Parasite management

Urban Homestead

Golden Chicken
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Do you guys treat your livestock and pets year-round, only during the warm seasons, or only as needed (when they actually have parasites)? I treat my livestock and pets during the warm months as a preventative, but since it's not cooling off until much later than usual, I'm wondering if that's too much medicine.
 

Almost Eden

Golden Chicken
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My cats get Revolution and my dogs get Heartguard Plus as their preventative most months. I usually skip December-February though since mosquitos (heartworms) aren't out then. I dose our livestock now and then.
 

RanchHouse

Farm Hand
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I think that it depends on the animals in question. The recommendation is that pets should have a full health check once a year. In my view, what's most important is having enough personnel who can carry regular inspections and notice when livestock are either in good health or not.
 

RichZ

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Most treatments for parasites are toxic chemicals. I don't treat my dogs and cats prophylactically, they all get check ups twice each year. However, it's harder to do that with livestock. When I had large numbers of sheep and goats, I treated them twice a year with ivermectin.
 

Digger

Farm Hand
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I think that it depends on the animals in question.
And where you live. People in cooler climates might get away with not giving their dogs a heartworm preventative, but in the South where mosquitos are out for 8 or 10 months out of the year, it seems foolish to risk it. I've never known a vet who didn't recommend it.
 
 
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