Meningeal worm, also known as deer worm, is a worm that is normally found in white tail deer, but goats can become infected. In this episode Dr. Tatiana Stanton, a goat and sheep specialist with Cornell University Extension, is talking about how deer worm is different than intestinal worms that goats have, symptoms of an infection, and treatment.
Although deer worm is not nearly as common as intestinal worms, they can be much more deadly. While a goat can walk around with thousands of roundworms in its digestive tract, a single deer worm in the spinal column or brain stem can paralyze a goat and even kill it, if it is not treated. Getting treatment started as quickly as possible also plays a big role in a successful outcome.
For more information:
Deer Worm Factsheet
for goat and sheep producers, Cornell University
Deer Worm Treatment Protocols
, Small Ruminant Parasite Research, Cornell University
Meningeal Worm (Deer, Brain Worm)
by Dr. Mary Smith, DVM, and Dr. Tatiana Stanton (PowerPoint presentation)