Ivermectin is a medication given to goats to treat internal parasites. Learn the correct Ivermectin dosage for goats & how to give the medication correctly.
Parasites are one of the biggest problems for all goat owners. Goats are especially susceptible to internal parasites, stomach worms being one of the most common.
Internal parasites, or worms, can cause so many problems in your goat herd, such as: weight loss, unthriftiness, anemia, lethargy and even death.
One of the most common dewormers used in goats is Ivermectin.
Ivermectin is considered a “clear” dewormer. And is often the dewormer of choice in many areas, as it is still very effective at killing parasites.
Uses for Ivermectin in Goats
Ivermectin is used to treat internal parasites in goats. Parasites include:
- Barber pole worm
- Stomach worms
You should use a product labeled 1% Ivermectin Injectable ( usually labeled for cattle). It is used extra-label for goats.
Ivermectin Dosage for Goats and Kids
Even though Ivermectin is labeled as an injectable, it is given to goats ORALLY.
This is because goats have a much faster metabolism.
The Ivomec dosage for goats is 1 cc per 34 lbs of live weight.
It’s important to dose your goats correctly. You should use a livestock scale or a goat weight tape to get an accurate weight before treating with Ivermectin.
This is an injectable product that you give your goats orally.
Using a syringe with a needle, pull out the correct amount of the product, then remove the needle from the syringe and drench your goat.
Ivermectin Withdrawal Times
Ivermectin is a chemical product, so if you are using it in a food-producing goat you need to take care before human consumption.
When raising animals for human consumption, prevention is always best. It will keep your food cleaner and you won’t have to worry about ingesting chemicals.
You can also use herbs or essential oils to help prevent and treat internal parasites before the infestation grows too big.
Using Ivermectin in Milking Goats
Since ivermectin usage in goats is extra-label use there is no official milk withdrawal time.
I personally use a withdrawal time of 7 days with my milking goats, but I try my hardest to not have to use a chemical product at all with my milking does and only use Ivomec as a final resort.
Using Ivermectin in Meat Goats
Again, since it is an extra-label use for goats, there is no official withdrawal time.
But the generally accepted meat withdrawal time is 14 days. (source)
Tips for Using Ivermectin and Other Dewormers in Goats
More and more parasites are becoming immune to the dewormers we have available. This means that we need to be extra careful about how and when we use these products in our animals.
Here are some tips for using chemical dewormers in your herd:
- Only deworm when necessary. Don’t worm on a schedule, but on an as needed basis.
- Make sure you give the correct dosage. Underdosing can lead to more problems with immunity.
- Stick with one medication. Choose one that works and then use it until it is no longer effective. Using multiple products can potentially lead to immunity against all dewormers.
- Use prevention techniques to keep your animals health. Don’t crowd your goats, keep their barns clean, rotate pastures if you can, and keep feed and hay off the ground.
Remember that proper nutrition goes a long way in keeping your goats healthy.
Other Names for Ivermectin
Ivermectin is the name of the drug, but it is sold under many other brand, and off-brand, names. Such as:
All of these products are the same as long as the label reads that it contains Ivermectin 1% solution.
Tired of looking up your goat dosages? The Busy Homesteader’s Goat Management Binder has a cheat sheet of dosages for wormers, antibiotics, supplements, and other medications.
Plus you get treatment plans for common illnesses and learn how to do your own fecal examinations, so you can be sure you’re treating the correct parasite with the correct medication!
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