Mites in Feathered Cobs by Fionnuala Keen

It became apparent that the horse I had loaned, Del, had a problem with mites. It got so bad that he was constanly rubbing and scratching and developed sores on his back legs. A friend told me about Dectomax Injection. Dectomax conatins 1% Doramectin and is licenced for use on cattle to control parasites like roundworm or lungworm. Her vet recommended a course of injections for her cob to control the mite population and hence keep the irritation at bay.

I had a word with my vet and we agreed to give it a try. Del had a course of three injections spaced one week apart. I managed to take advantage of the 'Free Call Out Friday' offer that our local vet has in place and just paid for the injections. It was well worth it. My vet also told me to keep Del's feathers clipped and to use LimePlus Equine Dip to control the mite population.

I have been delighted with results. The mite population seem to be under control. The sores have healed and the swelling that affected poor Del's hind legs seems to have subsided (a reaction to the biting mites). Apart from using the LimePlus Equine Dip (rather malodourous) every ten days or so and keeping his feathers clipped all seems well.

If your horse suffers similarly, speak to your vet to see if they recommend a similar course of action. It worked for Del !

This article was published on May 03, 2013.
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