Why deworm broodmares?

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When best to deworm broodmares

When it comes to protecting horses from worms and parasites, broodmares and lactating mares need special attention. It is advisable to deworm a broodmare in her gestation period  to protect both mother and the unborn foal from parasites. So the deworming process starts before birth.

Foals likely to have parasite burden at birth if mare is not dewormed

Foals likely to have parasite burden at birth if mare is not dewormed

Broodmares do not have a risk from particular parasites. However, during her gestation period, broodmares are prone to a risk of various types of infections that reduces on immunity. These infections include some serious problems like colic or parasite infestations. It is not required to deworm a broodmare or a lactating mare more frequently than other horses. However, the important part that needs attention is the dewormer, its quantity and time of giving it. Ivermectin is a safe dewormer for broodmares  and lactating mares.

Importance of deworming broodmares

A broodmares needs deworming to protect from parasites like tapeworm, encysted small red worm and bot fly larvae. Even protection is needed from roundworm, as there is a high risk of infection from them. The best way to find out the existence of these parasites is by worm egg counts. The best way to reduce the risk of such infections is by regularly cleaning the dung from the gazing and break the life cycle of parasites while they are on the pastures.

Protecting foals from Parasites

Lactating mares have a high chance of infecting their foals. Through feeding, mares can infect the foals as intestinal threadworms could enter mare’s milk and infect the foal right away. However, foals can be infected through pastures also. Speak with your local veterinarian who knows your area best and is equipped with  the knowledge about deworming with Ivermectin or any other anthelmetics for broodmares.  

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