FEC – Fecal Egg Count – is being recommended to horse owners instead of regular deworming.
Testing for fecal egg count can benefit owners as well as their horses. FEC has shown to save owners money. It benefits the horses by avoiding unnecessary deworming. It will also maintain the potency and success of dewormers.
Research at the Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland has shown that the majority of horses have a low or negative FEC count. Only about 20% of horses tested have a high FEC count meaning that most horses do not need deworming on a regular basis.
Results of the research team’s cost comparison were that FEC testing showed a substantial savings over deworming in a period of a year.
Perhaps we should consider FEC testing for all our pets before deworming.