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Goat Internal Parasites

What are internal parasites? They are just “WORMS”! Goat producers across the United States are seeing both economic and production losses. Internal parasites are recognized as a prominent goat disease.
Many goats pick up large numbers of internal parasites on pastures if the pastures are not managed properly.

Many goats pick up large numbers of internal parasites on pastures if the pastures are not managed properly.

Goats that become infected may become ill or even die. They may become lethargic, have diarrhea, lose weight or just maintain their weight. Sometimes these signs may go undetected. Internal parasites infect the gastrointestinal tract, liver, lungs, blood system, lymphatic system, and skin.

Every herd in the United States has some parasites. There are several main parasites that invade goats.

When are my pastures most likely to infect my goats with parasites? Do the larvae over-winter? These are just a few questions that you may be asking.

The best way to determine what parasites are infecting your goats is to have your veterinarian check a manure sample. He can then tell what parasites are infecting your goats as well as at what level and what product to use to treat your goats.

Many producers have always used dewormers. Some of the larvae may have become immune to the treatment. So what can you do?

There are few products approved for use in goats. Therefore, you may need to establish a relationship with your veterinarian who can prescribe treatments not listed on a label.