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Don’t Forget Pyrantel Equine Dewormers Print

Durvet Pyrantel Paste Horse Dewormer

In the age of “less-is-more” deworming strategies, an often forgotten dewormer choice is pyrantel. Pyrantel belongs to a class of dewormers known as tetrahydropyrimidines. The tetrahydropyrimidines (pyrantel pamoate and pyrantel tartrate) mimic the activity of acetylcholine, a naturally occurring neurotransmitter that initiates muscular contraction. Pyrantel salts induce the same muscle-contracting effect as acetylcholine, but the resulting contraction is irreversible. This results in rigid paralysis, so the worm is unable to feed and quickly starves. Pyrantel has the fastest activity of any of the major deworming classes used in horses.

 

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