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post #11 of 20 Old 07-11-2009, 04:15 PM
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You know how to deworm for tapes, right?

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Ok, I'll bite....How?


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Ok, I'll bite....How?
It's not a trick question, I just want to make sure she uses the right stuff to kill the little buggers

But, you have to use a double dose of pyrantel pamoate (strongid, for example) or you can buy a tube of TapeCare Plus - which is just 2 doses in one tube (good for hard-to-deworm horses).

If you go TapeCare make sure you use the right weight markers on the plunger. There is a color for tapes and a color for a regular pyrantel dose.
It threw me off the first time I used it!

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I thought you were going to tell me a joke


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Sorry Vida, I'm all out of tapeworm jokes! :p

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Yep two ways to treat for tapeworms---either pyrantel at double the dose given for other GI parasites or praziquantel. Double dosing pyrantel can be done by given twice the normal amount of the common dewormers---Strongid, etc that contain pyrantel or by given the labelled dose of Tape Care. Praziquantel only comes in combination with ivermectin or moxidectin which is actually the best way to treat for them as dosing spring and fall just like you do for bots is the most effective way to minimize tapeworm contamination of pastures due to the lifecycle of the orbatid mite.

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Yes, that is exactly what I mean. Tapeworms will not continue their lifecycle without the egg being ingested by an orbatid might (a grass mite). So eating an equine (or canine or feline) tapeworm egg will not give you tapeworms.

My reference would by my parasitology book. ;)
Interesting. Good to know! I believe you can still get other worms by sucking your hands, so it's always safer to wash them when you are in house! Lol!
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well I guess you shouldn't put your hands in your mouth :roll:

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Thanks for all the info guys! I used the TapeCare product so I think she will be good.

Thanks again!
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Interesting. Good to know! I believe you can still get other worms by sucking your hands, so it's always safer to wash them when you are in house! Lol!
Yes, roundworms and hookworms from dogs and cats can both be contracted by humans. Roundworm eggs remain in the environment for 10 years or more and they are extremely sticky so they are easily ingested and cause disease in humans. Hookworm larva live in sandy, cool areas for long periods of time though they can survive for several months in any yard and they burrow throw skin and cause infections in humans. (Again, this is hookworms and roundworms of dogs and cats.)

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