Parasites

Early detection of intestinal parasites can make a big difference in the health of your goat herd and goats' happiness.

Look for signs of internal parasites, such as:

  • Lethargy in goats. If your goat seems tired or lazy, your goat could be infected.

  • Rougher than normal coat

  • Weight loss

  • Poor appetite or no appetite

  • Diarrhea

  • Anemia

If your goat shows any of the signs above please BRING A FECAL TO YOUR VET:  A fecal will determine what type of worm has infected your goat and then you can give it the proper wormer.  

TESTING and PREVENTATIVES

For NEWBORN KIDS we use an oral medicine called Totrazuril (Baycox) as a preventative.   Starting at 3 weeks of age we give 2 cc of the medicine orally.  We continue to give 2 cc's every 3 weeks for 6 months.  If a kid presents diarrhea or other symptom we use 2 cc of Totrazuril for 3 days straight.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

We used to schedule wormers, but found that the goats became resistant to the 

medicine.  Using the Famacha method we found we treat only those who are

need and they don't build up a resistance.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

For ADULT GOATS we use the Famacha method.  Famacha  is a method of testing to determine the parasite load in a goat.  Basically you will check their inner eye lid and look at the color of it.  The darker the color pink color, the less the parasite load is.  Here is an U-Tube video on how to look at the eye.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7eM283sZbc)