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The adverse clinical signs to look for when deciding to medicate camelids and small ruminants include:

  • poor body condition
  • failure to grow at a normal rate in young animals
  • weight loss
  • diarrhea

Bio-security is very important in parasite control. You should always keep transient animals away from the resident herd/flock, in particular away from young animals which all have immature immune systems to start. Outside males and females should never be mixed in with your herd/flock. The stress they undergo when moving may cause them to start shedding parasites which will contaminate your property. You should isolate returning show animals or new arrivals for at least two weeks and run fecals on them regardless of past medical history.

Intestinal parasitism can be controlled with careful attention to good management.