Having some falling out issues with BO. One includes inadequate hay where hay is supposed to be unlimited. I've even offered to pay more or supply my own if her withholding is a financial issue.
My 16.3 OTTB still ribby. So visiting trainer recommends getting a Power Pak, since we've only done ivermectin. And having a stool sample done.
Stool sample reveals very small count of strongyles - what vet says would be normally seen since the last worming done a few weeks ago. Vet says use of the Power Pak overdoing it, that another ivermectin should be fine.
I am close to moving the horse, so don't need that suggestion . I am just not up on Power Pak, worming cycles done regularly. Last barn I was at, we only wormed 2x a year. I feel terrible that I may have not been doing enough, but now with the result am confused.
Visiting trainer had been in the south for the winter, and there they rotated more frequently.
Vet is large animal, not solely equine.
Should I give him the Power Pak? (already ordered)
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What has worked FOR ME (YMMV, IANAV, all the usual disclaimers apply) is a power pak for the horse when I purchase it and a power pak approx every two years following. I DO use Quest or Quest Plus during the year, but I find my horses getting a little unthrifty in that second year if I do not repeat the power pak.
so... i've never done a power pak before. how does this work? i see it's something that may be beneficial for a horse that is having issues gaining weight which is what i'm dealing with currently. his FEC came back with minimal eggs and the vet considered it "normal". would a power pak be something beneficial in this case?
A powerpac is a double dose of fenbendazole for 5 days in a row. It is very beneficial in many ways. Not only does it target the encysteds, it's anti fungal and gives the immune system a boost. It can also benefit horses with ulcers.
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My horse is currently getting regular fecals (which thus far have always been zero). Therefore, we don't do any of the 'general purpose' deworming (per the Jeffers chart). He gets Quest in the spring (to cover bots and encysted strongyles) and Equimax in the fall (to cover both of those, plus tapeworms). If one of his fecals came back higher, vet and I would change the plan. I prefer this to the rotational deworming, where he would get something every other month regardless of whether he has anything.
A small count "a few weeks" after ivermectin is indeed normal, and it's a bad time to have done a FEC for that reason.
Do a FEC 12 weeks after the ivermectin to see what the count is - that's the ONLY good count you're going to have on this particular horse's issue. If he's got a high count, then you can probably feel "good" that he had a significant enough encysted colony which has now emerged and matured, OR he doesn't have the immune system to deal with larva as he ingests them.
If he's high at the 12 week mark, THEN I'd consider Quest Plus, which will also get tapes. Then do another FEC 16 weeks later
This practice of "oh, he looks poor, just Power Pack him" is just one more reason we have such a resistance to fenbendazole.
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