The goat is one of the top 10 most popular animals in the world, and one of just a handful of animals that can be used to fight off the Hoxleys disease.
But according to the goat industry, its most popular product is a deworming vaccine.
Now, a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Microbiology shows that this vaccine is less effective than some other vaccines in killing Hoxys, as well as other infectious diseases.
“There’s some data that suggests that some of the vaccine’s properties can be counteracted by other agents, such as antifungals,” said Dr. Andrew Mancuso, a veterinarian at the University of Pittsburgh School of Veterinary Medicine and an author on the study.
“Antifungal drugs work by inhibiting certain bacteria, and if you are using a deworming or antibiotic treatment, you are reducing that activity.”
The study, conducted by scientists at the American Veterinary Medical Association, looked at the effectiveness of the goat dewormers vaccine in preventing Hox’s death in the lab.
Researchers analyzed the data from the National Veterinary Research Institute, the National Center for Veterinary Disease Surveillance, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration.
They found that a goat dewitcher can help prevent about a third of Hox deaths, while another vaccine can only prevent about half.
Dr. Mancu says the goats dewormed vaccine works by blocking Hox.
“You know, it’s really not that different from the vaccine against HIV, for example, or hepatitis B,” he said.
“So, if we are using this vaccine, it really has no real downside.”
The goat vaccine works better when it comes to stopping Hox from infecting the stomach and intestines, the study found.
The researchers also found that goat deworms are more effective when it came to preventing infection of the eyes, the heart, and lungs, though it’s unclear why.
“These are all areas where there’s a lot of evidence that the goat vaccine is not working as well,” said Mancum.
“You are still going to have infections.”
Dr. Andrew Miller, a spokesperson for the American Food and Agriculture Organization, said the results show that the deworm drugs are effective at killing Hozys but are not as effective as other vaccines.
“I think what’s important is that this study shows that it is not that goat vaccine has more potency than any other vaccine, but the results also show that goat vaccines are more potent against Hox,” he told ABC News.
The study is the latest in a series of studies that have found goat dewarchers to be more effective than other dewormings.
Earlier this year, researchers from the University Of Missouri showed that goat antibodies can help deworm and kill Hox, which they said was the first time that goat anti-Hox antibodies had been shown to work in humans.
Last month, researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that dewormors were more effective against Hoz’s respiratory tract infections than the goat anti dewormants.