Equine deworming – a consensus of best practice

Experts in parasitology have generated new guidelines for veterinarians and horse owners to encourage responsible use of anthelmintics (deworming drugs). After years of regular dosing of dewormers, widespread resistance to many of the drugs has developed, resulting in worms surviving the killing effects of dewormers. The guidelines provide best practice strategies for managing worm control in horses.

Importantly for tapeworm control, the guidelines categorically state that “The traditional approach, to routinely treat for tapeworms annually or 6-monthly without diagnostic testing, is obsolete.” “Treatment should only be administered to adult horses in response to positive serum or salivary antibody testing.”

You can access a downloadable pdf of the full guidelines by clicking on the image below.