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  • Quest Plus

    Has anyone had issues with diarrhea (I mean really loose) after treating with Quest Plus? Deleting the rest of my post, as I got the answer to my question about Quest and diarrhea, and evidently it's not uncommon.
    Last edited by Miss Fortune; Mar. 26, 2020, 01:54 PM.

  • #2
    Worming several times in six weeks is really not a great idea. Single doses of fenbendazole are pretty useless as resistance is high. It can have a place in deworming a really loaded horse, but quest plus would be a huge next step.

    What all has he had, and when?

    It's probably not the Quest Plus itself, but that it wasn't the correct anthelmintic for this use. Yes, he might be in a major die off.

    The AAEP deworming guide lines are a great place to start:


    • #3
      You've wormed him several times in just six weeks?

      I'd suggest slowing down, that's an awful lot in a short period of time especially if you've used several different products. Did you do a fecal? Vet on board?

      I have never had a horse with diarrhea after QP, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. It could be you've just hit him with too many chemicals in a short period and his gut Flora is off... I'm sure someone will have a probiotics suggestion, but honestly I'd just consult your vet and explain what you've done, and what's happening now.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Miss Fortune View Post
        Has anyone had issues with diarrhea (I mean really loose) after treating with Quest Plus? I dosed my little Caspian with some the other day, and this morning his but is a mess. He's a rescue, and was in pretty poor condition when I got him. I've wormed him with Fenbend as well. I've had him for about 6 weeks now, and although I've wormed him a few times, he's still not looking much better...I know they advise against using Quest on really poor/thin or debilitated horses, but he's not in that bad of shape. I wonder if the die off is irritating his gut, and causing the D.
        You do realize that it takes time to put weight on a horse? What are you feeding him?


        • #5
          Sounds like it's time for a vet visit. You need to understand the feeding/worming protocols for a horse in poor condition. You first say he was in pretty poor condition, but "he's not in that bad of shape" four lines later.

          From the sound of it, you're making matters worse.


          • #6
            Following up a power pac with quest plus is a strange choice. A power pac addresses the encysted strongyles. Quest is broad spectrum, but the reason most people choose it over Equimax is for it's action on those same encysted strongyles.

            What's your goal with quest plus, particularly so soon after a power pac and within a few months of ivermectin, especially when you've never used any form of quest before?

            It's important to use these things in a certain way...which is not how it sounds like you're going about it. That document from the AAEP is really worth a read, highly recommend. Great base of learning for this stuff.


            • #7
              It is always a bit risky deworming any animal that is in poor condition. It might be best to get a vets advice, have him see the horse and then deworm according to his recommendations.

              As said multiple dewormings in such a short time is a mistake. It takes a long time to see any results in a thin horse.


              • #8
                I think it will be better to think of them as poisoning the worms. So you don't want to be poisoning the horse every 2 weeks.
                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.