- Caused by a tiny parasite, Eimeria spp., that lives in the cells of the goat’s intestines.
- Some loss of appetite and sight.
- Short-lived diarrhea to severe cases involving great amounts of dark and bloody diarrhea.
- Loss of weight and appetite.
- Dull appearance.
- This disease is most often seen in when goats are crowded into very unclean quarters.
- Coccidia are species specific and do not pass directly to or from other animals.
- Several products are used in treatment, including two feed additives and a water additive.
- The best treatment for the individual goat is a first dose of sulfa drug at 200 mg.kg body weight followed by a half-dose (100 mg/kg) for 4 days.
- Without good sanitation treatments are ineffective.
- Keep kids out of feed troughs, and arrange water troughs so that manure will not enter the water.
- Reduce crowding and stress, and separate the kids from the adult goats.
- Goats that have been exposed to love levels of coccidian or have been treated and recovered develop a strong immunity.
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