Gastrointestinal parasites of small ruminants


A parasite is an organism which lives at the expense of another organism. Parasites are widely present in the animal kingdom and are constantly present in the digestive tract of ruminants. This is normal as long as population levels remain low.

However, when an excessive number of parasites become present the clinical signs begin to appear: loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, anemia, ruffled fur, etc. At this stage it is often too late to cure the disease.



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