It’s a fact that internal parasites will always be present in horses.
If they are left untreated, parasites such as bots and worms can compete for the nutrients your horse should be getting. A horse that is heavily burdened with parasites can experience detrimental health problems that can improve its overall performance.
The good thing is parasite problems can be prevented. There are a number of products available at Abler that can provide you with different options for affordable, effective, and safe equine worming. Consult your veterinarian and ask for advice for the suitable worming program that perfectly fits your situation and then stick with that program. There are three chemical classes of dewormers currently available and each class exhibits a different level of efficacy against specific parasites. Here are some general rules when attempting to control parasites in horses.
Consider a Broad-Spectrum Agent
In choosing wormers, try to look at the targeted species of parasites and the specific stages of their lifecycle, which the agent is targeting. Some wormers only target a couple of parasites, while others can cover a wider range.
Pay attention to what is not stated in the label as well. Some wormers do not claim to have efficacy against bots, therefore you need to look for a product that says “boticide”.
Consider the Age of the Horse Being Treated
Young foals are more susceptible to parasite infections and health consequences can be serious. Foals can already be given treatment at seven days old to prevent problems like foal-heat diarrhea, which is usually caused by threadworms. However, not all dewormers can be used on young foals. Before choosing your wormer, review the product information and check the age restrictions for worming. Better yet, consult your local veterinarian.
General Tips to Control Equine Parasites
- Whatever deworming schedule your veterinarian has recommended, follow it diligently. Follow the dosing label of the product or as ordered by your veterinarian. Submitting fecal samples can also help you determine the need for dewormers.
- Among the parasites that can affect your horse at a certain time of the year are bots and ivermectin (AbIver™) is the choice of drug to combat these parasites.
- Parasites easily develop resistance against dewormers. In some areas, small strongyles have developed resistance to fenbendazole and pyrantel pamoate. Always consult your veterinarian to check if problems of drug resistance are rampant in your area and your veterinarian can advise on proper wormer rotation.
- Pasture management is important as administering the right dewormers. Clean stables and pick droppings from manure on a regular basis.
- Spreading manure to act as fertilizer only helps when doing in a hot climate as high temperatures can kill of eggs in feces.