Horse Wormers for Tapeworm
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While it is possible to use a tapeworm saliva test often referred to as a tapeworm antibody test to determine whether a horse has been exposed to tapeworm, there are some limitations, the test can show whether a horse has a high, medium or low intensity infection; enabling targeted treatment of horses to prevent colic. But the test is not sensitive enough to differentiate between horses that do not have tapeworm and those that have low level infection; nor will the test show how many tapeworms there are within a horse. If a horse has a low-level tapeworm infection it is recommended to re-test in 3 months time, moderate to high result use a tapeworm wormer for horses.
A worm egg count may also be conducted during the spring to determine if a routine worm treatment is necessary if this is the case then dosing for tapeworm is required.
If Tapeworm and regular worming is required Pramox, containing moxidectin the same drug as Equest and praziquantel (the best wormer for tapeworm in horses). Equitape is no longer available. Praziquantel will treat more stages of worms including tapeworm, bots and the encysted redworm than any other horse wormer. The re-dose interval is 13 weeks for general horse wormers and 26 weeks for tapeworm.
Equimax containing ivermectin and praziquantel which will treat tapeworm for 26 weeks and other worms including bots but excluding the encysted small redworm for 8 to 10 weeks.
Pyrantel embonate wormers such as Pyratape and Strongid are double dose for tapeworm, this means that you have to use twice as much as you normally would for a regular worming. They will not treat bots, encysted redworm, and have a dosing interval of 4- 8 weeks a full list of horse wormers is available.