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If one thing I realized is that your never 100% and you shouldn’t be so confident that you get comfortable and blinded. The old saying is true! If it can, It will! Every spring I have the vet come out and look everybody over, maybe clip hooves of the stubborn ones. It’s so much more cost effective and it keeps me from loading 9 goats, unloading 9 goats. I had a good examination as I do every year however I lost 2 goats 7 months apart.
So, what should you Do? Well when you go feed and water your animals just do a quick look over, how they are standing, how are they walking, look at the fur or feathers, maybe notice the way they are acting. Make and keep good records.
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At least once a week do a little more of a look over, see if they are looking thinner, I take a picture of each goat every Monday and the last Friday Compare them at the last day of the month. This allows you to see 1st picture and last picture and compare, something that you might miss seeing the animal every day. At least each month check goat, equine bovine or swine hooves for splits or punctures. Pull down the lower eye lids, upper eye lids and gums if they are bright pink you are okay light pink keep an eye on it and if it is pale it is anemic, and you need to act fast. If you notice that animal has lost weight have a fecal sample, my vet charges $20.00 per sample and I often get 3 or 4 pellets per goat for like 3 goats. This gives a % estimate parasite load on your goat herd. If you suspect a single goat that is that has lost weight and is anemic than take samples from that goat to see how bad the load is.
Just because the animal is acting fine from experience an animal can die within 24 hours if you are not keeping up with your animals, ALL mammals can be checked for parasites that way. If the animal eyes and gums are pale and has Diarrhea this could be a Coccidia infestation which is a whole different situation and attack plan, in this case I recommend a Fecal sample. Coccidia need to be dealt with aggressively Coccidia is a monster of a parasite you should ALWAYS keep bags of electrolytes on hand or Gatorade anytime they have scours (diarrhea).
1. Pink to Bright Pink – Animal is a normal, healthy animal and not anemic this is a good sign he or she may not be affected by parasites.
2. Light Pink- a pretty good indication of a parasite infestation and a pretty good idea to treat or get fecal samples of goats 3 or 4 pellets per goat up to 3 goats that are showing signs on amimia.
3. Pale – Get fecal sample immediacy your Goat’s life is in immediate danger, Start hitting his system hard we started using a 50/50 mix of Noromectin 1% injection & Cydectin Oral Drench. Now I know the Noromectin says injection, but it was proven to me that mixing 10 ML 50/50 orally to each goat for 3 days. Then wait 10 days and give each goat 10 ML for 1 day.
The mixture really does wipe out the worms in the goat’s system but not the eggs. As soon as the eggs hatch (10th day) you hit each goat with that 10 ML and it kills the eggs that just hatched before they can lay eggs, after you wait to day 10 and not hit them with that dose, then you wasted your time as well as expensive de-wormer. I would have never mixed the 2 together especially with one being labeled as injectable but I see, I saw and I did they bounced back within 24 hours, went to the back pasture with the herd and then to he point where they were butting heads and climbing. But the choice is yours.
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