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Marsha Cassada

Parasites??

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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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Don't know what that is, but not tapeworm, as they are flat and segmented.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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