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post #1 of 5 Old 08-31-2013, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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deworming 5 month old foal...(safeguard)

wrecker has been dewormed with Ivermectin in the past.

but recently looking at her, dull coat, ribby and not growing out of the ribby stage, then came the bloated belly. i see this girl every day, so finally i notice her belly is more 'pot-belly' like, just overnight it seems.

foals will get a belly, then grow up and be ribby, get a belly, front end grows, ribby, butt end thats what ive been watching. but now her belly is bloated like...

so, i googled, and googled, and googled and am treating her with safeguard. (due to the broad spectrum of worms it'll kill)

i tried contacting my vet today to get her advice on the dose, but its saturday. *sigh*

what im wondering before i give this to her, do i give her a single dose, or double dose?

the package says that foals where ascarids are a problem to use 4.6mg/lb (double-dosing) she is probably 400 pounds, so she is going to get almost 3/4 of a tube if i go by that scale. which just seems so gosh darn much. ive never double-dosed any dewormer...never had the need.

if i go by the regular, it might not kill the worms she *may* have. ill be getting a fecal done on her 2 weeks after this tx so i know where she stands in a shed count for eggs.

im a little nervous because i dont want her to colic due to a massive bellyfull of worms.

so...treat her for what she weighs, or follow instructions and double dose her?

active ingredient is fenbendazole (and its actually the same as the panacur, i compared labels at tsc)
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We always double dose foals with SafeGuard as per the instructions.
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Double dosing is totally safe and sometimes you need to do it for 5 days in a row (Power Pac) to get really stubborn cases cleaned up. I wouldn't do that unless the fecal showed a real big mess, but to do it once shouldn't hurt her at all. Especially if you've been using Ivermectin periodically, it shouldn't be that big a deal.

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Thanks so much for the responses. It really has eased my mind. I'll go through with the double dose like instructed. I have work to do in the barn so iI'll be able to stall her and keep an eye on her.
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I did double dose her this afternoon around 4pm.

from 4 to 9, she only had two piles of poop. And i inspected each one extremely thoroughly. No sign of any worms.

ill be checking tomorrow as well.
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