A scheduled program for internal and external parasites is a must for your animal’s health. Whether you have a herd of goats, a few sheep you raise for wool or a horse that you ride on the weekends, you can find information about parasite control by Googling ‘internal and external parasites in…’, then add the animal; ‘goats’, ‘dogs’, ‘horses’, etc.
For internal parasites, worms are the most common and for external parasites we are concerned with creepy crawlers like fleas, ticks and mites. The best source of local information is your veterinarian who can make you aware of the local parasites your animal may be exposed to and can help set up a control program. Programs vary from region to region so if you are moving to a new area, contact a veterinarian in that area to start on a program specific for the new location.
If you have not yet established a parasite control program for your animals the best time to start is NOW! If you have a program follow it rigidly so parasite re-infestations are controlled. If you notice an unexpected weight loss, rubbing, scratching, energy loss or parasites on your animal or in their feces, contact your veterinarian and review/update the control program. Avoid ‘home remedies’ as the remedy may cause damage to the animal’s skin or digestive track. Follow the use directions on all products and only use it for the animal it is made for. Inspect your animals frequently for parasites.
Animals look and perform better when they are on a program to control parasites. This is especially important for young animals and those nursing babies as their nutrient needs are greater per unit of food. Parasite-free animals digest their food better which helps young animals grow faster and reduces the amount of food required for older animals to maintain proper body weight. They are more alert and active. Hubbard® Life offers products for a wide variety of animals. It is formulated to optimize your animal’s nutritional needs and health. You can learn more at www.hubbardlife.com.
Posted on 5/10/2016 by Dr. Dave Whittington |
Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty