Name: Deer Worm, or Meningeal Worm, or Moose Sickness
Species: Goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, camels, moose, and some exotic hoofstock. There is no age or breed predilection. However, disease is generally more severe in camelids and moose than other species.
Age: Any age
Breed/Sex Predilection: None
What is it? Infection with deer worm is a parasitic disease that causes severe central nervous system inflammation. It usually occurs in the Fall and early Winter in the Southeast.
Cause: The parasitic nematode worm Paraelpahastrogylus tenuis, better know as the “deer worm.” It is carried by White Tailed Deer.
Diagnosis: Animals lose their ability to walk and stand normally. Often times, the ani...
How do I know this? I don’t even know how you’re deworming your horses, but chances are if you are reading this, it’s true. New deworming recommendations were released in 2013 by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and they contain guidelines that are vastly different from what the equine industry has been doing for the past four decades. During this time, the ideal way to deworm horses was thought to be “Rotational Deworming,” or switching up the drug used each time you deworm, and deworming roughly 6-8 weeks. Odds are, this is most likely what you are doing. We all have for the past 48 years. Unfortunately, this has placed us in a very scary position. The parasites are...