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Saliva test shown to reduce anthelmintic use in horses
The EquiSal Tapeworm saliva test accurately diagnoses horses with a tapeworm infection.
Test reduced use of anti-tapeworm treatments by 86 per cent

A targeted treatment strategy using a tapeworm saliva test has been shown to control tapeworm burdens and significantly reduce the use of anti-tapeworm anthelmintics.

The Equine Veterinary Journal study reports findings from 237 horses at UK welfare charity, Bransby Horses, where EquiSal Tapeworm saliva testing was used to inform anthelmintic administration over a year.

This diagnostic approach led to the reduced use of anti-tapeworm treatments by 86 per cent compared to six monthly interval treatment strategies.

The EquiSal Tapeworm saliva test accurately diagnoses horses with a tapeworm infection, providing a low, borderline or moderate/high diagnosis. Treatment is recommended for horses with a borderline or moderate/high result.

In this latest study, most horses diagnosed below the treatment threshold in the first saliva test remained below the threshold in the following two tests. 168 horses (71 per cent) required no anti-tapeworm treatment at all.

No increase in tapeworm infection prevalence was observed during the study period and only seven horses received treatment following all three saliva tests. 

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Charity reveals it treated thousands of pets with dental issues last year

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 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed that its veterinary team performs dental procedures on more than 170 animals every month. Last year the charity says it extracted hundreds of teeth from more than 800 animals and carried out thousands of routine scales and polishes.

To combat the problem, Battersea is urging pet owners to get regular dental checks at their vets, implement a daily oral care routine, feed a good dental chew and only give toys that are designed for dogs, including gentle rubber toys that are less wearing on the teeth. 

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Voting opens for RCVS council elections

Eligible veterinary surgeons can now vote in this year’s RCVS Council elections. Four out of the 10 candidates are already on council and are standing for re-election: David Catlow, Mandisa Greene, Neil Smith, Susan Paterson. The remaining six candidates are not currently on council: John C Davies, Karlien Heyman, John Innes, Thomas Lonsdale, Matthew Plumtree and Iain Richards.

Further information on the candidates can be found on the RCVS website: