Deworming goats

Hello! I have some questions about deworming goats. I checked all of my adult goats eyelids today and 5 out of 6 had pale\light pink eyelids. One of my goats was losing weight and having poop that looked like dog poop. So I picked up some Valbazen…

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 our girls are really getting big now, and showing . they will be due late March early April, we r so excited .  we wanted, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.   will keep u all posted later, bout our girls

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Bought the kids July 2015. Bred Mira January, first travel and goat-sitters March, babies June, learned how to milk, sold babies August, started playing with chevre and cheddar, built cheese press, rigged a sort of cheese cave, expanded goat yard, added more play structures for the goats...

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Old Haunt Blog Announcement!


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"When I say you should strain the sample, I'm talking about something like a milk filter or coffee filter so that there is no debris on the slide. The only thing you should see is eggs, which makes it much easier to count the eggs. 
FYI -- Tammy was saying strongyles, and I was saying roundworms, and they are basically the same thing. Roundworms is a lay term for strongyles. "
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Emma replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"I was actually already planning on getting the McMaster slide! I may even ask the vet for advice on doing fecals when he comes"
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Tammy Gallagher replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"Oh-okay- so basically that just tells you if there are any worms at all present. It does not give you any measurable or quantitative information that can be used for tracking or dewormer effectiveness.
Since you have already invested the money in the supplies, I will highly recommend that you purchase some McMaster slides. You can find them on Amazon or from eggzamin.com. This way you will have valuable information when you do the fecals =)
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Emma replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"I did strain the sample before viewing. I know goats will always have worms, my goat's body condition is showing she is struggling with worms. I used a 28mL flotation to 2Gms feces ratio, I then floated it onto a cover slip. I went up and down the slide and counted how many eggs I saw. Thank you for your reply:)"
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Emma replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"I did use a 28mL to 2 Gm ratio. I then floated it onto a cover slip and went up and down the slide to count the number of eggs. I just wanted to get a rough number of worm eggs. I know she won't be completely worm free, but her body condition is showing that she is struggling. I'll contact the vet and get all my goats looked at. Thanks again:)"
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Tammy Gallagher replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"Hi Emma
I do see strongyle eggs but that does not mean they are specifically Barber Pole eggs. There are actually several different goat worm eggs that look the same under the microscope. The only way to tell them apart is to send a fecal sample into a lab who would hatch them out and then identify the larva. Not all strongyles cause problems for all goats.
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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"There is so much debris and so many bubbles in these photos that they're not really helpful. You need to filter the sample before doing the flotation. 
I don't recall if this has been discussed, but you are not going to get a sample with 0 eggs unless there are mistakes made or it's a bad sample or the eggs have hatched, etc, so the eggs I can see on here does not look like a lot ... but there is so much debris and so many bubbles that I wouldn't confident in making any type of decision based…"
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Emma replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"Good afternoon! I recently acquired everything to perform my own fecals. I did one today on Alice. I spotted 7 cocci and roughly 40 eggs that I think are Barberpole. Alice has been in a dry lot for a month and was wormed with Valbazen. I will get a vet out, I just wanted to clarify what I am seeing."
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