Parasites cause Health Issues
If you want your horse to be in good health, it is necessary to give equine dewormers. Most horses need to be given dewormers every 6-8 weeks, except for very young horses under one year old or senior horses. Certain parasites can become resistant to different equine dewormers. Which is why rotating the right dewormer is recommended. Whether or not you incorporate wormer rotation in your program, Fenbendazole should be an important part of your deworming process.
Fenbendazole is one of the dewormers that have a wide margin of safety. It belongs to a class of dewormers known as benzimidazoles and they work by interfering with the energy metabolism of the parasite. This allows the drug to eliminate nematode eggs, which other dewormers cannot do. Benzimidazoles work best when they are given consistently for several days.
Fenbendazole works effectively against pinworms, redworms, stomach hair worms, roundworms, and large-mouthed stomach worms. When it is used against small strongyles, it can effectively purge out the parasites compared to other dewormers. This deworming agent is known to have an extremely wide safety margin. Giving this wormer many times more than the standard dosage still can’t harm your horse. Fenbendazole (AbFen) is available as oral granules, which are easily sprinkled onto your horse’s feed. It is best given every day for 5 days or as prescribed by the veterinarian.
Safety for Pregnant Mares
Not all deworming agents can be given safely to pregnant mares and foals; however, Fenbendazole can be given. This worming agent has been proven safe for use in both pregnant mares and foals. However, it is still best to give the recommended dosing. Always work with your veterinarian on the best dosing regimen for your horse.
Fenbendazole can only become toxic to a horse when given greater than 100 times the recommended dose. However, when a great number of parasites die off inside the horse’s system, an inflammatory reaction can occur. Dead parasites can release toxins inside your horse’s body and this would possibly cause laminitis, colic, or inflammation of the body. If you suspect that your horse has heavy parasite infestation, you need to consult your veterinarian so you can develop a good worming program.
Deworming is successfully achieved when the right wormer is given at the right time. It is important to incorporate Fenbendazole when deworming your horse.