Post by Rose's Goats on May 6, 2011 8:27:47 GMT -5
Coccidiosis is an infestation of the Coccidia parasite. Coccidia are internal parasites that are not worms and can't be killed with deworming medicines. The most common symptom of Coccidiosis is stinky mushy poops (they look like dog poo). The most susceptible animals to Coccidiosis are kids that are between 3 and 12 weeks of age. Pretty much any time a kid of that age has mushy poops, it is because of Coccidiosis. Coccidiosis can also infect older goats and can cause diarrhea and general unthriftyness. In older goats Coccidiosis presents much like a worm infestation.
Coccidiosis must be treated with a sulfa based drug like Di-Methox 12.5% drinking water solution. You give this for 5 days, 2X a day. Give it for the full 5 days in order to kill the outbreak. Look in the "One Click Reference" section under "Medicine Cabinet" for dosing instructions. Anytime you use sulfa based drugs for treatment, be sure to follow each dose 6 hours later with a dose of Probios probiotic paste. This will help to replace any good stomach bacteria that will be killed by the drugs.
Coccidiosis can be prevented to some degree by feeding a medicated goat mineral or goat feed. Rumensin and Decotox (spelling?) are common Coccidiostats. These medicines to do not treat outbreaks of Coccidiosis but they do help to keep the populations of Coccidia lower. I prefer to use a medicated goat mineral in the winter to help with Coccidia outbreaks while my goats are not lactating.
I don't mess around with Cocci. Truth is it is a devestating parasite. Will a mild infestation clear up? Sure it will seem to and then it will be back because they are all in there maturing and spreading. The part you notice, that causes symptoms? That's the last stage of development, there 3 other stages of this lifeform inside your animal growing and reproducing their way to that final blood sucking digestive system destroying form. Sometimes an animals immune system can overcome them sometimes not. Usually there is some damage even if you don't see it right away. You end up with an animal that just can't utilise it's feed as well, that has a tendancy to bloat, that has more trouble with worms, pnemonia, that is simply a poor doer. That's because their intestines are scarred, they just plain don't get all the nutrition out of their food anymore. Alot of times this scarring can happen even without the animal showing any symptoms at all. I personally don't put much faith in remedies that might do something unless I know of people who can prove to me it works. So much of the extra people force down their animals are either doing nothing or causing damage in another area.
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