Regular deworming is necessary to ensure optimum health for your horse. Many of the popular de-wormers on the market are available in paste and granules.
So which is better to use?
Equine Paste Dewormers
Most conventional equine dewormers come in paste form in syringes. To administer the deworming agent, the syringe dosage is set according to the horse’s weight.
When giving dewormers in paste form, the horse’s mouth should be empty. The syringe is inserted into the corner of the mouth and the medication will be delivered by pushing the plunger down to release the active ingredient to the back of the horse’s mouth.
- Paste dewormers are commonly used and the practice of administering them is more familiar to many horse owners.
- The exact and correct dosage of the dewormer can be assured and delivered since the syringe can be calibrated according to the weight of the horse.
- The paste is naturally sticky which makes it hard for the horse to spit out.
- For some horses it can be a real battle.
- Some horses do not like the taste of paste dewormers and they may constantly jerk their heads away from the syringe.
- Horses may spit out the drug if the paste is not administered properly.
Equine Deworming Granules
Some horse owners now prefer to use granules as their chosen dosage form for dewormers. Deworming granules are easy to administer; they are usually added to the horse’s feed.
They come in individual sachets with 1 pack of 2sachets able to dose a horse up to 660kg(1320lb) body weight.
The latest deworming products from Abler come in the form of granules namely AbIver™, AbIver Plus™, AbFen™, and AbPyran™. More pro to be released late 2012 are AbMoxi™ and AbMoxi Plus™.
- The major advantage of using deworming granules is the convenience of administration; it only needs to be added to the feed – sprinkle/top dress or mix to feed.
- Granules are brightly colored – easy to see all have been consumed. No waste
- Cost-effective and ready to administer and conveniently packed in individual sachets.
- Makes a great alternative for horses that constantly resist oral paste dewormers.
- No bitter taste
- Some picky eating horses can be so smart to pick portions of the feed that do not contain granules.
- The horse owner may to add a sticky mix such as molasses/corn syrup for the dewormer granules to stick to the feed to ensure all is consumed.