Preventing Toxoplasmosis in Your Goats

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Preventing Toxoplasmosis in Your Goats

Dec 14 2017 by Chaffhaye

What is Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is a disease that causes abortion in sheep and goats. Cats are the main carriers of this protozoan known as Toxoplasma gondii. Cats, pass the oocysts in their feces when they eat infected rodents, raw meat, or placentas of toxoplasmosis-infected animals.

Effects of Toxoplasmosis

Goats become infected with the parasite after ingesting hay or grain that has been contaminated with cat feces.

Infection can result in Abortion, Stillbirths, Birth Defects & Weak Kids

How to Prevent Toxoplasmosis

  1. Bagged Feeds & Storage Containers– The best practice to preventing this deadly parasite is to cover all hay and grain.
  2. Cleanliness– remove deceased animals & feces from around the barn, pens