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goatnovice

  • Joined Aug 2017
Worming goats with panacur
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:39:33 am »
Hi there

I'm about to do a worm count on my 2 goats for the first time (via post Westgate labs). I have some panacur to worm them if it turns out to be necessary.

Can anyone give me some guidance on working out the dosage? I know that's a tricky question with goats as nothing is licensed but it would be great to know how to work it out.

Thanks very much
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bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Worming goats with panacur
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2019, 12:11:42 pm »
Its really best to get that sort of advice from your vets. There aren't any wormers licenced for goats so legally they can only be used under the direction of a vet. That aside, my vets usually advise a double dose.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Worming goats with panacur
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2019, 04:16:56 pm »
Don't use Panacur, there is lots of resistance to it. Definitely best to check with your vets as said none licensed (except for Eprizero, but that's a pour-on) and so you would need to buy it from them anyway. A sheep wormer is most appropriate, but you need to know what species of worms you have for the right one. Most oral sheep wormers (drenches) need to be given to goats at 1.5 or twice the sheep dose

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Worming goats with panacur
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2019, 04:36:54 pm »
As others have said, you can only legally use drugs not licensed for the species on prescription/under instruction from the vet.  As you also have a legal obligation to record the administration in your holding register, it quickly becomes obvious on inspection if you have broken the law, unless you exacerbate the original offence by also failing to record it... which will raise questions over animal welfare and, if the animal or it's produce is to be consumed at any point, the safety of the food in question.

Pour ons are discouraged by the specialist goat vets as being substantially ineffective and high contributors to development of resistance so best to avoid those too if possible.

FECs will tell you what needs treating, and the best way forward from that is to talk to your vet about which drug or drugs in combination are most likely to address whatever problem you have.  This can be location specific as some holdings/areas may have known resistance issues.

Don't guess the dosage - if you get it wrong you could either increase the problem of resistance or land up with dead livestock!

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goatnovice

  • Joined Aug 2017
Re: Worming goats with panacur
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2019, 09:19:46 am »
Thanks. Great advice everyone.

 

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