How do you guys approach the whole deworming situation? My Arab had no resistance to worms at all, and had to be on a daily dewormer, plus paste dewormers four times a year, and his fecal tests always came back positive for ascarids. Ahab is much more resistant, but I still have him on a daily Strongid feed through, along with past deworming 2x a year (April = Anthelcide September = Zimectrin Gold x 2 for tapes).
I feel that this is a lot of poison. So, I tried doing quarterly fecals, but it just didn't work: there is the pre-paste fecal; that is $20.00 or so and takes 2 weeks, then there is ordering the paste, $18.00 to $40.00 bucks and another week, then there is the wait and the post-paste fecal: another $20.00 and two week wait. Seemed like it is cheaper and much less hassle just to do the feed through and twice yearly paste treatments.
So, what do you guys do?
Wow, your horse sounds to be in the minority or maybe he isn't but nobody's telling the LEVEL of egg count in the FEC samples being read?
My vet tells me what to do according to the count OR if he sees Tapes. One of my horses had tapeworms once and I nearly had heart failure
I'm wondering if maybe your horse in question might need some sort of immune booster?? I dunno, just thinking out loud
? Maybe a DVM that's taken the hollistic route might be able to help sort this out
I have a hunch that my horse who is the highest shedder might be that way because he also has immune deficiencies. He has horrible, seasonal, environmental allergies and he is also oat/corn/soy intolerant. If any of my four are going to be in the "med-high" category, it will be always be him.
I don't believe in daily feed-thru's as, too much of a good thing can turn into wormer resistance. I only worm according to fecal results and then I worm with what the vet suggests - mostly because two of my four have serious metabolic issues,, one with hind gut ulcers, and I am paranoid
This link doesn't answer your question but does give some good information that includes a paragraph on daily Strongid and worm resistance to it. Deworming Recommendations