This involves the daily administration of pyrantel pamoate (Strongid C2x®), as well as ivermectin (Equell®) in the spring and ivermectin with praziquantel (Quest Plus®) administered in the fall. Daily deworming is ideal for weanlings and yearlings for ascarid prevention and treatment. Horses, particularly foals, do not need to be separated and be creep fed as normal. Fecal egg counts should still be performed every 6 months to one year. Foals can be started on this program once they reach 2 – 3 months of age.
Some of the important points and recommendations are:
Note: The two parastites of most concern are the small strongyles (encysted strongyles, cyanthostomes) and tapeworms. In young horses, the parasite of biggest concern is the ascarid. The best way to determine the deworming schedule for your horse is to involve your veterinarian and to perform fecal egg counts (FEC) to determine the propensity of individual horses to carry high, medium, or low worm burdens. An individualized deworming program can save money and allow the use of less dewormer.
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