Deworming Rotation can help manage parasite resistance.
All horses can have parasites inside their digestive systems. Though a foal is born sterile, it can develop into a full adult while carrying parasites. This could be due to many factors and one of them is contamination of their drinking water with feces. Equine parasites can bring damage to the overall health of the horse and if they are left unmanaged, complications and even death can result.
Fortunately, different kinds of dewormers are available to address this problem, and by establishing a regular deworming schedule, the parasites can be successfully controlled. In giving dewormers, choosing the right worming agent will not be enough; a good worming program must be set in place. Having proper worming rotation gives two benefits: to manage parasite resistance and target different parasite species.
Many equine parasites have now grown to be resistant to many dewormers. Rotating dewormers does not merely mean switching from one brand to another, but rather switching the compounds. Proper worming rotation can also help target various species of parasites. Some dewormers are only effective against specific parasites on their particular stage of life. By rotating wormers, all parasites, whether on their larval or mature stage, can be successfully eliminated.
Three major classes of wormers are perfect for deworming rotation. They are benzimidazoles (fenbendazole), microcyclic lactones (ivermectin, moxidectin), pyrimidines (pyrantel pamoate).
Fenbendazole for horses is a broad spectrum anthelmintic effective against redworms, pinworms, and even roundworms. Fenbendazole (AbFen™) is a relatively safe wormer; doses can be given many times the standard dose without harming your horse. This deworming agent is also useful against immature parasites, which are highly resistant to wormers because of their slow metabolism.
Before giving deworming agents, make sure that the program is effective for the type of horse ,whether foals, adults, or senior horses. In this case, consult your veterinarian for the best worming program. Developing a good worming program using the three major classes of dewormers is important. These drugs should be used at the appropriate time and intervals. Monitoring the horse’s response to treatment through fecal analysis is also recommended.
Elimination of equine parasites also requires the right timing; a good program should work best if given at the right pasture conditions, climate, and also the seasonal parasite activity. For all your deworming needs, you can always count on Abler.