How do you treat tapeworms in horses?

There are two types of dewormers available for treating equine tapeworms. One is praziquantel, which can be found in several products. It is most often combined with ivermectin or moxidectin, but manufacturers also produce it in a standalone formulation in some countries.

How can you tell if your horse has tapeworm?

Common signs of parasite or worm infection include:

  1. Weight loss.
  2. Colic.
  3. Diarrhea or constipation.
  4. Rough hair coat.
  5. Poor growth in foals.
  6. Respiratory problems. (nasal discharge, cough)

When do you treat tapeworm in horses?

Generally, treatments directed against tapeworms should be given every six months, with treatment in the fall and again in late spring. The role of tapeworms in equine colic should be kept in perspective. They represent a small, but avoidable, risk in certain types of colic.

What wormer kills tapeworms in horses?


Tapeworm Treatment
Two chemicals treat tapeworm infections in horses; praziquantel and pyrantel given at a double dose. If targeting just tapeworm then a praziquantel only wormer is the preferred choice as it treats no other horse parasites.

Where do horses get tapeworms from?

Horses become infected with tapeworms by eating small pasture mites during grazing. These free-living “oribatid” mites are an essential stage in the tapeworm’s lifecycle. The mites eat tapeworm eggs passed in the manure of infected horses. The eggs develop into larval tapeworms within the mites over 12-15 weeks.

Can you see tapeworms in horse poop?

The eggs of redworm, roundworm and tapeworm, the ‘usual suspects’ of horse parasites, are microscopic and not visible to the naked eye.

How common is tapeworm in horses?

Survey studies conducted across the United States have found the prevalence of tapeworm infestations in horses ranges from 17.3 percent in horses along the Pacific Coast to as high as 95 percent of horses in the Midwest. East of the Mississippi River, tapeworms were found in 60 percent of horses tested.

How often should you worm a horse for tapeworm?

twice a year

Horses only need treating for tapeworm twice a year as the lifecycle takes six months to complete. This should be done in spring and autumn using a praziquantel or a pyrantel based wormer.