Post Number: 1201
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|Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2006 - 05:17 pm: |
Deerworm infection is pretty rare. Deerworm don't usually cause diarrhea or anemia. They often cause a very itchy sore that runs vertically any where on the goats side or neck, this is the larva migrating along a nerve to find the spinal cord. Once it enters a goat's spine it kinda gets lost as it is not in its proper host (whitetail deer). In its wandering it damages the spinal cord causing paralysis. Both deer and goats get the deerworm by accidentally eating a small snail that is the intermediate host. Fencing goats away from snail habitat (wet marshy areas, stream and pond sides) will go a long way toward preventing deerworm infection in goats.
Most of the time treating a goat with deerworm once they are down is pretty useless, the damage has been done. But you can try giving ivermectin injectable for cattle, this time you DO inject it IM or SQ at 3 times the cattle dose by weight for 2 to 3 days, then give Safeguard at 5 times the cattle dose by weight for 5 days. Giving dexamethazone (a steroid) may help with inflammation in the spinal cord. Daily therapy, getting the goat up in a sling or over a bale of hay 4 to 5 times a day and exercising and massaging the legs is vital to try to keep the muscles and tendons from permanently atrophying. You can prevent most deerworm problems by deworming with ivermectin every month or so but then you make resistant parasites.
If you have the body you can have a necropsy done. Most state labs do it for free or a nominal cost for livestock owners.
Goat 911 Capri Medic