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#1 Marsha Cassada

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:18 AM

I wormed my horse with Zemectrin Gold two days ago.  This morning I found these.  Tape worm?  Or just debris?  I didn't find anything else--so far. 

If tape worm, how do horses get them, through fleas, like dogs?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:22 AM

Don't know what that is, but not tapeworm, as they are flat and segmented.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:22 PM

It looks more like a Pin worm to me, was this the only one you have come across so far ?


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:44 PM

It looks more like a Pin worm to me, was this the only one you have come across so far ?

Yep. Looked them up and that's what it looks like.  He's been rubbing his tail.  I usually have a fecal done in the fall, but just decided to worm him.  Glad I did. 


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:04 PM

If he has been rubbing his tail, have a look under it. You may notice a sticky substance around his anus, most likely the eggs that the female has laid. This is what will be causing him to rub his behind.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 07:45 AM

I've never run across pin worms before.  Where in the world did he get them?  No other horses have been here, and he hasn't gone anywhere.  Rowdy has been gone for 5 months, and I don't think he had them.  I will check our Extension pamphlets for pasture management of parasites and see if I can figure out how to deal with them.  I usually confine a new horse for a week or so after I get him, worm him, and keep the feces picked up, in case he brings any unwelcome passengers.

Feel bad my horse has had this for a couple of months and I didn't act sooner.  Just thought the itch was heat or little gnat-things. I was keeping the sheath area clean, as I heard that can cause itching.  I did see the pin worm on the anus, but had no idea what it was.

Always something to learn.  Thanks!


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 01:23 PM

People can get pin worms too. They are very contagious and very itchy. Keep your hands washed! They often get passed around at schools. 


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 04:23 PM

I got an excellent reply back from the state veterinarian.  Sounds like I have my work cut out to purge them.

www.cassphoto.com/pinworms.pdf


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 05:25 PM

They can be quite common and easily transferred. Dont feel bad Marsha , from where I sit and on the other side of the world, you do a wonderful job in looking after your horses.

 

Please keep us posted on your treatment plan :)


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Posted 13 October 2017 - 04:50 PM

Stopped by the vet and ordered the wormer  pyrantel.  I will give it in 6 weeks.  I was surprised the vet had none in stock, but they only had the kind for dogs, not horses.  My horse is so much more comfortable already!  I can only imagine how miserable he has been.  The vet tech said the worms are species-specific; I will research that to make sure.  It's amazing how a little information leads one on to find out more and more.


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