is six months therefore we recommend treatment twice a year.If you need any help with your wormer planning we are happy to help at any time.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Wow what a busy week at work so far, glad we've got the easter holiday for a break. Everyone must be worming there horse's before they have an easter break.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Subject to availability we are currently supplying vouchers to obtain a FREE worm egg count with all purchases of Eqvalan Duo. We will send you a voucher including a unique reference code, which you will then need then to register online. You’ll then receive an email, which will let you know the date when your worm egg count kit will be sent and given further instructions on what to do once you receive it. A worm egg count can help to ensure that your horse gets the right wormer at the right time. Following the worm egg count, an independent specialist laboratory will let you know the parasite burden of your horse, detailing the worm species and numbers present. You will also be advised of the most appropriate worming plan for your horse

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

There must be alot of polo ponies out as we have never sold so many wormers in aday for polo ponies

Thursday, 4 March 2010

LaminTec 5-HT

PED’s recently launched innovation in the horse feed supplement market, LaminTec 5-HT™, has won a British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) International 2010 Innovation Award, in the Feeds & Supplements category. The company is the Reference Lab for a new type of test, Biogenic Amine Ratio or BAR™ and was set up to progress research into the root cause/s of laminitis susceptibility. Metabolic conditions associated with laminitis are life-threatening and commonly seen worldwide. P.E.D®’s innovation is to identify ‘biomarkers’ for imbalances in the body which occur over time and provide ways to measure the imbalances and help maintain health in the horse. are proud to be associated with LaminTec 5 -HT which has been available from day one. Click here for our online shop

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Spring horse worming

It might not feel it but Spring is officially here Monday. Spring a traditional time for treating with what? lots of confusing advice out there about what to worm your horse with and when but there are so many factors involved why not contact us at"where getting it right matters"

Thursday, 18 February 2010


Looking forward to going to the British Equestrian Trade Assocaition(BETA) conference this weekend

Tuesday, 16 February 2010


This March marks the tenth anniversary of the release of our own brand supplement, Suplijoint which we have developed over the years to ease the movements of horse's joints and provide a healthy, shiny coat. Don't forget supplements when caring for you horse.

What is an SQP?

At we have two qualified Animal Health Advisers known as SQP's. An SQP is known by the legally defined term "Suitably Qualified Person". An SQP must pass a set of exams to demonstrate animal health knowledge and an understanding of the legal system, and then register with AMTRA. SQPs are allowed to prescribe and/or supply certain medicines for farm animals,horse and pets.

Ask Questions

Just got the new blog up. Looks okay? Worming is a difficult topic to get right but is vital for the health of your horse or pet. That's why specific, professional advice is key. I've enabled anyone to comment on this blog, member of blogspot or not so feel free to ask any worming related questions and a member of our SQP team will get back to you.