Worms in Horses
First of all, it is important to understand that worms in horses can be alarming. Worms typically affect the performance of horses. Moreover, they can also be the eventual cause of health complications that could even lead to death. Worms which pose the greatest risk include redworms which live in the large intestine where they suck blood, pin worms that irritate the anal area, tapeworms that may cause ulcers or blockage and roundworms that live in the small intestine where they can also cause blockage.
Whenever possible, you should seek to protect your horses against worms. However, this is not always possible. Depending on the type of worm, your horse could get worms from the pasture, the stables and from even from its mother. When horses do get these worms, they may show many different symptoms depending on the type of worm. Some of the symptoms include general weakness, diarrhea, anemia, loss of appetite, colic, bloating, heavy movement and depression.
Different Types of Wormers
Just as there are different kinds of worms, there are also different kinds of wormers. It is therefore very important to remember that wormers address specific worm types. If your worming program isn’t working, you may be using a wormer that is not intended for the specific worm type from which your horse is suffering. Here’s what you should know about the various wormers:
- Ivermectin- Wormers that contain Ivermectin are considered all around wormers. They can work against all of the three major types of worms, redworms, pinworms and roundworms. They may also be given safely even in large doses. They may not however be effective in the treatment of tapeworms and encysted redworms.
- Moxidectin- This is effective medication for pinworms as well as small and large redworms. Medicines with Moxidectin are the answer to encysted redworms. Do remember that this ingredient is very potent and can harm your horse if you administer an too much.
- Fenbendazole- Treatment products with this product also fight the three major types of horse worms. The ingredient is one of the safest to use even in large dosages. This is the treatment of choice when worm infestations are in their beginning stages.
- Praziquantel- This is the treatment option for your horse if it has tapeworms.
- Oxibendazole- This ingredient is said to be highly effective for big redworms and roundworms as well as for threadworms and pinworms. If administered in the correct dose, the ingredient can kill these worms completely.
- Pyrantel- This ingredient can either be Tartare or Pamoate. The Tartare type can be used on a daily basis as a form of horse health maintenance. Pamoate on the other hand can be used against all three of the major horse worms plus tapeworms and threadworms.
Don’t ignore horse worm symptoms. You have to act quickly before the health of your horse suffers a serious illness or even a fatal blow.