Horse wormers in stock | The Genuine Article
It took many months of form filling and inspections to become fully licensed to sell horse worming products at our Bethersden shop. The upside of all that regulation is that you can be confident you're getting the genuine article and not one of the many counterfeit products that are becoming more and more common these days, especially through the internet.
To view our entry at the VMD (Veterinary Medical Directorate) click here Reg. No. 1091656
Emma Betts is our Approved SQP, Cert. No. 1809 under AMTRA (Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority). Click here for details. Our records, licences and qualifications are all available for inspection at the shop or by the links above. You can pick up your purchases in person or we can post them to you. See below for details.
Our prices are competitive and we offer the same degree of protection as your local vet.
Which wormers at this time of year?
AUTUMN: September, October, November
During the autumn horses need a wormer to cover them for tapeworm, encysted redworm and bots that they may pick up from the pasture. Equest Pramox is a good choice as it lasts a full 13 weeks and will take your horse through to winter when a round wormer is due. If you do one dose of wormer once a year this is the most important time to do it and Pramox is the one to use. Don't forget that managing your pasture with regular poo picking will reduce the worm eggs in your horse's environment.
Worm egg count kits now in stock
We now stock worm count kits for those who want to identify what worms are present so that they can be targeted more accurately and effectively. The kit contains all you need to collect samples including a pre-paid envelope, so they go off direct to the Laboratory. Results can come back to us if you wish so we can contact you to discuss the most suitable worming treatment and take care of everything for you. Ask for Worm Count Kit @ £14.50
We can post your order
Just give us a call on 01233 822 411 to pay by credit card over the phone and we'll pop your order in the post for a nominal £1 (total, not per item) regardless of how much you order. To make sure you're safely getting the correct product and to satisfy the terms of our licence we shall just need to ask a few simple questions. Then we'll do our best to dispatch your order that day.
General horse worming information
Horses, ponies, foals and donkeys need regular worming to kill and remove many types of worms and parasites including roundworms, tapeworms and bots (link to BHS worm control info PDF).
- The dose of wormer is worked out by weight. Guessing is very inaccurate so we advise you use a Weight Tape. Instructions are in the packet with the tape. Tapes are in stock at A-Z Animal Care.
- Overdosing can cause unwanted side effects and be harmful to your horse.
- Underdosing may mean that some worms survive and become resistant to future doses. This will mean current wormers will be useless in the future.
- Do not administer Equest to foals less than 4 months old.
- Do not administer Pramox to foals less than 6 months old.
- Clearing all dung and removing it from the field significantly reduces the number of worm eggs in the grass and is recommended for all horses. This is called field clearing or "poo picking". Three times a week is the minimum recommended.
- You can buy a kit to see if your horse has worms or needs worming. It is called a Worm Egg Count (WEC). It is now considered best practice to use a WEC when worming is due and only dose if worm eggs are found.
- WEC kits do not show up encysted worms (those burrowed into the intestine) OR tapeworm. Therefore it is essential to always do the autumn dose of Pramox to treat for both of these.
Horse worming; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
HORSES HEALTH - Can I worm my horse if it's unwell?
- Use common sense here. If in doubt consult your vet.
- If the horse has been ill and receiving treatment from the vets I would advise to wait until fully recovered.
- It is fine to purchase the wormer but WAIT until the horse is better.
- Especially if the horse has had stomach or intestine problems such as “COLIC.” This is a painful spasm or twisting of the guts.
- It’s worth noting that some colic can be CAUSED by a high number of worms (usually tapeworm) so worming correctly may help prevent future problems.
- Wormers are fine to administer to horses on long-term painkillers for arthritis. Some owners may call this “BUTE”
PREGNANCY - Can I worm my horse if it is pregnant?
- It is good practice to worm a mare during pregnancy to avoid worms passing to the foal.
- But don’t use Pramox, as it’s not licensed.
- For summer and winter roundworm control use Equest, Animec or Strongid P
- For autumn and spring tapeworm control use Strongid P at a DOUBLE dose.
RECENTLY WORMED? OR - If I don't know the horse's history?
- WAIT for minimum 2 weeks before using another wormer.
- If someone has recently purchased a horse or is unsure of its worming history we advise you wait 2 weeks and start on the Equest or Pramox programme.
- Any new horse being added to a herd should ideally be wormed before it is introduced to existing horses and paddock to prevent contamination.
- After worming a new horse be extra careful about poo picking for at least a week.
AGE - Are there any age limits for worming?
- Minimum 4 months for Equest.
- Minimum 6 months for Pramox.
- Animec OK from 1 week old.
- Strongid P from 1 week old.
WEIGHT - How do I find my horse's weight for correct dose?
Having problems worming your horse?
Try this Australian video below for one possible solution. Note though that it does point out that this was the only
problem with the horse at that stage. If yours has "other issues" they may need sorting out first before this will work.
A short advertisement comes up before the video but this can be skipped after a few seconds.