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Large Redworm Strongylus vulgaris
They are no longer the threat that they once were as many wormers are now efficient against them.
2cm - 5cm long, dark red in colour
Location In Horse
They migrate in blood vessels. Adults are found in the large intestine
Migrating larval stages damage the lining of the arteries particularly those in the gut.
Severe Colic and even Death
The only way to treat large strongyles is with anthelmintics (wormers) containing any of the chemicals ivermectin, moxidectin or benzimidazole. These chemicals will remove both the migrating larvae and adult worms.
- Prevent pasture becoming contaminated by the regular removal of droppings. This must be at least twice a week during summer months.
- Regular anthelmintics treatment will reduce the number of eggs being laid.
- Avoidance of over crowding
- Mixed grazing with sheep and cows