How to Deal With Internal Parasites in Livestock

An experienced veterinarian describes what homesteaders can do to keep internal parasites out of their livestock.



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Tapeworms (Taenia and Dipylidium) are the largest internal parasites.
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You need to identify internal parasites before eliminating them. A vet can use this solution to separate parasite eggs from fecal matter, then examine those eggs under a microscope and prescribe the appropriate treatment.  
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Whipworms arc parasites found in many barnyard beasts. 
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Whipworm (Trichurus) egg as seen under the veterinarian's microscope.
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Roundworms (Ascarids) are among the most common parasites, and are sometimes passed in manure. If your dog or cat has ever had worms, these pests were probably the culprits.   
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Strongyle (a common intestinal parasite) eggs revealed by the solution test and magnified 100 times!
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In this section of a badly infested horse's stomach, the brown dots are parasites called "bots."
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These tiny pinworms (Oxyuris) are often the cause of low vitality in horses.
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Liver flukes (Fasciola and Fascioloides) infest sheep, goals, and cattle.   
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When a manure test turns up parasite eggs in heavy concentrations, it usually indicates a severe infestation. 
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