Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Nematode Gastroenteritis

Caprine Nematodiasis

Nematode gastroenteritis is an infection of the goat's gastrointestinal tract, caused by infestation with a nematode parasites. There are a large number of different nematode parasites that are associated with infestation of the goats gastrointestinal system. They are a significant problem in goats worldwide, and its occurrence depends on a complex interrelationship of parasite, host, and environmental factors. Young, grazing animals are most frequently affected, particularly after weaning.


Gradual, progressive loss of condition
Dull attitude
Loss of appetite
Diarrhea with mucus
Weight loss
Poor growth
Staining of the coat near the tail
Pot-bellied appearance
Poor body condition
Abdominal pain


  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Fecal exam
  • Anedima

Treatment Options

Treatment TypeDetails
Supportive careKeep in quiet, confined area with good-quality hay of high protein content
Anthelmintic therapy (dewormers)Needed to eliminate existing infestations of nematodes


  • Conduct regular fecal testing for parasites
  • Regularly deworm herd


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