Coccidiosis (Internal Parasite)

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Coccidiosis

(Internal Parasite)


Causes:

  • Caused by a tiny parasite, Eimeria spp., that lives in the cells of the goat’s intestines.

Symptoms:

  • Some loss of appetite and sight.
  • Short-lived diarrhea to severe cases involving great amounts of dark and bloody diarrhea.
  • Straining
  • Loss of weight and appetite.
  • Dull appearance.

Transmission:

  • This disease is most often seen in when goats are crowded into very unclean quarters.
  • Coccidia are species specific and do not pass directly to or from other animals.

Treatment:

  • Several products are used in treatment, including two feed additives and a water additive.
  • The best treatment for the individual goat is a first dose of sulfa drug at 200 mg.kg body weight followed by a half-dose (100 mg/kg) for 4 days.
  • Without good sanitation treatments are ineffective.

Prevention:

  • Keep kids out of feed troughs, and arrange water troughs so that manure will not enter the water.
  • Reduce crowding and stress, and separate the kids from the adult goats.
  • Goats that have been exposed to love levels of coccidian or have been treated and recovered develop a strong immunity.

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