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  • Best all inclusive dewormer for horses

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    07-27-2013, 05:22 PM

Within the next month I plan to bring my three year old home from Saskatchewan and I have a bad feeling that my uncle didn't exactly have a good deworming schedule. Basically, I fear my horse might have a rather large worm load. I do plan to contact my vet for a fecal egg count to see exactly how bad it is, but does anyone here have a sort of program for reducing large worm loads safely? I'm terrified she'll get colic from a large amount of worms dying at once.
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    07-27-2013, 05:33 PM
I'm with you here. I'm bringing home a filly that I know is wormy, and I've never had to deal with a wormy horse before. I really don't want worm colic!

If I can add to the above question - how do you decide what wormer to use? They all work on different types of worms (as far as I can see none are all inclusive)... I don't want to choose a wormer and use it only to have a different kind of worm left over!
    07-27-2013, 05:48 PM
I know of some people who use different kinds of dewormers over a period of time to safely reduce worm loads, but I have no idea which ones to use either. In the end I will call my vet for an egg count and see if he can recommend an effective program.
    07-28-2013, 10:17 AM
Your vet can do a fecal, and get a good idea as to what worms your horses may have, and will give you the correct dewormer. He may find the load isn't all that heavy.
    07-28-2013, 10:50 AM
Sometimes even though they look extremely wormy with that big ol' belly they arent always loaded down with worms. Some horses bloat in the abdominal area due to worms. Its not the fact that there are so many worms in there. You need to have a fecal done and treat accordingly. When treating for worms keep your horse active. Do not stall them or keep them in a tight spot. A horse that is physically moving on the outside has better moving insides. Also feed them a little something an add some additional salt. The salt will make them thirsty and they will consume more fluids which will also help allow the gut to pass the worms.

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