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Lungworm Dictyocaulus Arnfieldi
Lungworm is primarily found in donkeys, and horses are typically only affected if they graze alongside the donkeys.
Up to 8cm long, slender thread like worms
Location In Horse
They are found in the lungs
Lungworm is difficult to diagnose and can cause respiratory problems.
Donkeys rarely show any symptoms but act as a ‘carrier host’ to the lungworm. Horses will be infected from donkeys but once infected the life cycle can continue without the presence of a donkey.
The only way to treat lungworm is with anthelmintics (wormers) containing any of the chemicals ivermectin, moxidectin or benzimidazole. These chemicals will remove both the migrating larvae and adult worms.