What kind of wormer do you use for your goats?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by gumpsgirl, May 1, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    I have two 9 week-old goats that need to be wormed. There are so many options out there and I want to make sure that I do this correctly. What kind of wormer do you use and how often?

    Our local 4-H person told me that I could accurately check to see if my goats had worms by pulling down their bottom eyelid. If it was red or bright pink, then they were fine and worm free. If it was pale or very light pink, then they had worms and need to be wormed A.S.A.P. My goats eyelids are very pale, so they definitely need to be wormed. Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. Faithfarm

    Faithfarm In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2008
    I use safeguard for goats. It is safe for all ages. I use it on my milk does and drink the milk. I also have used Ivermectin paste for a differant wormer but I do not used it on babies, bred does or milking does. I worm every season lots of people worm every 6 weeks. I prefer not to put to much chemical in my goats.
    Faith Farm
  3. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Safeguard is practically useless anymore. Also, that check you were told to do isn't accurate at all...by the time your goat is anemic (ie pale membranes) the worm infestation has done horrific damage.

    We deworm quarterly with Ivermec (either pour on for cattle or injectable given orally). If you use Eprinex, there won't be a milk withdrawl...some people have had goats bald with Eprinex but I haven't yet seen a problem with it.
  4. dfchaser

    dfchaser Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    My vet recommended the injectable Dectomax. She tells me to only use it if needed, so fecals get done, but i have talked to others that use it and they just do it every 3 months, and before kidding.
  5. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    I honestly wouldn't worm them that young. They shouldn't need it if they are drinking mom's milk and you worm the mom.
    But yes, safeguard is pretty useless. [​IMG] We use any of the horse paste wormers, like equimax or whatever they are called, don't remember for sure. [​IMG]
  6. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Ontario Canada
    I highly recommend feeding your animals shredded dried unsweetened coconut (organic is best) on a daily basis as part of a routine to keep worms away. Coconut, esp dried and shredded, is well known as a dewormer for animals and people too! I give it to my chickens on a daily basis (guess what? no parasites or worms), and to my cats and bunny (as coconut milk). They are all as healthy as can be. When we go to Mexico or Caribbean, we load up on shredded coconut to avoid stomach cramps and diarrhea. It works! [​IMG]
  7. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    Quote:Actually, we begin our deworming program on week 4 and by the time they're 8 weeks they've had two dewormings. Mom's milk won't do much to treat the youngsters. On that note - we KNOW we have roundworms in the ground, so we know that we need to stay on top of the dewormings.

    Stella - very interesting. I wonder if it's anything like DE - a good prevention as long as you don't have a problem?
  8. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    I use injectable Ivermec orally. Dosage is 1 cc for every 34 lbs of body weight. I don't use milk for about 30 days after worming just to be on the safe side.
  9. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    Kate, How much ivomec 1% injectable, given orally do you give the babies? What kind of goats are they?
    I have 2 eight week old pygmies that I need to worm before their new owner comes for them. But I'm not sure about the dosage. It's 1cc per 34 lbs...but what about under that weight? I need to weigh them, but they can't weigh more than 12 - 15 pounds each.
    Thanks, Carrie
  10. UnttouchableRose

    UnttouchableRose Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Blountville, TN
    The vet just wormed our goats Monday with Injectable Ivermectrin at 1 cc per 50lbs. I am not too sure on what I get my vets send me a reminder as to when they need to be wormed and I usually just go and pick it up. Our vets have their own rotation they reccomend for goats in our area and I just follow it.

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