Are a parasite that require careful treatment and quick intervention if they infect your horse or foal.
Adult Lungworms are long and thin and can range from 25 to 70mm in length
- Lungworm eggs are passed out in the droppings of infected horses.
- The eggs travel to the intestines and it is from here that they burrow through the walls of the intestines and enter the circulatory system.
- Via the circulatory system they enter the lungs and it is here that the most damage is caused.
- The larvae irritate the bronchioles in the horses lungs and often cause a persistent cough and difficulty in breathing as well as a reduced appetite and sense of well being.
- The larvae mature into adults in the lungs and the female lungworm lay eggs.
- These eggs are coughed up and re swallowed and leave the horse in the droppings.
Horses At Risk
All horses are potentially at risk, more mature horses develop a resistance to Lungworms, but foals do not posses this immunity and are therefore at risk
- Persistent cough
- Parasitic bronchitis
- Difficulty in breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Where possible separate older horses from young foals
- Maintain a regular de worming program.
- Consult with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that you have an adequate worming programme in place.
- Maintain good pasture management.