Originally Posted by Left Hand Percherons
Zimectrin Gold is not approved for foals under 2 months of age. The bigger problem I have with it is you are targeting worms that a foal this age does not have. Why give them toxic chemicals that are of no benefit to them at this point? Foals are at greatest risk for heavy ascarid loads as most other worms have longer life cycles and don't become problematic until they are closer to 6 months of age. This is the only age group that I use Panacur on. It's as mild a dewormer as there is. Not deworming the mare prior to foaling is putting the foal at risk for a larger worm load sooner in life. Foals eat momma's poop to populate their GI tract with bacteria as it is sterile when born and incapable of digesting fiber. While they eat the poop, they are eating any shed worm larvae and that starts a new life cycle in the foal.
Tbanks for all the info. To put your mind at ease I never said I was going to use it on him, I said for her and asked if it was safe for her and asked about worming him, as in when is it needed. This is my first foal so I'm trying to get as much info as possible and do things right! Oh, and I saw him eating her poo and wondered why he was, thanks for enlightening me! Posted via Mobile Device