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Cathys Cattery

Cathys Cattery

(Cats only boarding)
Run by Garry and Cathy Fortune, providing expert care for your cats

Ashford, Co. Wicklow
Telephone 040440368 or 0868321926
24 hour veterinary supervision
New heated spacious units
Pick up and delivery service
All diets catered for


Equine Worming


It is important to take a quick overview of the whole calendar year in order to understand which worms are a threat at different times of the year, which medicines are effective against them and which commercially available wormers contain those medicines.
With this knowledge it is possible to plan an effective annual worm-dosing programme for your horse.
It is easiest to look at the worm challenges on a seasonal basis:

SPRING (Feb-Apr)
The main challenges are:
A. Roundworms: Which have survived on the pasture from the previous grazing season.
B. Tapeworms: They need to be treated with specific medicines.
The most effective single dose wormers available to kill the above parasites are:
1. Eqvalan Duo (lasts 10 weeks)
2. Equest Pramox (lasts 13 weeks)
3. Equimax. (lasts 10 weeks)

SUMMER (May-July)
The main challenges are:
A. Roundworms: The level of pasture infectivity tends to increase as the season progresses.
A large range of wormers can be used in the summer months including:
1. Equest (lasts 13 weeks)
2. Eqvalan (lasts 10 weeks)
3. Panacur (lasts 6 weeks)
4. Equimax (lasts 10 weeks)

AUTUMN (Aug-Oct)
The main challenges are:
A. Roundworms
B. Tapeworms
C. Bots
The commonly available wormers which are effective against the above include:
1. Equest Pramox (lasts 13 weeks)
2. Eqvalan Duo (lasts 10 weeks)
3. Equimax (lasts 10 weeks)

WINTER (Nov- Jan)
The main challenges at this time of year are from:
A. Roundworms
B. Small encysted red worms (They pose the biggest threat of all worms in winter).
C. Migrating large red worms.
D. Bots

Recommended wormers to deal with these parasites include:
1. Equest (lasts 13 weeks)
2. Eqvalan ( lasts 10 weeks)

Faecal worm egg counts give an indication of the level of worm burden present in the horse. They can be useful in assessing the effectiveness of your worming programme and in identifying horses that do not need to be wormed.
At our Clinic in Wicklow we now provide an in house Faecal Worm Egg counting service in our Lab.
We would be happy to discuss your horses worming requirements with you.
We can provide a range of wormers at very competitive prices.
If you need any further information please contact us at the clinic.