Horse Wormer For Dogs: A Crazy Idea?
||Horse wormer for dogs
I read discussions about this specific topic around the web a few days ago. Is this idea the kind that's crazy enough to work? Not according to Dr. Sally Gardiner, our resident vet. According to Dr. Sally, choosing the best wormer for your dog is a daunting task because you would have to know what wormer kills what worm. There are different wormer formulas intended for different types of dog worms and dog sizes. Wormers are specially formulated depending on the dog's size and breed, and also on the type of worms present in its system.
Dog wormers are specifically formulated for use in dogs, horse wormers for horses. The huge difference in size between dogs and horses is quite obvious, and for this reason the difference in formulation of various wormers for both is quite large, too.
"Rest assured - in order to be registered and authorized for sale, all worming medications are tested for safety and effectiveness, so that you can be confident that they all work," says Dr. Sally. However, how these medications are used and handled is entirely up to the pet owner so there is still a risk - especially if you don't take the necessary precautions. As always, it will not hurt to consult your vet beforehand so you can be sure you're doing it right and everything is safe.
What is the difference between horse wormers and dog wormers?
Essentially, the difference lies in the dosage and concentration. Horse and dog wormers often have common ingredients like ivermectin and fenbendazole, for example. However, this does not mean that we have the liberty to use horse medication on dogs. I have no experience with deworming horses but I take it horse wormers were not specifically formulated for dogs therefore posing a risk that should not be taken in the first place. Even cats and dogs of the same size have different medical needs - aspirin can treat a dog's headache, but it may kill a cat. That being said, the question on whether horse wormers are safe for use in dogs should really be posed to a vet. While you're at it, you can also ask your vet if the wormer you chose is safe for your dog and what the right dosage is. This, for me, is the best way to go about deworming your pet. Ask your vet first, then medicate as advised.
Now, let's go back to the original question, horse wormer for dogs: a crazy idea?
If you ask me, yes - and it's not that type of crazy idea that just might work. Where is the logic in giving horse wormers to your dog? There are various wormers available for dogs, pretty good ones at that, so why would you even consider horse wormers for dogs? Why risk your dog's life when you can easily buy a dog wormer at a local convenience store or a pet feeds supply store? Better yet, why not just consult your vet?
Just a note, too. Rememember that horses weigh about 1,000 lbs or more and most dogs are less than 100lbs so a dog is less than 1/10th of a horse's weight. The volume and concentration of medication in a horse wormer is such that if you miscalculate even a little, you can easily overdose your dog to such an extent that can possibly kill it. Many a spendthrift has made this error. The question is - is it really worth the risk?