It's that time of the year that horse owners look for a dewormer for either their first or second treatment. Most horse owners will start their spring with a treatment using an Ivomec product of some type, and practise a rotation from there on for their remaining treatments. Attached is an interesting article written by Merial that you may find worth reading. If you have any questions regarding a worming program contact the store at 403 526-2707 or visit with your local Veterinarian.
Make every de-worming treatment count
The judicious use of dewormers includes, among other things, rotating between classes of compounds. A fecal egg count can help determine if and when deworming is required. It can also help your veterinarian select the dewormer likely to be most effective against specific parasites.
However, it's important to remember that small strongyles are presently considered the primary reason for deworming horses that spend time at pasture.1
~Most clinically infected horses carry a high number of encysted small strongyle larvae embedded in the wall of their colon.
~Most dewormers do not kill encysted small strongyle larvae.
That's why it's a good idea to make sure your strategic deworming program includes Safe-Guard Paste 10% Equine Dewormer (fenbendazole).
Ask your veterinarian about strategic de-worming and about the benefits of making the right choice for your horse, at the right time.
1. Love S, Murphy D, Mellor D. Pathogenicity of cyathostome infection. Vet Parasitol 1999; 85:113-121.
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