Can anyone tell me for sure if it is safe to give my dog horse dewormer? I think it would have to be Strongid T and I would have to figure the dose. I have it for my horses and always have a bit left over. It's the same active ingredient in Heartgard I am told. My dog is a mixed breed. I was told she is Sharpei and Lab. I mention that because I have heard certain breeds can get sick or die from ivermectin. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
I replied to this person through pm but I did just catch something here, Strongid T is not an ivermectin dewormer it is a pyrantel pamoate based wormer. Not trying to promote canine dosing from an equine paste but some of the equine ivermectin wormers are Zimectrin, IverCare, Equimectrin, Equell and other generic brands.
Your question is confusing. Strongid T is different than Ivermectin. Strongid is used for hookworms and roundworms. Ivermectin is the active ingredient used in Heartgard to prevent heartworms. It is not safe to give collie breeds. They can have severe reactions to it. Ivermectin can also cause neurological side effects if over dosed and can be very serious if overdosed. Make sure that if you decide to buy it from a feed store you check with a vet and get a proper dose for your dog's weight. Most heartworm preventatives on the market also have intestinal dewormers in them. Like heartgard plus, it has strongid (pyrantel) and ivermectin. If your dog is on a monthly preventative check to see if it has a monthly dewormer. If it does you shouldn't need anything additional. Unless you're not doing heartworm prevention year round. Here in Texas its an absolute necessity with our warm climate. The mosquitoes are terrible.
Thought I'd add to Gingerspice's comment though it doesn't apply to the OP...
Ivermectin should not be given to most HERDING breeds. There is a gene mutation called MDR-1 that a number of herding breeds can have that causes a severe sensitivity to Ivermectin as well as a number of other drugs.
Do not trust your vet to know this. My previous vet told me that Heartguard had fixed the dosage in their meds so that breeds like Shelties, Collies, Aussies... wouldn't have a reaction to it any longer... they were clueless... any amount of Ivermectin could potentially kill an MDR-1 affected dog.
It CAN apply to GSD's. If you look at the Washington State U site it lists GSD's as one of the breeds that can have the MDR-1 mutation. I don't think it's found as prominantly in GSD's. Collie's, Shelties, and Aussie's would be the top 3 breeds it affects I believe. But it's worth looking into. You can order the test kits from Washington State and do the test yourself (it's a cheek swab DNA test similar to the DNA profile test AKC uses for frequently used sires). I've just started testing my dogs in the last 6 months.
I've read over the posts here on the Ivermectin and Strongid-T use. One of you mentioned that the combination of the two is more or less the same as giving a Heartgard Plus tablet to the dog. I do give Heartgard Plus and K9 Advantix to my dogs religiously every month. Would that mean i don't have to worry about them getting any worms? I have sheep on the property and the dogs eat the sheep poop. Do you think i should be concerned about the dogs getting worms from the sheep poop eating or should the Heartguard Plus cover that? I always thought Heartgard Plus was only a heartworm prevention.