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        01-26-2011, 09:24 AM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by Buckcherry    
    Why worm if your horse has no worms?!?!?!
    Just to clarify something.

    Even my vet insists we deworm 2x per year to be sure we are properly controlling the things that do not show up well in a fecal check.

    In other words, a horse showing zero shedding does not mean it should never be dewormed again.
         
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        01-26-2011, 09:41 AM
      #12
    mls
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Buckcherry    
    Why worm if your horse has no worms?!?!?!
    Why vaccinate if the horse doesn't have rabies? Why feed if the horse isn't under weight?

    There are simply measures you take to maintain the health and well being of the horses.
         
        01-26-2011, 09:51 AM
      #13
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    Vaccines and de-worming are two entirely different matters. We vaccine to PREVENT the animals from getting rabies or whatever( because rabies isn't curable).. . Do you take adivl everyday to prevent a headache... Or antibiotics to prevent getting sick?!?!?
    De-wormers don't stay in the horses system to prevent worms, Unless your giving a daily wormer.

    And yes I agree with the worming 2x a year. But the every 6 to 8 weeks is excessive and I would rather get them checked.
         
        01-26-2011, 11:52 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Having been a horseperson my whole life and worked for a while at a boarding barn. Horses can and will have worms/parasites at one time or another. Especially where more than one horse is kept. We always worm on an 8 week/every other month schedule and we rotate wormers. We use Zemectrin Gold and Anthelcide EQ.

    ETA: Sorry I'd address your question. For a horse who has not been wormed for a long amount of time or the worming history is not known it is best to worm that horse gradually for the reasons you gave. To fast a kill-off of worms can cause an impaction of the gut and colic can happen. What to do is this, give only a half a dose then the very next week give the remainder of the wormer dosage. Then in 8 weeks you can give a full dose all at once. It's just the initial worming that has to be done gradually.
         
        01-26-2011, 11:54 AM
      #15
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    Candandy, I always did an eight week schedule before too. The rules of deworming are starting to change though. Resistance has become an issue.



    I personally will not use ZG. My old man had a horrible reaction to it. His mouth and lips swelled and were red and irritated for quite some time. I hate to think what it did all the way down. It is not an uncommon reaction.
         
        01-26-2011, 12:10 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Alwaysbehind, the becoming resistant to a wormer is the reason why rotating wormers is suggested. The key is to use wormers with two different main/active ingredients.

    Horses do have allergic reactions to the different wormers/medications, etc. It is a common occurence.
         
        01-26-2011, 12:23 PM
      #17
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    Originally Posted by candandy49    
    Alwaysbehind, the becoming resistant to a wormer is the reason why rotating wormers is suggested. The key is to use wormers with two different main/active ingredients.
    Very old school thought pattern.
    Newer studies have shown that some of the dewormers that you are rotating with do little or nothing to kill off any worm load.

    I am not new to horses and deworming. I used to do a rotational program too.




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    Originally Posted by candandy49    
    Horses do have allergic reactions to the different wormers/medications, etc. It is a common occurence.
    Reactions to something that is a carrier in ZG are not uncommon. I would not go so far as to say they are common but they certainly are not uncommon. If you google it you will see it is discussed all over the place. It has been discussed for many years now.

    The other reason I am not sure why people use ZG over Equimax is that Equimax gives you more active ingredient per dose than ZG does.
         
        01-26-2011, 02:52 PM
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    The rules of deworming are starting to change though. Resistance has become an issue.
    This was what I was trying to get across. I will give it to you, AB you are better at wording things than me.
         
        01-27-2011, 11:21 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Alwaysbehind, I am sorry if I offended you. I admittedly am "old school" and I need to open my mind to newer studies on wormers and even some other issues, too.
         
        01-27-2011, 01:04 PM
      #20
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    I am most certainly not offended at all.

    I used to deworm the same way you do. Thankfully the vet practice I use is very active when it comes to educating their clients. Otherwise I would be still doing every eight weeks too.
         

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