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Worming question

2013 Views 26 Replies 8 Participants Last post by  Alice In TX/MO
haven't posted in ages and ages, forgive me if I'm missing something obvious. I have 3 goats and one of them keeps scouring. Not too bad, but it's clumpy. I wormed with dectomax and it went away for a few days. A week and half later, I wormed again with pancur, and again stopped and now it's back. I'm looking for Ivomec, with I normally don't use, but as far it's all huge bottles. Argh. Should I worm again? How soon? Can I try one of mine again or should I find ivomec? Made me super nervous to worm again before 30 days. The goat I suspect is having issues, is my favorite old wether. I can't say 100% because I can't catch any of hem in the process of pooing and it's not bad enough yet to see on them. I did give probiotics but I didn't give b yet because mine is from 2012, and tsc was out.

Thoughts on next steps? I can still see pebbling, but I know that anytime it could turn bad.

Ps I use dectomax because at least once a year I someone ends up with lice. I rotate pancur and dectomax.
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I second @jkenn02 . Time to get a fecal so you know what parasite you are/are not up against. Knowing this helps you know what to use to specifically treat the issue. I send fecal samples to mid america (see link). Collect fresh poo, send to them, they tell you what they do/do not have including egg counts. My vet charges an arm & a leg to get the egg counts, but I want them so I go to mid america for much less $$.

If it's coccidia - we use Toltrazuril that we order from horse pre-race. It's a bit pricey but it's a single dose (not like dimethox) and it tastes ok so you don't have to fight with them (unlike dimethox which is horrid).
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I have had one case of barberpole. I treated it with combined wormers. I used Quest (moxidectin) and Valbazen given at the same time at full dosages. Be careful with Quest - it's easy to overdose. We are blessed with a knowledgeable goat vet who said - give a dose of each wormer, tagain in 12 hours and again in 10 days. He suggested for serious infestations another round could be given again in another 10 days. There are risks that killing off the worm can kill off good bacteria - so give probiotics. Also, if anemic due to long term loss of blood, they may also need Red Cell - and getting rid of the anemia can be a slow process.
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