Lessons learned from chemical goat deworming
As usual with goats and worms, the result of my second fecal analysis on Artemesia was a case of good news/bad news.
good news is that the worms that were really overloading her --- thread
worms --- had a 100% kill rate from Safe-guard. I still feel the kid(s)
kicking in her belly on a regular basis too, so hopefully the
supposedly safe dewormer really did have no negative effects on her
The bad news is that the
other species present (possibly twisted stomach worm) wasn't killed at
all, meaning that it's resistant to this common dewormer. In fact, that
species' numbers might have risen slightly after the dewormer reduced
competition for Artemesia's gut space. At 21 eggs in one slide from four
pellets during round two, the other worm's populations are right on the
edge of dangerous...but I'll take a wait-and-see approach there and
test again in a week.
With 20/20 hindsight, here's what I've learned from my first foray into chemical dewormers:
- Identify your worm eggs to species every time you do a fecal exam
and then do your counts by species. I wish I had real data (not just a
gut feeling) on whether or not the second worm species increased in
numbers post deworming.
- Would a probiotic supplement after deworming have prevented the rise of worm species two? I don't know, but it's worth a try.
- Clean out the barn before deworming. I don't want to use the
manure that fell post-deworming in the vegetable garden in the near
future, so I gave our most recent barn cleaning its own composting zone.
The trouble is, I hadn't cleaned out the barn for in a few weeks
beforehand, so I "lost" more organic matter than I would have liked in
Live and learn!
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