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The second method of deworming is to keep the horse on a daily dewormer and paste deworm twice a year. Resistance can also develop with this protocol. Also, the horse may not eat all of the daily dewormer every day.
In addition to regular screening and deworming, there are many things you can do in your horse's environment to reduce (but unfortunately not eliminate) the worm burden. Click here for suggestions (takes you to the HorseQuest site).
We recommend that a fecal exam be performed any time there is diarrhea or weight loss, as it is possible for worms to develop resistance to dewormers that are used incorrectly.
e) To submit a sample, bring one manure ball per horse in an individually labeled plastic bag or container, also labeled with your name and date. The sample can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, but not frozen. You should get this sample prior to giving any dewormers - a minimum of 8 weeks after any ivermectin product or 12 weeks after moxidectin.
(above outline courtesy www.vtnhvet.com)
**Remember to read the active ingredient of any dewormer. For example, fenbendazole is the active ingredient in Panacur and Safeguard.
2. Daily Deworming Protocol
Deworm December and June with Ivermectin/praziquantel combination(Equimax) and keep horse on a daily dewormer, pyrantel pamoate (Strongid 2 x). If you choose this protocol, we recommend enrolling in the Preventicare Program offered by Pfizer.
Note* Before starting the continuous deworming program, deworm with Equimax, Quest or a Panacur Power Pac.
TIPS ON USING WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION: There are several reputable websites with additional information - always consider the source of the information. Equine journals and magazines, university cooperative extension agencies, and veterinary colleges are all great sources of reliable, tested, and current information. There are also several great veterinary clinic websites available. The following is an article on deworming, found on 'The Horse' website. Some of the articles on this website require a subscription. http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=15854