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Re: Re: Re: Thanks for the info!

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Posted by Tom A on November 19, 2003 at 05:37:46 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: Thanks for the info! posted by Sarah on November 18, 2003 at 17:24:04:

She died from menningal worm. This is a parasite that normally infests whitetail deer without harming them, but occasionally jumps species into goats and sheep and can kill them.

First symptom I noticed was she just didn't seem "quite right"...not herself, but I can't be more specific than that. Next symptom is weakness in the hindquarters, but starts very gradually and gets more pronounced as time goes on. Had a second doe get it 6 months later, and we caught it early simply because of our experience with it the first time. Vet treated her, and (knock wood) she recovered without any apparent permanent damage.

The worms basically crawl/eat their way up the goat/sheep spinal cord. As the worm grows, it causes more and more problems, and eventually death. Was fairly rare, but apparently has become more common at least in our area, due in large part to the wet weather we've been having (it is carried by slugs and snails in the pasture.). Now there is a fair amount of info on the web about it.

Good luck...just one more thing to worry about, eh?
Tom A

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