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Parasites Challenging Small Ruminants, Inside and Out

It has been a difficult parasite year for sheep and goats. We have treated suckling babies dying from overwhelming lice infestation or severe internal parasite issues. We are also seeing tick infestations (especially clustered around the horns), fly irritation, mite-associated dermatitis and anemia associated with barberpole or whipworm infestation.

Pour-on insecticides are available over-the-counter to address most external parasite issues. For internal parasite issues, be sure to work with your veterinarian to formulate a plan for screening, diagnostics and treatment so that problems are identified and dealt with effectively. FAMACHA scoring and fecal egg counts are two very important tools in managing internal parasites in sheep and goats.

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