I’m going to be very honest here–until very recently, I’d never used an herbal dewormer before. I’ve always been a rule follower–and for years, I followed the old vet-prescribed deworming program for horses: a 3-4 month rotational chemical deworming program.
But in the last year or so, I’ve learned quite a bit that contradicts this regimen. Even vets are now saying that a rotational deworming program with chemical dewormers is not only unnecessary most of the time, but often detrimental in the long run. Due to overuse, the worms are becoming resistant to many of the chemical dewormers. And I’m convinced that continually deworming horses with chemicals is just plain unhealthy for them. Vets now recommend using a fecal egg counts and treating each horse as an individual instead of using a blanket program.
Thanks to all my research about natural horse health, I’ve been learning more about herbal dewormers and I’m hearing lots of great things about them. Holistic vets like Dr. Madalyn Ward and Dr. Dan Moore recommend using them and Joe Camp, author of The Soul of a Horse (and other books), is also a big proponent of herbal dewormers. I’ve decided to start using them with my horses, but I will also be using fecal egg counts to determine when I need to deworm and if the dewormer used was effective.
The following is a guest post, written by Narayan Khalsa, AANHCP Barefoot Practitioner and co-founder of Effective Pet Wellness. Narayan gives his opinion of chemical and herbal dewormers, as well as some specific information about the deworming products made by Effective Pet Wellness. Plus, there is a giveaway of an herbal dewormer–see details at the end of the post!
Herbal Dewormers for Horses
by Narayan Khalsa
Most horse owners are forced to deal with the seemingly inevitable evil of chemical dewormers. A lot of us have heard of, or even tried, herbal dewormers. While some of these natural dewormers can display limited efficacy, many feel that they are just not effective enough across the board to properly treat all types parasitic infections, especially the more difficult kinds such as strongyles. In this post, it is my intention to show you that indeed, there is an alternative to chemical dewormers that is even more effective than any conventional chemical method.
Chemical dewormers are commonly derived from synthetic aromatic hydrocarbon poisons, while some are synthesized from other pharmaceuticals such as acetaminophen, and many are poisons that are produced by bacteria in the Streptomyces family. There have been legitimate clinical studies that have shown that these chemicals can end up in the brain tissues, as well as other body tissues. These same studies have also shown that they have laundry lists of side effects, ranging from twitches and eye problems, to death. Yes, chemical dewormers have killed horses.
It pains many horse owners’ hearts to have to force feed these pastes to the animals they love. Historically, chemical pastes do show some efficacy when their effects are examined through stool tests. But wouldn’t your rather get the same, or better, results with a totally natural and herbal dewormer?
The line of dewormers from Effective Pet Wellness does just that. Formulated for horses as well as cats and dogs, these herbal dewormers cut right to the chase. Their efficacy is demonstrated when checked through stool samples. Antigen tests also come up totally clean after using these products.
Effective Pet Wellness doesn’t shy away from verification through any western, scientific laboratory-type test. In fact, they encourage you to call the vet out to perform a lab-type test after using their products. All they ask in this case is that you use the right dosage for your animal, for the proper duration.
Often times in difficult cases, a higher dosage is needed, for a few extra days. That is why the team at EPW prefers to work closely with their difficult cases, giving them closely monitored feedback and excellent customer service to ensure that there is complete clearing of these difficult types of infections.
Part of the great benefits of the EPW line of dewormers is that they clear much more than just parasites. Bacteria, spirochetes, viruses, yeasts, molds, mildew– all have been cleared using these formulations. And when combined with EPW’s breakthrough product Clearacell, it has shown great success in clearing both EPM and Lyme Disease.
Additionally, these products have been designed to leave the intestinal culture completely intact. They are powerful; yet they do not harm the delicate balance of the probiotic culture. And they do all of this with no negative side effects!
Some of the benefits of Effective Pet Wellness dewormers:
Not just for the GI tract and intestinal worms, but also for protozoa, bacteria, viruses, fungi, slime molds, yeasts, bots, and mildews;
Do not damage the intestinal probiotic culture;
Made using only 100% organic and wild-crafted herbs;
No side effects; and
Backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Giveaway: Herbal Dewormer by Effective Pet Wellness
The giveaway is for one jar of Equine De-Wormer from Effective Pet Wellness–a $64.95 value! Again, this dewormer is not just for worms, but used to clear protozoa, bacteria, viruses, fungi, slime molds, yeasts, bots, and mildews. (I’m using it for a tough case of white line disease as we speak!)
Effective Pet Wellness has a whole line of organic, herbal products for horses and small animals–be sure to check out their website.
To be eligible to win the giveaway, simply leave a comment under this post telling why you’d like to try an herbal dewormer such as this one. A random winner will be chosen from the comments on Friday, January 17th. (Contest is open to everyone–U.S. and international readers.)