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Jo Wightman
Username: lexi

Post Number: 81
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 - 7:02 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi I have several gypsy cobs and find heel mites a recurring problem. The horses have been scraped and vet says it is a mite problem so we injected Dectomax (ivermectin????) at 6-8 week interval but they are still there! I have tried lime sulphur and insecticidal shampoo too. A friend recommended a flea spray containing Tetramethrin, permethrin and methoprene - are these ingredients safe in horses as I think it is a dog spray? Thanks
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 24092
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 - 3:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Jo,
Did the veterinarian identify which of the mites you have. Chorioptes tends to be more prevalent on the legs but knowing which type can effect treatment and prognosis.

Dectomax (doramectin) is in the same class of drugs as ivermectin but I don't know of any formulations approved for horses and am uncertain as to efficacy and dosage in equines. See the Mites article for our treatment recommendations.

Concerning use of the flea product, pyrethrins are not always effective against mites however the insect growth regulator methoprene is listed as effective against the larvae and preventing maturation. I wonder if the double whammy applied weekly for 3 to 4 weeks might clean up the problem? So with approval of your veterinarian this may be worth a try before getting out the big guns.
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Username: scooter

Post Number: 5270
Registered: 9-2000
Posted on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009 - 4:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

WOW your vet injected your horse with Dectomax??

We pour our cattle with Dectomax and that stuff works great, would it work better if you actually put it on the legs and wrapped them? of course with vet approval.

I have heard of wrapping with ivermectin and DMSO too, I suppose it depends on the mites as Dr.O. say.
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Anna-Marie (Fame)
Username: npo33901

Post Number: 69
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, Nov 20, 2009 - 10:44 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

May be of interest to you, Jo.

See Diatomaceos Earth Natural Parasite Control.

Hope it will help .

Diane - there is a lot good in it for cattle ..... Do you know it alrready ?
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