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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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New single-dose RHD-2 vaccine launched

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 The first monovalent vaccine to be registered in Europe for the prevention of rabbit hemorrhagic disease type 2 (RHD-2) has been launched by animal health firm HIPRA.

ERAVAC is a single-dose injectable emulsion that can be administered without the need for reconstitution beforehand. The new presentation contains 10 vials with individual doses that can be given to companion rabbits from 30 days of age. 

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New canine and feline dentistry manual announced

A new canine and feline dentistry and oral surgery manual has been published by the BSAVA. Announcing the news on its website, the BSAVA said this latest edition contains new step-by-step operative techniques, together with full-colour illustrations and photographs.

‘This is a timely publication; veterinary dentistry is a field that continues to grow in importance for the general veterinary practitioner,’ the BSAVA said. ‘The manual has been fully revised and updated to include the most relevant, evidence-based techniques.’

The BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dentistry and Oral Surgery, 4th edition is available to purchase from