ivermectin paste for goats

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by key west chick, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. key west chick

    key west chick Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Gainesville, GA
    I know I will get a million different responces but will ask for opinions anyway. I normally worm my nigis with Safeguard for goats, per label instructions. I have noticed that the gums on one is looking a little pale and their coats seem a little rough. I talked to the guy at Southern States and he thinks that they have become resistant to the safeguard and recommended ivermectin. I have heard everything from double the dosage to quadruple the dosage. My goats weigh between 40 and 50 pounds. I bought the paste and now I'm not sure how to figure out how much to squirt out. 1 tube does 1250 pounds. should I dose them all at 100 pounds or 200? Double, triple or quadruple?

  2. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Songster

    Jan 14, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I also switch back and forth between Ivomec and Safeguard.
    My rule of thumb that has served me WELL is double the weight. I live in Iowa and the parasite load isn't like in the south...
    I recieved this information a while a go from a dairy goat farmer in Northern Missouri who has 2000 milking goats! (Figured he must be doing something right if they all looked great)

    Hope this is helpful as I JUST (no kidding) today safeguard wormed my market goats. They have little bands on their boy dangles, and their C&D and Tet. shots too!

    Good luck!
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I was informed, here where I live, to triple the dosage. I have also heard to double it from others not in my area.
  4. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    I have always been told to triple to dose [​IMG]
  5. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Songster

    Jan 14, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I just spoke with a vet and he said that with the safeguard the risk of "over worming" is really small. Ivomec on the other hand is easy to over worm.
    I asked about double vs. triple and he said that double is fine, the manufacture may say triple because they want to sell more medicine.

    Food for thought.

    Everyone has to do what they feel is right for their situation and their farm.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2009
  6. Renegade

    Renegade Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Griffin, GA
    I live in GA and my vet tells me not to bother using ivermectin on goats because it doesn't work anymore. We used my herd to test his theory and for my herd he was correct. I had goats in a control group, another group that we used ivermectin to deworm, a group we used valbazen on, and the last group we used cydectin on. All goats were grazed together and fecals were done every week. As the worm burden increased goats where dewormed with the product for their group. A week later fecals were done. The control group obviously didn't change. The ivermectin group also did not change. The valbazen group had significant change. The cydectin group was clear. We repeated the test with double and triple ivermectin and did not see much change. At the end of the test all goats were dewormed with cydectin and fecals rechecked. All goats were totally clear of eggs.
    This test was done more then two years ago.

    Last edited: Apr 26, 2009
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  7. KareyABohr

    KareyABohr Songster

    Jan 14, 2009
    SE Iowa
    Wow thanks for sharing Donna! Now THAT is the kind of information that keeps me coming back to this awesome website!

    How many and what kind of goats do you raise? I love picking the brains of those with more experience than I.

  8. Livinzoo

    Livinzoo Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Statham, GA
    Doesn't it worry you that you are putting something in your goats mouth that is supposed to be absorbed through the skin. I'm not to sure about it.
  9. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    Ivermectin is used for horses and goats in a paste that is orally given. It is the same medicine as the Ivermectin pour on for cattle, just different strength and dosage.
    Pastes can also be used in dogs but they are not very tasty and usually dogs do better with it in the chewable or liquid form.
  10. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Quote:Ditto [​IMG]

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