Horse Deworming

How a Loveland Equine Veterinarian can Help You With Your Horse Deworming Needs

Horse owners know that equine parasite control is done on a regular rotation and that deworming a horse is part of keeping a horse healthy. But what horse owners may not be aware of is the latest science in deworming practices and that the time-tested method of deworming a horse may not be necessary. But wait a minute before you decide to put down that tube of dewormer and call Michael Suit, DVM, in Fort Collins before changing your routines. Here's a look at why. 

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Horse Deworming has Created Resistance in Small Strongyles

Rotating dewormers may not be as effective as you think, and your herd may not need to be dewormed every two months. A barn or herd that's well-managed is one that is unlikely to have a population of large strongyles. However, parasite resistance in some small strongyle populations is as high as 95 percent for fenbendazole and about 53 percent to oxybenzone. These tried-and-true dewormers have been used so much since their introduction that small strongyles are finally building a resistance. To date, ivermectin is the only dewormer that kills small strongyles with regularity.

What Horse Owners Should do for Equine Parasite Control

The best way to keep on top of deworming horses effectively is to work with a Loveland equine veterinarian. It's a process that requires collecting a fecal sample from each horse, labeling it, and submitting it to the lab for analysis, but it's the most accurate method of finding out what's living in the intestines of your horses. You may find out that you've been using a dewormer that isn't effective against the type of strongyles that your horse has picked up. Once you know what kind of parasites your horse has, you can be more targeted in the type of dewormer you use next. The vet can also advise you on which product is the best for eradicating the parasites that were discovered.

Creating a Plan for Future Equine Parasite Control Efforts

Deworming your horses every two months may not be necessary, especially in light of the fact that resistance to most dewormers is increasing. However, horses should still get dewormed on a regular schedule to help them stay healthy. Your best course of action is to talk with your Loveland equine veterinarian about creating a plan of action that lowers the likelihood of parasite resistance while keeping your horses comfortable and free from parasite loads.

Contact Dr. Suit, DVM, for All of Your Horse's Health Needs

Dr. Michael Suit, DVM, offers veterinary care for equines of all shapes and sizes. Contact him today at 970-218-7947 to learn more about what he can do to help you keep your horse healthy and sound.

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