vets back Pfizer
equine vets have pledged their support for Pfizers new educational
worming policy which highlights the vital importance of rotation
between the three chemical groups of wormers for routine worm control.
Animal Health, manufacturer of the equine wormer Strongid-P, has
become increasingly concerned about the apparent confusion amongst
horse owners with regard to worm control. Emphasis on brand marketing
means that owners are rotating between brands and not between chemical
groups and resistance is becoming a serious issue.
independent survey of horse owners, conducted at the Royal Windsor
Horse Show last year, confirmed the current confusion about how
to worm horses effectively. The results clearly demonstrate the
continuing need to educate owners clearly and simply to ensure that
they worm their horses in the most effective way possible.
survey involved asking horse owners three simple multiple-choice
questions about worming. Although 91% of those asked clearly understood
the meaning of resistance to wormers, a phenomenal 43%
of respondents believe that brands of wormers need to be rotated
annually rather than the actual chemical groups. A frightening 14%
also believed that an all in one wormer actually treats
the horse for flu and tetanus as well as worms.
the support of equine vets, including Dr Derek Knottenbelt BVM&S,
DVM, MRCVS, Head of the Philip Leverhulme Large Animal Teaching
Hospital, University of Liverpool, Pfizer is taking serious steps
to provide unbiased, clear, concise and user-friendly information
to enable horse owners to worm their horses simply and effectively.
The company is even actively encouraging horse owners to use non-Pfizer
brands where this fits with the rotational plan.
Pfizer Animal Health on 01737 331333 (Option 1) for general worming
advice and a free copy of the Worming and Rotation Guide, featuring
Mary King and a poster for your tack room.