Parasite Management Programs for Small Ruminants
Keywords:parasite control programs, small ruminant, anemia, body condition score, fecal exam, fecal egg count, lungworm, strongyles
Implementation of effective parasite control programs in small ruminants requires the ability to monitor live animals for anemia and body condition score. The effectiveness of the program and of the drugs being used can be further monitored by qualitative and quantitative fecal examinations and fecal egg count reduction tests. Additional tests that may be needed occasionally are the Baermann for collection of lungworm larvae from the feces and larval culture to identify the species of strongyles that are present, especially when resistance has developed.