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Small white thread like worm on goat

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by Our7Wonders, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Jun 23, 2011
    PJisaMom

    PJisaMom Ridin' The Range

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    Is that 7 days from Start of safeguard/onset of problem, or after the three days of Safeguard? And why wait from day 7 to day 21? Not every 10 days? Not arguing a bit... just genuinely curious...


    So... say you did three days of Safeguard... do you orally do Ivomec at the same time/inject it? First day? Third day?

    Just curious!
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    Roll farms

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    7 days and 21 days from the start of the problem.

    Most bugs have a 14-21 day life span.
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    patandchickens

    patandchickens Overrun with beasties

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    1/4" threadlike makes me think pinworms? Googling indicates that goats can indeed get 'em, although it is apparently not all that common and because it is not particularly health-endangering it doesn't seem to get *talked about* much.

    Of course there are probably other internal worms of similar size, just pointing out that pinworms are a possibility (and you *would expect* to see pinworms sometimes crawling around on the outside of the goat, whereas that's not the case for other types)

    Goat pinworms are different from the ones that affect humans and a quick google suggests they're not cross-transmissible although I don't swear to it.

    Pat
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    Our7Wonders

    Our7Wonders Overrun with beasties

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    I've considered pin worms as well. I've never seen 'em before to know what they'd look like for sure - but I think they're also called thread worms - which is a very accurate description of what I saw. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) I didn't see any today. I was prepared to take a sample to the vet, but no go. Regardless, I'm pretty confident that the wormer combo will take care of it, whatever it may be.
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    patandchickens

    patandchickens Overrun with beasties

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    They look like, well, 1/4" threadlike thin worms :p Unfortunately ANY nematode parasite of the same size is going to look basically identical. So you can't rely on appearance to separate them from other similar-size internal parasites.

    Pinworms are a bit better at moving around on surfaces than fully-internal parasites (b/c adult pinworms "go outdoors" once or twice a day to lay eggs around the outside of the animal's anal area) but without a basis for comparison I'm not sure that's a terribly useful bit of info :p

    The best way to learn what pinworms look like is to have them yourself, or in your kids :p Well, when I say "best", I don't really mean "desirable" LOL

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
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    Our7Wonders

    Our7Wonders Overrun with beasties

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    :ep

    I'd rather kill 'em all and not know than volunteer my butt (or my kids' butt) and know for sure. Some things just aren't worth knowing.
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    Mossy Stone Farm Overrun with beasties

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    I think doing the worming as suggested will take care of what ever worms your dealing with, i am like you i'd just want them gone and SOON!!!:sick

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