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Parasites: Quick Check

Parasites: Quick Check

Probably about 85% of all goat health problems are rooted in worms. Goats are extremely susceptible to worms and will actually die if a successful worming program is not in place.  Symptoms include sluggishness, loss of appetite, scours (diarrhea),  drop in milk production, and many others.  In fact, any time a goat seems off, the first thing we check for is worms.  Right now you should be proactively watching for worms.  Heading it off at the pass is much better that nursing a goat back to health (or burying it).


Worms and other species of parasites, such as coccidian protozoa, invade the body, consume the vital oxygen-carrying red blood cells, wound tissue and excrete cancer-causing waste.  Sick goats are often misdiagnosed and incorrectly treated for other diseases when a worm infestation has played the key causative role.  A worm infestation can seriously impact the overall health of your goats.  Although normally thought of in terms of the stomach and intestines as being the primary sites for these uninvited guests, parasites can also be found in the liver, muscles, joints, esophagus, brain, spinal column, blood, skin and even in the eyes.


Quick Check:


Nothing is as good as sending a stool sample to the vet but the best quick check is to pull out the lower eyelid and check its color (FAMACHA).  Worms cause anemia (low red blood cell count).  You want to see a nice, rich salmon color.  If it is pale pink, or white, your goat most likely has worms.




Worm your goat.  If you use a chemical wormer, make sure that do a second dosing 11 days later to kill the larva and eggs (now adult worms) that were missed during the first dose.  Additionally, you will want to provide a course of probiotics to restore the natural balance to their digestive tract, and start an iron supplement, either orally (for example, red cell) or by injection.  Without the iron supplement it takes a very long time for the goat to rebuild its red blood count.  If you have Bovi Sera or Goat Serum, go ahead and give a 10cc sub-q injection.  This will help strengthen the goat’s compromised immune system and possibly head off any additional ailment that is waiting to piggyback on the opportunity created by the worms.


Please remember, if you use chemical wormers, rotate what you use so that the worms don’t build up immunity.  The three most commonly used chemicals are those in the generic families of ivermectin, albendazole, and morentel tartrate.  These three generics are sold under many different brand names but close inspection of labels will disclose that each of these different brands is one of these three basic chemical families.


Speaking from our own experience of 76 years of goat keeping and that of our customers, the Hoegger Worm Compound has been used with great success.  When used as directed, this alternatives to chemical drugs have proven to:


  • Maintain a safe, effective level of natural paraside to which parasites never become resistant
  • Can be safely administered to pregnant does use no harmful effects to unborn kids or young ones.
  • No wasted milk dump for dairy goats or market delay for meat goats.
  • Hoegger Worm Compound is easy to administer and very economical to use.


An independent report that was featured in a leading goat publication some years ago showed these natural products to be more effective than the commonly used ivermec drug.


Don’t take chances with this critical aspect of sound goat keeping practice. Using Hoegger wormer is a safe, effective, economical alternative to chemical products.  For happy, healthy goats, why not start today?


Iron Supplement Paste

Ferrodex (injectable iron)

Probios Plus E Gel

Bovi Sera

Hoegger Herbal Worm Compound

Chemical dewormers


Links: – Controlling goat parasites – is it a losing battle?

Merck Veterinary Manual – Gastrointestinal Parasites of Sheep and Goats

Cornell – Goat Parasites: Management and Control

Hoegger Farmyard – Blood sucking parasites in your goat’s stomach!

Hoegger Farmyard – Goat vs Barberpole: Don’t let the worms win