Slight paralysis in hind legs...meningeal worm?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by bamaherd, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. bamaherd

    bamaherd Active Member

    Jun 14, 2017
    We have a 2 year old buck who, as of this morning, has slight paralysis of his back legs. He is walking, or kind of hobbling, and is eating normally. He doesn't seem to be in pain as his behavior is normal. Strangely, he is also missing the tip of his tail hair. The very tip of his tail looks like someone trimmed the hair, exposing the tip of his tail itself. I did some digging immediately and read up on Meningeal worm. We are in Southwest Alabama where there is a lot of rain which certainly fits the description of the areas prevalent with Meningeal worm cases. Knowing this will be benign even if this is not Meningeal worm, I treated him with 10x dose of Safeguard as prescribed by Tennessee Meat Goats. We do have an appointment with our vet tomorrow.

    Could this be anything else??

    Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated!
  2. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    Here's what @SalteyLove does for m-worms:
    B-complex 6cc's per 100 lbs around the clock
    Pennicillan 10 cc's per 100 lbs around the clock
    Dexamethasone 6 cc's per 100 lbs once a day slowly decreasing dosage daily
    SAfeguard Liquid 23 cc's per 100 lbs for 5 days

  3. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Yes but the B-Complex and Penicillin are in case there is question between Polio/Listeriosis and Meningeal Worm. in this particular case, I don't think you need the Polio/Listeriosis treatment as a precaution unless he appears dizzy or drunk or you see dialated pupils or jittery eyes or drooling or food falling out of the mouth.

    The tail hair is unusual, typically if there is hair loss it is chewing along the spine but I suppose the worm could head "south" instead of "north" along the spine and cause itchy tail.

    Definitely do no leave the vet without Dex or at least Banamine. One of these is critical to reduce the brain swelling causing the stumbling
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  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Definitely the safeguard and Dex. If you can't get Dex, use banamine. While recent studies show Ivomec doesn't help, I still do a shot of Ivomec as well.
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  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree with all the above.
  6. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    Thanks, I took a screen shot of this from one of your posts on a different thread a while ago and saved for-worm. Thanks for clarifying
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