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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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Toxins in our wormers

D. Getty, i read that the synthetic wormers we give our horses all carry small amounts of toxins to kill the worms, and that over time these toxins that filter through or horses liver and kidneys can and will eventually cause failure of these organs. Is this true?

Where are you from? Alvord, Tx

How did you locate this forum? my girlfriend recommended you

Re: Toxins in our wormers

Hello Kim,

It's true that the drugs in wormers kill worms and their larvae. But, they are very safe to use. Worm infestations are far more dangerous than the wormers we use to kill them. And, natural products that contain "diatomaceous earth" can cause tiny lacerations in the digestive tract. So, I do not recommend them.

All horses have worms and they need to be managed, so a good worming program along with periodic manure tests is the best way to go.

All the best,

Dr. Getty