3 AN­I­MAL IS­SUES AF­TER A DROUGHT

NZ Lifestyle Block - - FEATURE -

•IF YOU have a swamp, slow-mov­ing streams or drains on your block, your stock are more at risk of in­fec­tion by a par­a­site called liver fluke. It’s wide­spread through NZ, but the north of the North Is­land, the West Coast of the South Is­land are par­tic­u­larly af­fected. This par­a­site spends 1-3 months of its life­cy­cle in a snail host near slow-mov­ing bod­ies of wa­ter, and then up to three months in an an­i­mal which means in­fec­tions are most com­monly seen in au­tumn and early win­ter. Talk to your vet about the best op­tions and check your live­stock (or a rep­re­sen­ta­tive sam­ple) daily, es­pe­cially for signs of anaemia, eg pale mem­branes in the eye­lid, pale gums, and de­pres­sion. Di­ag­nos­ing liver fluke re­quires spe­cific tests – talk to your vet – and can also cause the of­ten deadly black disease.

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