Deworming your Horses in Gordonsville, VA

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Spring/Fall Fecal Egg Count Reminder:

As we approach spring, it's time to start thinking about the importance of a parasite control program.  Routine Fecal Egg Counts are a vital part of a well managed de-worming program.  Fecals should be collected an appropriate amount of time after the last de-wormer has been administered. This period of time varies with the de-wormer used.  Please see the table below to determine the appropriate time to take a sample.

De-wormer used
Weeks to wait post-dewormer to take sample
Fenbendazole (Panacur)
4-6 weeks
4-6 weeks
8-10 weeks
10-12 weeks

There are many de-wormers out there with many different main ingredients. Here is a table that groups the brand names of common de-wormers by their main ingredient.

Common de-wormer brand name
Main ingredient name
Zimectrin, Rotectin 1.87, Ivercare
Equimax, Zimectrin Gold
Ivermectin+ praziquantel
Quest Plus
Moxidectin + praziquantel
Panacur, Safeguard
Panacur Powerpac
5 day double dose of fenbendazole
Strongid, Rotectin P, Strongylecare Paste
Pyrantel pamoate

Fecal Egg Counts, Shedding, and Deworming Protocols

Shedding Category
Deworming Frequency
Fecal Egg Count Frequency
Low Shedder (0-200) Eggs per Gram
Two Times per year: April (Quest-Moxidectin) and November (Equimax-Ivermectin/Praziquantel)
Once a year
Moderate Shedder (200-500) Eggs per Gram
Three Times per year: March (Quest), July (Ivermectin), November (Equimax)
Twice a year
High Shedder (500 and up) Eggs per Gram
Four Times per year: January (Ivermectin), May (Quest Plus or Equimax), July/August (Strongid or Panacur), November (Quest)
Three to four times a year, or before every deworming
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