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According to Fias Co Farm, symptoms of worms in your goat can include pale gums, diarrhea or clumpy stools, decreased milk production, loss of appetite, listlessness, dehydration, swelling under the jaw, abnormal temperature (low or slightly high) and chronic dry cough. Herbal and homeopathic wormers are safer to use than chemicals, particularly in the case of pregnant goats.
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Herbal wormers may include ingredients such as wormwood, garlic, black walnut, fennel, stevia, cucurbita pepo, mugwort, hyssop and thyme, according to Fias Co Farm. Some also contain psyllium which is a natural laxative. The herbs used in these formulas boost the goat’s immune system and are offensive to worms. Herbal treatments that include wormwood should never be administered to pregnant goats. Herbal formulas are administered weekly, at a dosage based on the weight of the goat. Fias Co Farm offers two different formulas.
Fias Co Farm Molly's Herbals 4659 Seneca Drive Okemos, MI 48864 fiascofarm.com
Woodland Natural Remedies
According to Woodland Natural Remedies, homeopathic treatments are safe with other medications as well as during lactation and pregnancy. They contain ingredients such as Artemisia, abrotanum, anthelminticum, chenopodium, Artemisia cina, cucurbita pepo, filix mas, china rubra, teucrium marum, naphthalinum and spigelia anthelmia. This type of remedy is administered by drops or mist into the goat’s mouth (or the vulva of a female), two or three times daily for a 10 day period. It should be repeated every two to three months. For multiple goats, the solution can be mixed into the water trough.
Woodland Natural Remedies A Division of Salamon Enterprises Inc. R.R. 7 Tillsonburg Ontario Canada N4G 4H1 (519) 765-4708 woodlandnaturalremedies.com
Hoegger Goat Supply
Hoegger Goat Supply, in addition to chemical formulas for worming goats, offers an herbal wormer that is safe, even for pregnant and lactating goats. It is non-toxic and contains all natural herbs including wormwood, fennel, psyllium, quassia and gentian. It is administered twice daily for three days, then once weekly to adult goats in a 1 1/2 tsp. dose. For kids older than 2 months, the dose is 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. It is available in a variety of sizes ranging from 1/2 lb. to 10 lb. sizes.
Hoegger Supply Company 160 Providence Road Fayetteville, GA 30215 (800) 221-4628 hoeggergoatsupply.com
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