Does Your Goat Have Worms?

Parasites are an ongoing battle when you are raising goats. Proper management is the most effective and cost efficient strategy. Anthelmintics are expensive use them effectively. Use the following tips to maximize the performance of your worming program. Below are some examples of signs of parasite problems. By the time goats are at this stage, they have a major life threatening infestation and need to be treated at once. If you have an ongoing problem, your parasite management program needs to be examined.

Bottle Jaw Bottle Jaw
Bottle Jaw - These goats are anemic and exhibit bottle jaw. The edema (swelling) is caused by being severely anemic. By the time a goat gets to this point he/she needs to be treated promptly. Parasites do kill goats. Compare these pictures with the normal jaws bellow.

Normal Jaw Normal Jaw 2

Normal Jaw Line - Compare the differnce of these two does and the photos above. The boer doe kid on the right has a lot of loose skin under her neck, this is common in boers and is not related to bottle jaw.

These does are showing signs of anemia.
Pale Eyes Pale Gums Anemic

COLOR VS. ANEMIC - Compare the differences in the eyelids, gums, and coloring around the tail and udders between the anemic goat above, and the healthy goat bellow. These are your first signs of parasite problems.
Healthy goats - look at the bright pink pigmentation of the skin.
Good Eyes Pink Gums Not Anemic

Pictures courtesy of Holly Jentsch of C&H Livestock, Gause, Texas owner Goat & Sheep Ranchers email list.

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