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RE: [RC] [RC] [RC] OT-horse wormer question - heidi

I'd be perfectly comfortable doing a powerpack on a horse with an unknown
parasite load.  Fenbendazole is very safe and mild, and will cause much less
stress to a rescue horse's overall health than a parasite load will.  I
would NOT use one of the "nuclear" antihelmintics, ie Moxidectin, at least
until I'd cleared out most with the Panacur first.

I have zero faith in diatomaceous earth as a treatment or preventative.
Just seen too many horses with devastating parasite loads that were only
being 'treated' with DE and wormwood homeopathics.

Ditto Susan's comments.  But I'd add that doing a fecal and getting a
negative result is not necessarily indicative of a lack of worms.  It
depends on the season of the year, and can also be affected by the
general debility of the horse.  If the horse is really in bad shape,
the worms may not be healthy enough to be shedding eggs, either.



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