Tapeworms

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Tapeworms

Cestodes


Causes:

  • Tapeworms have what is known as an indirect lifecycle. To become infectious to goats, the eggs need to first be eaten by a mite that lives in the soil or on pasture. These mites are more active throughout the summer months. To complete the life cycle, mites containing tapeworm eggs are eaten by goats.

Symptoms:

Clinical signs usually consist of:

  • Diarrhea
  • Emaciation
  • Poor Appetite and Weight Loss.

Transmission:

  • Tapeworms are transmitted when mites are consumed with forage.

Treatment:

  • Tapeworms can be treated with: Fenbendazole at 15 mg/kg po; Albendazole 10mg/kg; Oxfenbendazole (10 mg/kg); and Oral Niclosamide 50 mglkg.

Prevention:

  • Parasite eggs are deposited on pasture by worm-infected goats. The parasites are then past to the other animals when they consume the infective stage of the parasite. To prevent eggs from infecting pasture and infecting other animals, de-worming is an essential part of management.

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