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Re: [RC] Worm Purge - heidi

I have a neighbor with a newly acquired horse that seems to be
"excreting" worms....they present as bumps and then rupture with wormey
egg stuff??

I remember something a while back about "purging"???

You mean erupting through the skin?

If so, I'd wait awhile.  While these grubs are migrating through the
tissue, if you kill them all at once, you can have so much cell lysis that
the horse can go into shock from the nasty enzymes let go by the dying
larvae.

These are actually fly larvae, rather than worms.  If the horse has them,
this is the time of year that they do this.  I'd wait until the horse has
worked through this (check with a vet in your area for a "safe" time for
your locality) before doing any sort of deworming at all.

But--once through this, I would DEFINITELY do a purge, as it sounds likely
that this horse has NOT had a good deworming history--the time to have
killed these things was in the fall, and since that wasn't the case, there
are apt to be all sorts of other parasites hanging around in there, too.

Heidi



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