Deworming your goats on a regular basis is critical to their overall health. Parasites are notorious for causing poor hair coats, low milk production and general lassitude. A regular deworming schedule is critical, especially in cases where goats are penned into a small area, or are in a pasture that has seen regular grazing. Safe-Guard goat dewormer is one of the more successful and gentle, choices for the goat owner.
Know your Dosage
Knowing how much your goat weighs is key to knowing the proper dosage. Before you dose your goat, make sure you weigh it on a scale or with a weight measuring tape. You do not want to underdose or overdose your goat with the wormer. Although it would take a great deal of Safe-Guard dewormer to actually harm your goat, it is economically disadvantageous to overdose your goat. The extra wormer you just used could have been used on another goat, or for another dose at the next worming.
Using a syringe, measure out the amount of dewormer you will be administering to the goat. Place the syringe in a handy place near where you will be administering the dose. Use a chute, a stanchion or your own strength to hold your goat. Hold the goat with her head under your arm and lift her muzzle up. With your free hand, take the syringe and place it as far back in the goat's mouth as you can and squirt the dewormer onto the back of the tongue and down the throat. Massage the throat after giving the dewormer to ensure that the medicine is swallowed.
Effects from Dewormers
In the cases of heavily infested goats, you will see dead worms in the feces within 24 hours. Most worms are too small to see, but if a goat is infested with ascarids, don't be surprised to see these come out en masse. In the cases of goats with heavy parasite loads, the dewormer can actually make them sick as they unload the burden of their parasites. If you suspect your goat has a heavy parasite load, you might want to underdose it slightly and then repeat the dewormer within a week to help get any that were missed on the first go-round.