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Hi all, Just wondering about your thoughts on deworming a horse while pregnant. A friend ...
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    Deworming pregnant horse

    Hi all,
    Just wondering about your thoughts on deworming a horse while pregnant. A friend of mine had her horse at someone else's farm to excercise her, and then to breed her before she was brought home. Lack of attention and caring on the owner's part as this mare's feet were NEVER done once in the year and a half her horse was there, and was not dewormed at all. If I were her, I would have made sure those things were looked after considering she's still her horse and her responsibility. Cannot believe those topics didn't come up once in that whole time.
    Anyhow, she has her mare back at home with her and she so badly needs to be dewormed. her vet told her NO WAY while she's pregnant, even under these circumstances.
    I believed that you could (and should) deworm up to 2 months before due date, especially if the foal eats some of mom's poo, baby will be protected somewhat.
    This mare is 3 months along.
    Any thoughts from you all on this whole thing?
    Thanks, I just want to make sure this horse is getting taken care of.
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    Is this an equine vet advising her on this?

    There are several dewormers out there that are perfectly safe for pregnant mares. Being wormy while pregnant is only going to pull her down further. Plus infect the baby as well.

    What was his reason for not deworming?

    I would suggest having an fec pulled on the mare to 1)make sure that she is wormy and 2)see what chemical needs to be used.

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    same with what dawn said and you may want to ask the vet if there are any specific types he/she would use

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    I'm with Dawn. There are de-wormers out there that are safe for mares in-foal. We keep our mares on a regular de-worming schedule with the other horses. The only thing that is done differently with them is that they get de-wormed 12-24 hours after foaling. Otherwise, as long as the de-wormer is okay for pregnant mares, you should be a-o-k. I'd be curious to hear the reasoning behind the vet saying not to de-worm.
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    The only reason I can see that it's not safe to deworm is if she has a very bad infestation of worms. Killing all the worms off at once could cause health issues but you can't just leave her that way. You may have to start with a partial dose and work your way up but having her go over a year with no deworming is likely to have a big impact on her health and the foal's health. Unless the vet has another specific reason for not deworming her at all I would be looking for a new vet. Pregnant mares are dewormed not only the same as other horses but often times more frequently without problems.

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    Thanks, this confirms what I already believed to be true. Indeed, this was an equine vet. At a very LARGE very EXPENSIVE vet hospital. I don't know the reasons behind it, but he was quite insistant that she not be dewormed. I'll dig some more.
    I saw her today and she said that they've already dewormed her now, so I'm glad for that, and her feet have been done too. Gosh, I hope that this little one they're bringing into the world will be cared for....
    Thanks again for your replies.
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    most wormers are safe for pregnant mares and foals...i've never heard a vet say not to worm one. we worm our broodmares up to 3 or 4 months before they are due.
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    we dewormed our mare early Jan. 06. and she colliced bad the next day. only we didn't know she was pregnant. an expensive trip the equine hospital and tests said aprox. 7 mos. pregnant. they thought the the wormer had something to do with her going down so bad.

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