Medicine Cabinet & First Aid

Medicine Cabinet & First Aid

As with any product, consult your veterinarian before using these products.
Always use the products according to their labels unless
you have been advised otherwise by your veterinarian. 

I am not a Veterinarian.



Albendazole (Albenza or Valbazen)  10 mg/kg for all worms except tapes, which required 20mg/kg.

Fenbendazole (Panacur or Safe-Guard) 10-50mg/kg by mouth once, repeat in 10 days or once daily for 3-5 days.  Or 125mg/Liter of drinking water for 5 days. Do not use during molt.

Ivermectin (Ivomec) 200 mcg/kg (0.2mg/kg) orally, repeat in 10-14 days. This is calculated out to be 0.1ml/11 lbs or 0.01ml/lb. You can alternatively dilute 1ml of Ivermectin into 10mls of propylene glycol and then give 1ml/11 lbs or 0.1ml/lb. You need a tuberculin (1ml) syringe for this dosing. 

Levamisole (Levasole or Tramisol) Using 13.65% injectable: 5-15ml/gallon drinking water for 1-3 days, repeat in 10 days. Or 18-36mg/kg by mouth.

Oxfendazole  (Synanthic) 10mg/kg

Metronidazole 250mg tablets (Fish Zole) 50mg/kg by mouth once daily for 5 days.

Amprolium (Corid) liquid form (9.6% solution) 2ml/gallon of water for 5 days. 

Corid 20% Soluble Powder 4 oz/50 gal water (treatment) 4 oz/100 gal water (prevention) or 1.5 tablespoons per gallon for treatment and 1 tablespoon per gallon for prevention. 


Tylosin (Tylan) 50mg/ml 10-40mg/kg IM twice daily for 3-5 days. Injectable can be given off label orally at a dose of 35mg/kg once daily for 3-5 days.
-- a 1lb bantam would be 0.3cc
-- a 2lb bantam would be 0.6cc
-- a 4lb standard would be 1.3cc
-- a 5lb standard would be 1.6cc
-- a 10lb young turkey would be 3.2cc
-- a 15lb turkey would be 4.8cc
-- a 20lb turkey would be 6.4cc
-- a 25lb turkey would be 8.0cc

Tetracycline HCL (Duramycin 10) For upper respiratory infections.  Administer in drinking water for 5-10 days. Prepare fresh solution 2-3 times daily, as potency is rapidly lost. 
To make 1 gallon:  
400mg dose = 1/2 Tbsp (1oz) per gallon of water
800mg dose = 1 Tbsp (2oz) per gallon of water
Do not slaughter birds within 4 days of treatment. Not for use in turkeys or chickens producing eggs for human consumption. Do not use for more than 14 consecutive days.

Oxytetracycline (Terramycin, Duramycin 72-200, Liquamycin LA200)  Using the 200mg/ml product, give 50mg/kg IM once every 3-5 days in birds suspected or confirmed of having chlamydiosis (Psittacosis). Use in conjunction with other forms of tetracyclines.  IM injection may cause severe local tissue reactions. Use in conjunction with oral tetracyclines (Duramycin 10) with suspected cases of mycoplasma infections (M.G. and M.S.). 



Fenbendazole, Panacur®, Safeguard® 
- labeled for goats at 5 mg/kg but 10 mg/kg correct dose for strongyles
- use by veterinary prescription.
- approved for dairy cows with zero milk withdrawal
Spectrum - abomasal and intestinal strongyles, lungworms, tapeworms 
Dose - higher than sheep and cattle; at least 7.5 mg/kg; commonly use 10 mg/kg, 15
mg/kg for tapeworms 
Route - oral 
Withdrawal - milk recommendation 96 hours at 10 mg/kg based on goat studies; meat at
least 8 days based on label for cattle. 

