Spring Vaccine & Deworming Protocol

Vaccinations

  • Eastern Western Encephalomyelitis/West Nile/Tetanus Toxoid to be given in spring to protect against mosquito born disease
  • Rhino/Flu booster should be given in the spring
  • Rabies vaccine should also be given if not given the previous fall
  • Fecal analysis should be performed to determine the appropriate deworming protocol

Worming

Protocol for Adult Horses (Greater Than 3 years old):
Low Shedders (0-199 Eggs Per Gram of Feces)

  • May 1: Ivermectin
  • November 1: Ivermectin + Praziquantel (Equimax, Zimectrin Gold)

Medium Shedders (200-500 Eggs Per Gram of Feces)

  • May 1: Ivermectin
  • August 1: Pyrantel (Strongid)
  • November 1: Ivermectin + Praziquantel (Equimax, Zimectrin Gold)

High Shedders (>500 Eggs Per Gram of Feces)

  • March 1: Ivermectin
  • May 1: Pyrantel (Strongid)
  • August 1: Ivermectin
  • November 1: Ivermectin + Praziquantel (Equimax, Zimectrin Gold)

*Recommend feeding your horse after deworming.

Protocol for Foals, Weanlings, and Horses Less Than 3 years old:

  • Day 0 – Mare should be dewormed at foaling with Ivermectin
  • 3 months – Panacur double dose
  • 6 months – Ivermectin
  • 9 months – Pyrantel double dose (for tapeworms)
  • 12 months – Ivermectin
  • After 12 months, deworm as you would a Medium Shedder:
    • May 1: Ivermectin
    • August 1: Pyrantel or Benzimidazole
    • November 1: Ivermectin + Praziquantel

At the age of 3, deworm based on Fecal Egg Count (FEC). Do a fecal test at least 12 weeks after last deworming to determine the protocol.