Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Treating Meningeal Worm

It has been five days since I started treating Almond. Today I gave her the last of the morning dewormer. After reading many things on the internet and talking with friends the treatment plan that I started with was 5 days of Safeguard for goats at a dose of 1cc per 7 pounds and 3 days of Equimax at a double-ish dose.

Equimax is a horse dewormer that is a combination of ivermectin/praziquante. Goats have a very fast metabolism so it is important to get a high dose into them so that some actually goes to work. The Equimax tube is like a drench gun, it has notches on it that allows you to set it to the dosage you want. Every other notch is marked for 220 pounds of horse. I was not sure the exact dosage that I should have given some said 3 times the dose while others said 2 times. So the first day I gave 3 times the second day I gave 1 dose and the third day I gave double to dose.

Almond trying to get up
I could have given the 3 doses of Equimax first and then started with the Safeguard, however I had Safeguard at home. What I did was give Safeguard in the morning and Equimax at night.

Here you can see her back legs are not cooperating
She is really trying to stand. This picture gives you a look at the hair loss on her neck.

I have kept detailed notes about what I gave her each day and how she looked. Sometimes when you are in the middle of it all you think you will remember what you did, and you might, but I know that I wont. I wanted to be able to look back in a year or two and know exactly what I did.

And up- you can see that she has not lost any weight. One of the symptoms of Meningeal is loss of appetite we have not see that with Almond which makes us hope that we caught it early enough.


Anonymous said...

Did you have to retreat Almond like you do with other dewormers (ie two weeks later)?

Duskwind Farm said...

I did end up re-treating her. But actually just this week. She was down again, but I don't know that it was because of worms. She is still weak in the back and very, very pregnant. I decided to treat just in case. I did the exact same treatment. She is still not able to stand up on her own, when I do get her up she can stand but her back legs are really weak still.

Laurie Moore, Moore Farms said...

Wondering what your treatment results were? I have a year old wether just started treatment by vet but I am seeing a lot more aggressive treatment online. Any advice you have is appreciated!

Duskwind Farm said...

@ Laurie Moore
I still have the doe and she is doing wonderful. She still has some back leg issues but she is getting stronger. The issue is mainly a limp or as I like to say she walks like she just got off a horse!
The first season after I treated her she stayed in the barn. I worked with her daily. Her favorite treat was prunes (I had read that giving treats like raisins or prunes was good because of the iron), I would take a few and make her follow me going a longer distance every day. Last year she went out to pasture with everyone else. I was a little worried as sometimes she would still fall and we use electric netting and they are moved everyday. She did amazing!

I did use chemical treatment to save her and I think that I would have lost her had I not. However are now only using herbs. After treating her chemically we did use herbs to build her back up. It was amazing to watch. If you are interested in using herb and you are on FB you should check out Totally Natural Goats.

Meningeal worm is a HUGE problem where we are. We have neighbors who have alpaca and they have so many problems with Meningeal. Thankfully we have not had a recurrence.

If you have any other questions please feel free to email me email@duskwindfarm.com

Good luck with your wether!

Anonymous said...

I have a goat that is showing signs of meningeal worms (limping or walking stiffly in hind legs, itching some, but no loss of appetite and still happy and normal), but I don't know if I should treat her. She is a young doeling, not even 6 months yet. I have found no other answer to her symptoms besides meningeal worms. Except, she has never been around deer or any type of pond or lake. But it is a very unusually wet season. Do you think I should try to treat her for it?

Duskwind Farm said...

Almond was not out on pasture and had no contact with deer, she was eating hay that we had bought. So if you are feeding hay she could have gotten the parasite from that. If you are worried you could have her tested by a vet.
Almond is still alive and doing well, she does walk with a swagger, but other than that you would never know. Personally if I thought I had meningeal again I would treat right away.