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what is the best wormer to use for a foal Our foal is 3 ...

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what is the best wormer to use for a foal? Our foal is 3 months old.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  JC Dill replied 9 years ago.
Hello,

Foals need a special de-worming schedule. Of most concern: DO NOT use Quest wormer on foals - the toxic dose is much too close to the safe dose. If the dose marker on the syringe slips as you give the foal the wormer and you accidentally give the adult sized dose it can be SERIOUS and even fatal for your foal! This happened to a friend's foal and they almost lost her - she was very sick for several weeks.

The most commonly recommended de-wormer products for foals under 6 months of age are Pyrantel (Strongid) or Fenbendazole (Panacur).

Please see this page for details:

http://www.lambriarvet.com/vet-deworm-chart.php

If you haven't wormed your foal yet, you may also want to have your vet do a fecal test to determine what the initial worm load is, to help you better tailer this initial worming program to fit your foal's specific situation and needs.

Good luck!

jc