Common problems encountered with goats - Gastrointestinal worms

Gastrointestinal worms are a very common problem associated with sick goats, especially kids and does in late pregnancy or early lactation, with all goats having some degree of parasitism. Goats also share many common worms with sheep and alpacas, and can become infected with some cattle species of roundworm. Animals are infected when eating pasture contaminated with the larval stage of the gastrointestinal worm. After ingestion, the larvae mature into adult worms in the gastrointestinal tract and will start producing eggs. These eggs are passed onto the pasture through the animal’s faeces and mature into the infective larval stage. Figure 1, Roundworm lifecycle in goats. Obtained from http:

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