Worming Your Horse, All Year Round

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Worms are a bit like squatters. They arrive unannounced, they sit around and stay uninvited inside your property all day and they’re a nightmare to get out. Worms can really affect the health of your horse and so it is imperative that you look after and treat these with a worming treatment as soon as possible. Fortunately, with a well organised horse worming schedule,horse-keepers can help to ensure that their horses remain healthy throughout the year.

Veterinarians recommend deworming every two months using a variety of different products designed in accordance with the life cycles of a variety of parasites.

Due to the variety of parasites that can infest a horse it is important that livestock wormers are used throughout the year not only as a cure to an evident infection but also as prevention to any potential infections. Adhering to a strict horse wormers schedule helps to prevent the onset of any long term problems in a horse’s well-being.

Removing Those Pesky Worms

For routine worming you can opt for any product on the market with the exception of Equitape (this combats a more specificproblem), whilst if you are worming against a particular parasite then it is advisable to buy a product aimed precisely at medicating against a particular infection.

When medicating against Tapeworm, in April and October, it is recommended that equimax horse wormers are used.

Ideally, equimax wormers should be used at the beginning and the end of a horse’s grazing season so that the horse is free from infection and healthy at the beginning and end of its grazing cycle.

Combination Play

The use of equimax should be used as a supplement to a more general horse wormer such as equestpramoxoral gel which acts a reliable routine wormer. Equestpramox combines a variety of drugs to fight against infection and thus offers the longest dosing period of any combination horse wormer. It fights against bots and encysted redworm and offers 13-week protection against any further threat to the horse’s health. This is an easily administered gel that melts in the horse’s mouth with a moderately pleasing taste that helps to prevent against the horse spitting its medication out.

Equestpramoxis one of the most popular products that is currently available on the market and should be one of the staplemedications that anyone looking to buy horse wormers should consider when implementing a horse worming schedule. As a combination wormer it offers year round worm control in four single doses (one every thirteen weeks), although it is not licensed for use in pregnant or lactating mares. There are some relatively cheap wormers for horses on the market and by opting for a combination wormer savings can clearly be made.

With the right kind of horse wormers and a suitable worming programme that incorporates equestpramox, any potential threat to the health of your horse is easily avoided.

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Debbie Reade is a frequent contributor of articles for Wormers.co.uk and has written on many subjects pertaining to all animal needs including cats and dogs but mainly on the subject of Equine health.

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