De-worming Program & Quantitative Fecal Testing

Protecting Your Horse
 

Important Notice!

In an effort to address the very serious issue of parasite resistance, please see the new recommendations regarding quantitative fecal testing and de-worming on our news page. As you will see from this article we have adopted some changes to our de-worming protocols. We want to make it clear that we do not want clients to stop de-worming at this time!  We now recommend periodic quantitative fecal testing and customizing a de-worming plan based upon each horse's individual results. Please continue following the current schedule until you begin the new testing program.  Most horses should be tested in the spring and fall before de-worming. 

The strategic de-worming program offered by Equine Veterinary Service is designed to protect horses against specific parasites that were found to be problematic for horses in this area. In order to prevent the parasites from causing damage to the horse, the program targets parasites which develop during certain times of the year.  Please follow these recommendations until your horse has started the new program above. 

When purchasing de-wormers, purchase products that contain the active ingredients (chemical names) listed below. Keep in mind that the individual product names may vary. (The chemical name of the de-wormer will be listed with the brand name in parentheses).

This de-worming program is recommended for horses one (1) year of age or older and in good health. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

Equine De-Worming Program Outline

When To Dose Product (Chemical Name)
January 1: Broad Spectrum de-wormer such as fenbendazole (Panacur, Safe-Guard); oxibendazole (Anthelcide EQ)
 
March 1: Ivermectin 1.87% (Equell, Equimectrin, Eqvalen, Ivercare, Zimectrin), for general de-worming.
 
April 15: Moxidectin plus praziquantel (Quest Plus or Combo Care), to treat encysted strongyles and tapeworms.
 
June 15: Either double dose pyrantel pamoate (Strongid, Strongyle Care) OR single dose praziquantel combination product with either ivermectin or moxidectin (Equimax, ComboCare, Quest Plus, Zimectrin Gold), to treat tapeworms.
 
August 15: Ivermectin 1.87% (Equell, Equimectrin, Eqvalen, Ivercare, Zimectrin) for bots; first dose.
 
October 15: Ivermectin 1.87% (Equell, Equimectrin, Eqvalen, Ivercare, Zimectrin) for bots; second dose.
 
November 25: Broad Spectrum de-wormer such as fenbendazole (Panacur, Safe-Guard); oxibendazole (Anthelcide EQ)
 

For foals 60 days to 1 year of age:
Please contact the office for recommendations specific to your foal’s needs.