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post #11 of 24 Old 08-01-2012, 11:14 AM
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Tractor Supply carries it and many co-op's & feedstores carry it.

Or Valley Vet has a sale on it, right now. Ivermectin Paste (1.87% Ivermectin) Horse Health (Wormers - Paste Wormer - Equine - Ivermectin Hors

When horses are this bad it;s "unofficially" recommended to double-dose again in two weeks which, is why you might want to check with your vet.

I didn't have to do that with mt Arab, I double-dosed him once and he was good for two years (this spring). I double-dosed him again in April or May and he's been fine. I cringe everytime I do this to the horses and continue to be astounded by the results.

Also, if your horse is on sweet feed, that stuff comes thru the pores in an obnoxious way when a horse sweats. It attracts all kinds of flies and knats.

If you do the double-dose two weeks apart or, even wait four weeks, I would put the horse on some form of probios to keep the digestive tract calm:)

I would start that a few days in advance and just go ahead and finish out the container after you worm the horse.

Again, check with your vet who may see a reason why this particular horse shouldn't be wormed like this.

And no, these little microfiliae will never show up in a fecal sample as they don't get in the digestive tract -- they stay in the skin, the muscles and can even migrate into the eye, oftentimes causing moonblindness.

Nasty little things:(
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Okay, I'll get my dad to pick up a couple of tubes when he goes to tractor supply today. We have a 10% off coupon so that'll help a little :P
She's not on sweet feed, she's on Nutrena SafeChoice original. I give her corn oil sometimes and she gets a lot of apple treats. Maybe I should give her carrots or real apples instead of the treats? I don't think they have much sugar, but then again, I don't really know.
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Oh yeah, that looks like classic Neck threadworms. Def worth trying the double dose of ivermectin route.

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I am going to ask a really stupid question....

When you double dose, do you give both tubes at the same time or one tube the first day and the second tube the second?

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I am going to ask a really stupid question....

When you double dose, do you give both tubes at the same time or one tube the first day and the second tube the second?
Not a stupid question at all

Give both tubes at once. BUT give them to her right before you turn her out, whether that's at night or daytime. That way, she can be moving around just in case of mild tummy twinges.

Even for normal wormings, I never worm my horses when they come in at night. I wait right up until they're ready to head out to pasture so they're moving around

Also, please be prepared to see a horrendous outburst of itching and open sores anywhere from a few hours to 72 hours. That means the microfiliae are dieing off and making one last attempt at keeping the horse miserable.

Looking at those pictures, I might also watch for any type of muscle soreness or lameness, as those nasty little creatures can find their way into the muscle If that happens, I really really would call the vet; I've never experienced that bad of a case but if you Google "sweet itch", "neck threadworms" or, "onchocerca worms", you'll get some credible hits that discuss it.
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Thanks for answering!
I seen the pics of the OPs horse and my husbands gelding has the same thing, he has never had this before and I have never encountered it. I have him on antihistamine(AntiHist or HistAll) which has helped the itching and has helped the lesions heal and I have been anal about a quality fly spray to keep them bugs off.
First thing tomorrow I will buy some Ivermectin for him and prepare for the worst of the itching to begin.

Have you used the chlorhexadine(sp) shampoo?
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Link to wormer coupon, $1 off. Every little bit helps.
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If they have had it for a while the itching is nuts! My little 11 hand mare was breaking small trees, knocked a lawn trator sideways, shook the side of the barn. I did give her some benedryl, helped a bit or she just gave up. Was much better the next day.
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Oh geez, nothing like having your place look like a tornado came through because of your itching her scatchies! Lol
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Have you used the chlorhexadine(sp) shampoo?
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No, but I am going to remember it - thanks

I think MalAcetic is off prescription and anyone can buy it these days.

"DermaPet" MalAcetic Shampoo for Dogs and Cats (ONE GALLON)

It was a prescription two years ago and cost me $90 for a gallon at the Vet's, including tax. I gave my boss a check to pick it up for me while she was out running errands. She said she could've got a facial and her nails "did" for less than the shampoo cost

However, it doesn't take much. I bath the dogs with it, bath my horse with environmental allergies twice a month with it, and wash all the horses faces with it once a week during this icky/humid weather. I still have half gallon left from when I bought it two years ago.

The horses LOVE to have their noses wiped out with a tiny bit of MalAcetic on a wash cloth. It seems to have an almost hypnotic/soothing affect on them While I do my best to get their faces washed clear of shampoo, if I don't, the MalAcetic won't harm them as it's all natural.

It has a great orange/citrus smell to it
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