Barber Pole Worms, Whipworms, and Thin-necked Worms, Oh My!
In the past month we have seen the emergence of issues with internal parasites. One that has made its presence known is Haemonchus contortus (the Barber Pole Worm). This particular worm is a member of the strongyle family and on fecal examination is reported out as a “Strongyle”. The Barber Pole Worm is a threat, as it is a blood sucking parasite. An infestation of these worms can cause dehydration, diarrhea, lethargy, poor fleece production/quality, poor growth, poor reproductive ability, edema (fluid accumulation), anemia (pale mucous membranes) and death in an alpaca. A fecal examination is the first step in identifying the presence of this worm. If “Strongyles” are identified, and you have an animal with any of the clinical signs, a CBC (complete blood count) would be highly recommended. In addition, a specific test for the Barber Pole Worm can be run to identify its presence. This can be important in the treatment of the parasite as it may be resistant to typical deworming protocols. Other intestinal parasites that are on our ﾓMost Wantedﾔ list are Whipworms (another blood sucker) and the Thin-necked Worm (a destroyer of intestinal integrity). These parasites are serious and can cause death in our Pacific Northwest alpacas. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.
Don’t forget to RSVP for Dr. David Andersons’ seminars by November 25!
Dairymen – November 29, 12:00 pm – Lunch Provided
Alpaca Producers – November 29, 6:00 pm – Dinner Provided
David E. Anderson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS is a Professor and Head of Agricultural Practices in the Department of Clinical Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Anderson is also the Founding Director of the International Academy of Farm Animal Surgery.