Albendazole, Valbazen®
- not approved for goats, is labeled for sheep at 7.5 mg/kg
Spectrum - abomasal and intestinal strongyles, flukes, tapeworms, lungworms
Dose -15 mg/kg
Route - oral
Withdrawal - meat 7 days (sheep label), not to be used in dairy animals

Morantel, Rumatel®
- approved and labeled for lactating dairy goats 
Spectrum - abomasal and intestinal strongyles; not absorbed.
Dose - added to feed, same dose per pound as for cattle (0.44 grams per 100lbs) 
Route - oral 
Withdrawal - milk zero; meat 14 days

Levamisole, Levasole®, Prohibit®
- not approved for goats, is labeled for sheep 
- reputation for causing abortion 
- causes frothing, muscle quivering in some goats even at normal dose.
Spectrum - abomasal and intestinal strongyles, large lungworms 
Dose - 8 to12 mg/kg . DO NOT overdose - toxicity common.
Route - oral (some use cattle injectable but greater risk of toxicity) 
Withdrawal - milk not known, not approved for dairy cows;
meat at least 3 days based on sheep oral label, at least 7 days based on cattle injectable

Ivermectin, Ivomec®  
- not approved for goats, is labeled for sheep and cattle 
- use with veterinary prescription 
- injectable product stings and should not be used, to avoid selecting for resistant worms.
Spectrum - abomasal and intestinal strongyles, lungworms, biting lice (not tapeworms,
flukes or biting lice).
Dose - routinely double that for cattle, sheep, horses; total resistance common in goats in Texas.
Route - oral (sheep drench, horse paste); pour-on (cattle product) not evaluated for efficacy in goats and would select for resistant worms.
 Ivermectin contaminates the goat's milk. 
  Oral 0.2-0.4 mg/kg - 14 days meat, 9 days milk
  SC 0.2 mg/kg - 35 days meat, 40 days milk

Moxidectin, Cydectin®
- not approved for goats.
- by veterinarian’s prescription
- should not be used if any other dewormer is still effective on the farm
- withdrawal recommendations for goats are
  Oral 0.2 mg/kg - 14 days meat
  Oral 0.5 mg/kg - 23 days meat
- do not use SC
- do not use in dairy goats

Special Considerations:
Resistance is common and goats are very susceptible to parasites so be mindful when deworming your herd. Follow these simple guidelines to help prevent increased resistance. 

- Consult your veterinarian for fecal exams and control programs.  
- Avoid small grassy exercise lots. 
- Avoid deworming in the first month of pregnancy, when drugs might cause birth 
- Minimize treatments to slow development of resistance. 
- Consider treating two days in a row to increase efficacy. 
- Consider fasting overnight before treating to increase efficacy. 
- Avoid milk residues in dairy goats; deworm while dry if possible or use morantel. 
- Observe meat withdrawals in meat goats and culls.

-Avoid frequent rotation of dewormers - ideally, stay with one drug for an entire year. 
-Do not use injectable or pour-on anthelmintics, as these select for resistant parasites.
-During the grazing season, monitor for clinical signs (anemia, diarrhea, bottle jaw) and treat the affected animals but leave goats that are in balance with their parasite load untreated.  This slows the development of resistant parasites by leaving unselected worms in the population.  Record the identity of animals requiring frequent treatment and cull them and their offspring to increase genetic resistance of the goats to parasites.
-Do not use moxidectin (Cydectin®) unless no other drug works on your farm.  This is the last resort drug and its efficacy must be preserved as long as possible.
-Weigh or use a weigh tape on all animals to determine proper dose.

Strategic use of dewormers – these are times to consider using dewormers on 
susceptible, infected animals 
- pre-breeding (fall) to decrease over wintering of arrested larvae and to improve body condition, reproduction, and kid birth weights. 
- late gestation or during early lactation to treat peripanurient rise and to decrease parasite load being introduced on to pasture. 
- treat and move to safe pastures which have not been grazed before or for at least 3 months.  Treating before moving does; select for parasite resistance. 
- monitor fecal shedding during the summer and treat and move as needed. 

Good pasture management - avoid over stocking, rotate before eaten to the ground, manage areas around feeders and watering areas, co-mingle grazing species.  Strip grazing areas must be large enough to avoid severe buildup; small strips must be changed more frequently.

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Quick Reference

SQ= Subcutaneous 
PO= Orally

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