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post #1 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Why am i not seeing worms?

We found out last Sunday that my boy has a severe bloodworm infestation. He got half a dose of strongid on sunday and another half on wednesday. He will be getting a full dose of equalin gold next week, then a week later a 5 day course of fenbendazole. I have been sifting through every pile of poo he's had, and havn't been able to find ANY worms (I'm sure there's a few in there that I've missed, but I havn't yet seen the tons that I've been told will show up). His belly is still quite distended, but doesn't seem to be bothering him at all, and his poo looks normal. Is it weird that I'm not seeing any worms yet, or is this completely normal for them to take a few doses to come out? This is my first time dealing with this, so am of course the usual paranoid mommy :).
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 06:26 PM
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if he has a severe infestation watch him very carefully throughout the deworming process because trying to pass a large amount of dead worms can cause colic
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We have been monitoring him very closely, which is also why he got half doses for the first two deworming, and gets lots of water with his feed to keep his gut hydrated. The vet did say there's a chance of colic or gut rupture, and to just take it one day at a time until he passes them, but I just figured I'd be seeing some dead worms by now...
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If his manure gets watery get the vet right away as it means there's a blockage. A friends horse hadn't been dewormed in a very long time so the vet tubed the horse. That's the way it used to be done. Three or four days later the horse could barely walk, really tied up in the back end. Vet came, gloved up his arm to see what was going on. He loosed a great mass of something which turned out to be worms, which the owner said came out with such force they shot a good 20 ft. across the yard.
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If his manure gets watery get the vet right away as it means there's a blockage. A friends horse hadn't been dewormed in a very long time so the vet tubed the horse. That's the way it used to be done. Three or four days later the horse could barely walk, really tied up in the back end. Vet came, gloved up his arm to see what was going on. He loosed a great mass of something which turned out to be worms, which the owner said came out with such force they shot a good 20 ft. across the yard.
That is absolutely disgusting yuck!
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If his manure gets watery get the vet right away as it means there's a blockage. A friends horse hadn't been dewormed in a very long time so the vet tubed the horse. That's the way it used to be done. Three or four days later the horse could barely walk, really tied up in the back end. Vet came, gloved up his arm to see what was going on. He loosed a great mass of something which turned out to be worms, which the owner said came out with such force they shot a good 20 ft. across the yard.
Glad to see my gag reflex is still in good working order! Ack ack ack!!!
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Why do you think he is over loaded.
Don`t you treat Bloodworms with Ivermectin.
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Why do you think he is over loaded.
Don`t you treat Bloodworms with Ivermectin.
Not encysted ones.
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Not encysted ones.
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They burrow into the intestinal wall and then regular dewormers don't get them when in larger quantities as they only come out at certain times. That's what the panacur powerpac is for. Only one proven to kill all the encysted worms. The 5 day 57g pack.
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