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Importance Of Keeping Your Horse Healthy From Worms And Parasites

Author : Jared Wright

Horses who spend any time outside, and even those that might spend the majority of their life inside, can all fall victim to the wiles of worms. These tiny nematodes can live in your horses' intestines, sapping away at their nutrition and health, and some baby worms can even venture into the blood stream where they can wreak havoc in the lungs or other vital organs.

Horses in certain situations may be much more likely to contract worms and other parasites. Horses that are housed in stables with a large number of horses should be dewormed more often. Very old and young horse are also much more susceptible to parasitic infestations, but care should be taken deworming them as their bodies will respond differently then horse in prime health and age.

It is important to understand how worms enter a horse's body. The primary way to transmit the worms is through contact with the fecal. A horse already infested with worms will often produce feces that are contaminated with worm eggs, or whole worms themselves.

Horses that come in contact with these feces can eventually transmit those eggs or worms into their own bodies by ingestion. This does not mean that a horse has to eat the feces, it could be some form of contact with it and eventually passing it on in the feeding area. The worms will then travel to the intestines where they will experience a feast each time your horse eats.

Deworming a horse is usually a process that involves some sort of chemical deworming agent that must be given to your horse by mouth. Veterinarians often advise that you deworm your horse six times a year to keep the worm population at a minimum. Naturally, squirting something in your horse's mouth can be something of a task. Not many horses are willing to have strange pastes or liquids quirk into their mouths. There is a dewormer in pellet form, to be mixed with feed, but it has shown to be far less effective.

Deworming Tips and Considerations

- A horse with food in its mouth is more likely to spit out the dewormer. Rinsing a horse's mouth with a lot of water before hand can help mitigate this response.

- Different dewormers are effective against different worms. Consider rotating which drug you use.

There are no real perfect approaches to administering the dewormer. Only you know your horse best, and only you will be able to anticipate how she will react. Make an effort to move slowly, and thoroughly, but be sure that the dewormer does get swallowed.

Research has begun to show that some dewormers may actually have a negative effect on worm control. Over deworming your horse could help the worms develop a resistance to the drug. Do some research or discuss with your vet the possibility of using newer drugs, or possibly trying natural remedies, or substances such as diatomaceous earth which will actually suck all of the moisture out of a worm, killing it.

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