Checking for Parasitic Anemia

Parasite Load:  Ask anyone who has spent time with me around my goats, I chronically check their eye membranes.  😛  I’m addicted to checking… I can’t help it.  I check them 2 times a day in my milking does and anytime I spend even a small amount of time with the others.  What am I doing that for?  It can be an indication of parasite load.  If they are dark pink (think watermelon) they are doing great.  If they are pale or white, they may have a dangerous worm load that needs to be addressed yesterday – jump into action IMMEDIATELY!  I feel that this anemia may correlate to a copper deficiency, so take a look at that as well.  Copper deficient animals are more susceptible to heavy parasite loads.  I strongly suggest using fecal testing in addition to the FAMACHA procedure to monitor parasite load in your herd.

Click here to see the FAMACHA chart showing the eye membrane of a goat and the chart.   This link provides online teaching which shows how to correctly check their eye membranes and FAMACHA certification required to buy the card needed to properly perform the FAMACHA technique.

You will need good herbal parasite management, if that is your desire.  This formula is what I use for my herd.

Vitalerbs is a wonderful vitamin/mineral supplement to use to provide the body with the nutrients it needs.