Horse and donkey health care in South Dakota will include knowledge of the bot fly. The three common bot flies are the common horse bot fly, the nose bot fly and the throat bot fly. If the bot fly larvae are left unchecked in the intestinal tract complications can arise. Larvae present in large numbers in the stomach can cause blockages and lead to colic. Contact your equine veterinarian for information on how to identify this pest and what control measures you can use to protect your horse.
Parasite control may be a part of your horse health care in South Dakota. Do you have a good understanding of parasite control on your farm or ranch? Fecal egg counts will help determine the efficacy of your dewormers, determine which of your adult equines carry the most strongyle eggs and monitor ascarid presence in your foal and yearlings. You only need about 3 ‘nuggets’. Label, date, refrigerate and contact your vet on where to send them; ideally within 24 hours and no later than 7 days from collection.