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Pfizer Animal Health Offers Complete Rotational Deworming Program
Horse Health - Horse Worming
Equine veterinarians agree that rotating between
chemical classes is the key to creating an effective deworming program. Now, Pfizer
Animal Health makes rotation simple for horse owners by offering year-round parasite
protection in a program that includes three proven, safe and effective products from
different chemical classes: Equimax™, Anthelcide® EQ and Strongid® Paste.
Administered separately, at intervals throughout the year, Equimax, Anthelcide
EQ and Strongid Paste work together to offer a solid defense against internal parasite
damage. In order to make scheduling the rotation as easy as possible, Pfizer has created a
take-home calendar for horse owners. Available at retailers across the country beginning
in July, this helpful guide indicates the suggested order in which to give the products and
allows owners to record the dates on which dewormers were given, for trouble-free
reference later in the year.
“With the large number of dewormers available on store shelves, it can be
difficult for horse owners to sort through them and create a rotational program that works
and uses the best attributes of different chemical classes,” said Kristin Ruff, equine
products manager at Pfizer Animal Health. “Our products give horse owners a simple
solution for effective rotation and one source for all the deworming products they need
throughout the year.”
According to Pfizer Animal Health’s Rotational Deworming Calendar, the year
begins in January or February with administration of Anthelcide EQ (oxibendazole) and
continues in March or April with Equimax (ivermectin 1.87%/praziquantel 14.03%). In
May or June the calendar suggests Strongid (pyrantel pamoate) Paste and the rotation
continues over the rest of the year in a similar pattern. Pfizer recommends that horse
owners consult their veterinarians before beginning any deworming program.
Veterinarians can also help determine the risk for tapeworm exposure, which may dictate
additional treatments throughout the year.
By utilizing these three products in rotation, owners are able to effectively protect
their horses from most major classes of equine parasites, including benzimidazoleresistant
strongyles. Equimax is the only ivermectin/praziquantel dewormer proven safe
for use in horses four weeks of age and older. Stallions and breeding, pregnant or
lactating mares may be treated without adverse effects on fertility. Equimax treats and
controls bots and tapeworms as well as strongyles, roundworms and pinworms, rounding
out the complete program.
For more information on Pfizer Animal Health’s complete line of equine health
care products, visit www.pfizer.com/equine. Pfizer Inc discovers, develops,
manufactures and markets leading prescription medicines, for humans and animals, and
many of the world’s best known consumer products.