How quickly do paste wormers work to eliminate worms and bots? How can I be sure that worms have been eliminated in my horse?

Different dewormers act in different ways. Some kill the parasites quickly, while others kill more slowly. Also, some dewormers control both adult and immature parasites, while others only control parasites in the intestinal tract. Only the avermectins (ivermectin and moxidectin) control bots.
To determine if the product used is working, have a fecal flotation exam done before deworming and again about 14 days after deworming. There should be at least an 80 to 90% drop in egg count. The reason …

How should dehydration be treated? How long can a horse go without water?

Assuming previous efforts at encouraging the horse to drink by offering of fresh, potable water have failed, you can treat dehydration by administering fluids and electrolyte solutions. Fluids and electrolytes are vital in treating and stabilizing horses with dehydration. However, you should seek the advice of your veterinarian and have him or her administer the fluids. Excess fluid administration can lead to physiological problems.
Most of the time, electrolytes will be administered by mouth. In severe cases, they will be …

Are persimmons potentially harmful to horses?

The American persimmon can be poisonous to horses. The problem is associated with tannins in the fruit. The tannins can precipitate from the fruit in the stomach and form a sticky mass. This mass can cause ulcers in the stomach and even lead to rupture of the stomach if the horse was to eat a large quantity of the fruit. This can also cause colic due to impaction in the stomach or the small intestine. Signs are colic and weight …

Is it wise to ride a horse with Cushing's disease? What should be the cut-off sign not to ride him?

You should first consult with your veterinarian before beginning an exercise or riding program. However, generally speaking, horses with Cushing’s can be ridden like any other horse, particularly if the Cushing’s syndrome is well controlled with medication. Still, it is wise to consider just a few precautions:
1. Overheating: If the affected horse has not shed out or has grown its winter hair coat too soon in the fall, a body clip may be needed to keep the horse cool …

What is the exact care for ear mites? My horse has sores in his ears that I first believed to be bites from horse flies but they are getting increasingly worse day by day. What would you recommend for the treatment of this condition?

Ear mites are not a concern for horses, however, other external parasites may be a problem.
Horses can be affected by several mites, lice and ticks. Will your horse let you closely examine his ears?
Ticks and lice can be seen without special procedures. To see mites, skin scrapings must be taken and examined under a microscope. This needs to be done by your veterinarian.
However, the problem may still be due to biting flies/insects. Some are very small and …