Will ivermectin kill gapeworm?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by buckabucka, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three questions: Will Ivermectin pour-on kill gapeworm and/or mites?
    How long will it take to see results?
    For most parasites, I should re-dose with Ivermectin in 10 days? (I've never used it before).

    If you want to read the whole long drawn-out story that brought me to these questions, you can read below:

    Our 2 year old hen has been sick for 6 days.
    Totally listless, does not like to open eyes, will not eat (occasionally will drink), shakes head, occasionally gapes and/or breathes through mouth.

    I thought she was dying and anemic from being covered in mites (which we did not discover until she became sick), but I wondered about gapeworm.

    Yesterday, she would not even drink, and I decide to treat with Ivermectin pour-on, as I read it would take care of mites, as well as gapeworm. We forced some fluids as well.
    About six hours after treatment, she had a resurgence and started eating and drinking on her own, even walking around looking alert, and then she crashed ( we bring her in the house in a cage at night). This morning, she will not eat again, and is gaping a lot.

    After a bunch of reading, I see I can test for gapeworm with a swab, which I would like to do when I have a helper here. I'm also getting a lot of conflicting information. One person says that Ivermectin does not kill mites or gapeworm, others say it does. I read fenbendazole kills gapeworm, but even if I confirm diagnosis, I shouldn't treat with 2 drugs on an almost dead hen, correct?
     
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  3. buckabucka

    buckabucka Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, dawg!
     

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