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  • Have you ever de-wormed yourself?

    A friend of mine was saying that she de-worms herself once a year because of all that she comes in contact with in her daily farm life (poop of all species, dirt, trough water, etc). I had never really thought about it and I'm curious if anyone else has done it or if you feel it is necessary. TIA.
    Rhode Islands are red;
    North Hollands are blue.
    Sorry my thoroughbreds
    Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :

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    Is she eating said "poop"?
    ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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    • #3
      I have never dewormed myself on purpose.

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        #4
        It's quite possible..lol. She lets her dog kiss her in the face and I've seen him eat poop, so I would say it's a good bet..lol.
        Rhode Islands are red;
        North Hollands are blue.
        Sorry my thoroughbreds
        Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :

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        • #5
          LOL

          do a fecal first....

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          • #6
            As with Regumate, never intentionally!
            Originally posted by SmartAlex

            Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.

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            • #7
              I think most worm species are species specific....could be wrong...except maybe tapes.
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              www.coloredcowhorseranch.com
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              • #8
                Most of farm animal parasites have specific species they can host upon, usually humans can not have a parasite passed to them by their horse/cow/pig/dog and also live inside them. Technically, you could swallow some larvae/eggs/cysts, but the chance of them actually maturing into the adult stage and therefore problematic, are slim.

                Ringworm is a whole 'nother story. People usually contract ringworm through their animals. That and tick-borne diseases, but you have to be bitten by the tick in order to have the parasite infect you (ie: you can't get Lyme from touching your horse's fluids).

                If a human does get a parasite infection, then there are dewormers very similar to those we give to ruminants (ivermectin for one). I still probably wouldn't run to ValleyVet if I was diagnosed with a tapeworm...

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                  #9
                  Ok, I should probably confess that my friend is self-proclaimed "hippy dippy" and is into herbal treatments. This is an herbal de-wormer that she uses. Anyway, she spoke about it like it was quite common, so I thought I would ask around about it.
                  Rhode Islands are red;
                  North Hollands are blue.
                  Sorry my thoroughbreds
                  Stomped on your roo. Originally Posted by pAin't_Misbehavin' :

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Heliodoro View Post
                    I still probably wouldn't run to ValleyVet if I was diagnosed with a tapeworm...
                    Me neither. At least not for the first 30 pounds...
                    ::Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you::

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                    • #11
                      Not on purpose!

                      As mentioned, most parasites are host specific, but this does not apply to some of the dog and cat parasites. People can get really sick from dog and cat ascarids. Humans are a dead end host and the larva migrate into the tissues and cause all kinds of problems...

                      You can also get cutaneous larva migrans, which is really gross! Also known as "creeping eruption". Google for a gross picture if you want.... And don't walk barefoot in the grass!

                      I am much more diligent about washing after handling dogs than I am horses...... And picking up dog poo in the yard....
                      Turn off the computer and go ride!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SmartAlex View Post
                        Me neither. At least not for the first 30 pounds...
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                        • #13
                          I know of a trainer who dealt with some ongoing abdominal pain, listlessness, etc...who finally determined he had tapeworms. Shudder. I think he got something (rx) from his doctor, though for all I know, he may have hit the Equimectrin

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                          • #14
                            The person who treats themselves has a fool for a doctor ( and another one for a patient).

                            Although perhaps she's just using diatomaceous earth or something else relatively harmless and "herbal".

                            Or maybe she's hitting the Absinthe.
                            "The Threat of Internet Ignorance: ... we are witnessing the rise of an age of equestrian disinformation, one where a trusting public can graze on nonsense packaged to look like fact."-LRG-AF

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CatOnLap View Post
                              Or maybe she's hitting the Absinthe.


                              Colored Cowhorse Ranch
                              www.coloredcowhorseranch.com
                              Northern NV

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                              • #16
                                Not on purpose.
                                Free bar.ka and tidy rabbit.

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                                • #17
                                  Not even accidentally...but I have Gastro-Guarded myself a bit a few times. Blech!

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                                  • #18
                                    I am much more diligent about washing after handling dogs than I am horses
                                    I just worm the dog regularly- heartworm preventative pills take care of most things.

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                                    • #19
                                      Of course I have.

                                      Anyone who thinks humans cannot get the many of the same parasites horses get is naive. Do a little research. Ivermectin has been manufactured for humans in appropriate doses for a long, long time!
                                      "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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                                      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.

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                                      • #20
                                        i have always wished for tapeworms as a quick weight loss scheme...

                                        and thanks foggybok for that picture! i walk around my pasture/barn barefoot in the summer all the time when my feet have gotten wet from bathing the horses! from now on- probably not! eww.
                                        Jazz- 4.9.01 OTTB, loved since 12.6.09
                                        Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy

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