Preventing Coccidiosis

It's spring, and many of us have goat kids hopping and skipping around. I have friends with their very first kid born. Last week I suddenly realized that my friends probably didn't know about coccidia or how to prevent problems. After having this conversation with them in person, I thought it might be a relevant blog post as well.

I've always used Di-Methox 40% for cocci prevention in my goat kids, but the 40% formula is no longer available. We can still purchase and use Di-Methox 12.5% instead. The recommended schedule is to dose the kid for 5 days every three weeks: day 1 at 1cc per 5 pounds of weight, days 2-5 at 1cc per 10 pounds. (A 20-lb kid would get 4 cc on the first day, 2 cc on the second through fifth days.)

There are other sulfa drugs that can be used instead of Di-Methox. For more information on coccidiosis see this article. Here's one on using Di-Methox from Hoegger Goat Supply, and a chart of other sulfa drugs from Fias Co Farm here. I've read in several places that Co-Rid is not a good choice for goats as it inhibites thiamine production.

Timing is very important when you are giving this as a preventive to coccidiosis. You want to begin when the kid is three weeks old. Don't procrastinate. I "worm on Wednesday" - it's easy for me to remember that way - so I move each kid's dose to the nearest Wednesday rather than their actual 3-week birthday.

The drug is given orally, using a syringe without a needle. I measure out a syringe for each kid before going outside. I hold one kid at a time, open her mouth and squirt it in.

Sulfadimethoxine is really bitter. The kids always spit and sputter and shudder after I give it to them. Once, years ago, a kid shook her head and a drop ended up in my open mouth - now I KNOW why they don't like it! YUCK! ICK! SPIT! GAG! A friend told me this week that she adds maple syrup to the syringe. I did that this week and it is obviously more pleasant for the babies.

Continue dosing your kids on schedule until they are weaned for best protection.



  1. Kathi, Thank you for this very informative post. :) It's so lovely to hear this from another goat keeper.

    Coccidia can sometimes be the worst of enemies!

    Thank you for sharing what you've learned about keeping them under control.

    I had no idea that dimethox was so bitter! You have a very interesting, and so familiar! story of how you learned what it tasted like. :) Thank you for sharing that, it made me smile today.

    April and I are looking into treating our little kids this morning, and thank you so much.

    May Jesus Christ bless you. Praying for you in many special ways. :)
    In Christ,

  2. Helpful. Thanks!

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