Broadspectrum roundworm, tapeworm and bot remedy for horses of all ages, including pregnant mares
Directions for use :
Use only as directed.
Equimax™ is administered orally by means of a disposable syringe at a dose rate of 200 μg of ivermectin and 1,5 mg of praziquantel per kg of body mass (1,07 g of oral paste per 100 kg body weight). Each mass marking on the syringe plunger delivers enough paste to treat 100 kg body mass.
Equimax™ broad-spectrum parasiticide for horses provides effective control for all major worms of horses including:
Strongylus vulgaris (adult and arterial larvae) – blood-worm
Strongylus edentatus (adults and encysted larvae/tissue stage)
Strongylus equinus (adult)
Cyathostomum spp. (adults and 4th-stage larvae)
Cylicocyclus spp. (adults and 4th-stage larvae)
Cylicostephanus spp. (adults and 4th-stage larvae)
Cylicodontophorus spp. (adults and 4th-stage larvae)
Gyalocephalus spp. (adults and 4th-stage larvae)
Parascaris equorum (adults and 3rd- and 4th-stage larvae)
Oxyuris equi (adults and 3rd- and 4th-stage larvae)
Trichostrongylus axei (adults)
Strongyloides westeri (adults)
Habronema muscae (adults) Draschia spp. (3rd-stage larvae)
Dictyocaulus arnfieldi (adults and 4th-stage larvae)
Gasterophilus spp. (oral and gastric stages) Equimax™ is also effective for the control of skin lesions caused by Habronema spp. and Draschia spp. cutaneous larvae (summer sores) and Onchocerca spp. microfilariae (cutaneous onchocerciasis).
Insert syringe in the gap between the front and back teeth and deliver paste onto the back of the tongue. Immediately raise the horse’s head for a few seconds after dosing to ensure swallowing of the paste. Before administration, ensure that the horse does not have food in its mouth. Body mass of horse should be determined accurately to maximise the use of the paste.
Suggested worm control programme :
All horses should be included in a regular worm control programme.
Mares: Regular dosing at 6-8 week intervals on pastures during summer and autumn is recommended.
Stallions: Treat at least twice a year.
Foals: Regular strategic treatment at 6-8 week intervals, commencing at approximately two months of age, is recommended.
Bots: Bot fly activity increases in the late spring and usually peaks in the autumn with a consequent accumulation of stomach bot carried in the winter. Treatment against bots attached to the stomach wall is essential to remove established burdens in the autumn and winter.
Consult your veterinarian for a worm control programme. Horses of all ages, including pregnant mares, breeding stallions and foals can be treated with no adverse effects.
Disposable syringe containing 7,49 g paste, to treat 700 kg horse.
Storage instructions :
Store in a cool dry place.
South Africa: G3546 (Act 36/1947)
EQUIMAX can be safely used in breeding stallions at any time without adversely affecting their fertility.
EQUIMAX is registered for use in horses which means it may be safely used in horses. The use of this product in any other species would be considered “off label use”. Products should not be used outside of their registered label claims without first consulting a veterinarian (if at all). Variation in metabolisms between different species mean that dose rates can vary quite widely and that some species may be far more sensitive than others making products dangerous or even potentially fatal to those animals. It is for this reason that “off label use" should only be conducted under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Most people underestimate their horse’s weight by as much as 20%. Underestimating a horse’s weight can lead to underdosing. Giving a horse less than the required dose of wormer can leave them at risk of worm-related disease as potentially worms will be left untreated within the horse. Underdosing can also encourage the development of resistance in your horses by exposing the worms to sub-lethal doses of wormer. It is therefore vitally important to correctly estimate your horses’ weight when deciding on the correct dose of wormer to give them. It is in fact preferable to give horses a slight overdose rather than an underdose. There are several methods for finding out a horse’s weight, the most accurate obviously being a set of scales. As most horse owners to not have easy access to horse scales, there are several other methods that horse owners can use to get a good estimate of their horses’ weight. The use of the weight estimation formula will give a reasonably good estimation of most horses’ weight. The formula is:
Another method that can be used to estimate weight is by using one of the commercially available weight tapes. Unfortunately, some of these tapes are far more accurate than others so it is a good idea to calibrate the tape using the formula first to check that it is measuring accurately. Weight tapes are also not suitable to use in immature horses as they have a different body composition to older animals.
Yes EQUIMAX can be used in mares at all stages of pregnancy. Pregnant mares should be treated as normal during their pregnancy taking care not to stress them during treatment. Mares should be wormed two weeks prior to their expected foaling date. Once a mare has foaled, the mare and foal should both be wormed with first foal worming at twelve weeks of age and subsequently every eight weeks so that large burdens are not allowed to develop.
Once a mare has foaled the mare and foal should both be wormed with the first foal worming recommended at twelve weeks of age. Young horses need to be treated differently to older horses because they are at risk of mectin resistant ascarids. Ascarids appear to be the worm developing resistance to mectins. Generally ascarids are not found in horses over two years of age as horses seem to develop a natural immunity to these worms as they mature. To protect young horses from potential mectin resistance, it is recommended that a combination product registered to treat mectin resistant ascarids, such as EQUIMAX® ELEVATION or STRATEGY-T®, be used. Young horses should be wormed with STRATEGY-T in spring and summer and EQUIMAX ELEVATION in autumn and winter until they are two years old. Faecal egg count (FEC) testing is recommended once they become a yearling to understand their parasite burden and then worm based on results.
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Autumn and spring will always be key times to worm all horses. Worm all adult horses once in Spring with STRATEGY-T® and once in Autumn with EQUIMAX® or EQUIMAX® ELEVATION. It makes sense to target mectin wormers in the cooler months when bots and small stronglyes are more active inside the horse. Using non-mectin chemicals is typically suited to the warmer months although if summer sores are a problem a mectin product will be needed.