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    09-20-2010, 10:46 PM
pinworms cause body to itch??

I'm sure this is an ongoing discussion and I did read the other posts and didn't really get an answer for our problem.
I dewormed Spartan about a month ago (but he's growing so fast maybe I didn't give him a strong enough dose).Today I noticed he's REALY itching his tail, so I'm guessing we still have a problem with pinworms I'll deworm him again shortly with a different dewormer.
The thing is his whole body is itchy. He rubbed his mane off this summer (I suspected the biting bugs we had this summer to be responsible for that). Today I noticed he scratches his whole body. I don't see any bumps, scabs or anything like that, the only thing I see is mild hair loss that doesn't look like anything but no hair, and that's on one tiny spot smaller than a dime on his side. Could this whole body itch be associated with pinworms? Could it be some residual itch from the bugs of the summer? Maybe dry skin, but he's only a little flaky on his back.

Any advice or opinion would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
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    09-20-2010, 10:50 PM
Could be sweet itch from biting gnats or it could be threadworms which can cause them to itch in their mane, chest, underbelly and tail.
    09-21-2010, 11:47 AM
Thanks for the info.
I researched the sweet itch and I think I can thankfully rule that out. He's not really balding around his head or neck, and he wasn't red, inflamed, crusty or sore. Thanks for giving me the idea to rule that one out.
If he has threadworms he doesn't have any of the gross bumps or sores that research says they get, and if he does the VERY soon deworming should kill them off.
Geeesh the mystery of the itchy horse is not fun to solve. I'm reeeaaally hoping he's not allergic to anything.
    09-21-2010, 11:58 AM
Do you bathe him? If so are you getting all of the soap off? Have you changed his shampoos, flysprays etc. lately. Does he itch all the time or just in the summer?
    09-21-2010, 12:15 PM
I got Spartan this June so I haven't had him this long, and he's only 2, and his previous owner had him out in lease land all winter and he didn't say anything. I only bathed him once this year and that was about a month ago, and if I didn't get all the soap off (which I'm pretty sure I did) we've had so much rain I think that would've gotten the rest off (he stands in the rain even though he could go in the trees). I did use a homemade flyspray and I am wondering if it didn't dry out his skin. And since I've only had him this summer I don't know if this is an annual thing or what. I think this year is the first year for real deworming. The previous owner bought him from a pmu barn and put him out on a lease, and he got his very first dewomer in June, then again in August, and I will be deworming him again soon. I'm wondering if all this is is just getting him on a regular deworming schedule and all will be ok. Man I hope so.
    09-23-2010, 01:16 AM
I was going to say other than worming try electrolytes but then I saw you lived in Canada. I live in TX and when they sweat they get soo itchy. I had one mare whose vagina started to shrivel and look like some sort of african crotch rot. Called the vet and he suggested electrolytes and he was right... Lucky guess I still say. :o)

Sorry for the ramble.. My guess is deworming should do the trick. Lol
    09-23-2010, 01:21 AM
The trouble with threadworms is that if they are established and causing problems, it takes atleast a double dose of ivermectin to kill em off. They don't live in the gut like most parasites...they live in the connective tissue. They are a PITA to get rid of. Not to mention when you do double dose them with the ivermectin, it can be very painful for the horse and they actually get WORSE for a day or two. If you are even leaning towards threadworms, contact your vet. They can give you a better course of action. And Bute LOL
    09-23-2010, 11:35 AM
Thanks corinowalk, I'm still not convinced that we have a threadworm infestation (not completely ruling it out though), only because he doesn't have any lumps,bumps or nasty looking sores anywhere. I'm thinking that after a really good dose of dewormer if he doesn't improve I'll have to get the vet to come out.
Now - living in Canada I was told to wait until the frost came to give him this dose of deworming (the idea being all the little bugs that were waiting to pounce on/in my horse would be killed off by the frost). We're leaving for Texas (watch out all you in a week for 4 days. Should I give him his dewormer now before we leave and before theres a good killing frost, or wait until we get back? He is pretty uncomfortable and I want to make him better but I also want to do it right.

Thanks all you guys for your continuing help with this.
    09-23-2010, 03:54 PM
My first suggestion would be to take some fresh manure to the vet for a fecal count. Costs about $15, and you should have results the within a day. The test is not 100% accurate, but it can give you an idea of what kind of parasite load your horse is carrying.

My friend has four mares, and one of them is very itchy all the time...just about any time she comes in for dinner, you can see her scratching her butt or chest on the door. She never displays skin blemishes of any kind, and all four are on a good deworming program, with low fecal counts to confirm. She is the only one of the four that has this problem. The vet seems to think that she might have a low-grade allergy to insects, especially since the scratching is worse in the summer.
    09-23-2010, 06:02 PM
Thanks I might give that a go.

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