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  •  Feed a goat with its head up. The liquid can go down in it's lungs and quickly turn to pneumonia.


  • Kero Corn Syrup is the fastest way to raise blood sugar. Smear it over teeth and gums and all over the tongue. Dose every five minutes until a goat in shock starts coming back. (This may take up to two hours!) Dissolve syrup in hot water at equal proportions. Do not administer a liquid until the animal can swallow! The liquid will go into the lungs. (You can tell this has occurred if liquid is present in the nostrils.) Use a syringe and drop almost too hot a liquid onto the tip of the tongue. You want the liquid this warm to encourage swallowing and warming the belly up. Cold seems to cramp them up and they fight swallowing it.


  • Changes in feed or environment can make a goat ill. Animals are sensitive to field, weather or feed changes. (In the coal mine areas where gas wells are constantly being built I know of goats that have aborted because of the sound of drilling rigs and I don't care what the mines have to say.)


  • Sick goats could benefit from a blanket and a heat lamp. I heard yah. A goat that shivers is better off. Bologna I say. If you're sick let's strip you down in a cold room and leave you to suffer in a corner. I'm not saying a down quilt, just a light throw rug to ward off chills that taxes much needed energy to fight off illness. Take it off when the goat perks up. A sick goat will try to get up off the ground- that's a hint to us stupid humans that a skid with a board over it and a big fluffy pile of hay would be appreciated.


  • Along the same note, use a heat lamp at night while the goat is very sick if nights will dip below forty degrees. Goats are very hardy once they get beyond a year old, but, the young need heat lamps.


  • Keep a goat drench on hand. If they can't stand on their own it is time for a drink of the good stuff.


  • Green grass in Spring can give a goat diarrhea. Make sure they are getting hay along with the new green grass. The Over Eating shot should be given to even babies over two weeks of age to protect them from bacterial infection. You may see a cyst like lump appear. Try to give every member of your herd the shot in the same side of the neck in the same area so you know that's why your goat has a lump on that side.


  • Keep a sick animal  apart until you know why the animal is sick.


  • You don't want a sick animal in a draft, but, you don't want to keep it out of fresh air. A protective space is better than an enclosed stall because fresh air whisks away natural gas build from urine and pooh.


All kinds of useful tid bits.

  • Do not use the microwave to heat anything, but water. Vitamins are zapped by the waves. I learned this in a nutrition class at college.


  • Iodine naval cords and all four feet preferable before they walk. This also helps dry it up quicker.


  • A tip on newborn ears. We had a baby born with what we thought was fatty, fleshy ears. It turned out the thickness was actually an infection that needed to be drained. Because we had no way of knowing this was not normal the infection killed the ends of the baby's ears before it broke out. It folded the tips of the ears tight and turned them into "beef jerky." The infection we treated with penicillin. We then took the baby to the vet. Unfortunately there was nothing to do but use Bag Balm mixed with Wonder Dust to limit the proud flesh. We washed the ears daily with soapy water, soaked them in Epsom salts to encourage the infection to leave, scrubbed them with iodine and then applied the Bag Balm/Wonder Dust mix. The dead part of the ear had to be slowly snipped away as it broke loose from the living tissue. The vet said she had never seen anything like it. I hope I never see this again!


  • Giving tablets that are water soluble? Crush them into a powder put the powder in a syringe with the tip knocked off and the hole widened- put your finger over the hole. Add (half way) water, gently push the plunger in, turn the tip up toward the ceiling, remove your finger, push plunger a quarter of the way in, put finger over the tip again and shake until pill dissolves. Administer orally to your goat who will be very happy to open his mouth and try to spit it all back out!



  • Antibiotics can cancel each other out and do no good at all. For example: I was told that if you feed Aureomycin crumbles than you should not give an animal penicillin. Also medicated formula or medicated bolus tablets can do this. Ask before you double medicate.


  • Green grass in Spring can give a goat diarrhea. Make sure they are getting hay along with the new green grass. The Over Eating shot should be given to even babies over two weeks of age to protect them from bacterial infection. You may have to remove the goat from the grass, get the diarrhea under control, then limit the amount of time it spends on new grass until its digestive tract adjusts.



  • Put up the fly stickers. A fly regurgitates every time it lands. Think about that the next time you are at a picnic! Yuck!


  • Keep buckets clean. Use dish liquid to wash. Use bleach once a week on feeders. 


  • A teaspoon of molasses or Kero syrup  are some quick sources of sugar.


  • Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. When treating with electrolyte products be careful of double dosing.


  • Music is known for its healing power. Try some calm symphony or nature tapes, especially at night. Can't hurt. I used to put my own daughters to bed to the tunes of their favorite cassette tapes. (I know- what's a cassette tape?)


  • Keep a buddy within baa range. A friend is a comfort. Even if it is a horse or a dog.


  • You can treat ear mites with regular corn oil. It makes a cat look mighty sad for a few days until they get the oil off their coat, but, it sure works and beats paying outrageous prices for medications that usually don't work. Ear medications should be hand cream consistency, not watery, which generally drain out and are useless as far as I'm concerned. You can dash on ivermectin pour on (blue in color) meant for cows. I don't put it down the goats ear canal but I'll spread this all around the outside ear. The mites like to feast on the tips. Salve does not seem to have the same effect as the oil.


  • An Amish trick for treating scrapes and scratches is warm diluted Epsom salts to wash the wound and a handful of black pepper.


  • A trick for treating swelling due to sprains etc... is Preperation H, the clear gel is better than the cream stuff. If it's bad use the Prep H and wrap the leg with bacon, then wrap this with bandage. Change it daily. In about three days you should see a difference. Don't ask me why it works, but, I had a goat I could not get the swelling out of. A farmer suggested the bacon and I eyed him like he had lost his mind.  I had nothing to lose, but my goat. By the way, the trick works on humans, too. A neighbor recently used the trick on a goat's hoof injury that was infected and had maggots in it (gross). The goat is healing the last time I knew.


  •  Bacon will also draw out splinters and thorns. The trick works on humans, too. Be alert other goats may try to nibble off their friends' leg or ear because of the salt content. Wash the afflicted area once you are done treating.



 Note: It is easier to mix the Re-sorb in a 2qt container and use the portion as warm water.

      For example 1qt of warm Resorb

would replace the 1qt of just  plain old warm water.  Don't use on nursing kids or with formula! Electrolytes and formula do not agree

with each other!


The coat of a goat should not be rough and drab looking. Suspect worms or illness.

A discharge from the nose that is not from normal sweating could be an upper respiratory  infection that could need an antibiotic. It could be too much dust or an exposure to mold.

 If there is crusty stuff around the outside of his nostrils which is kind of brown in color, it may be nose bots. The recommended fix for this to inject 1cc per 110 pounds of 1% Ivermectin under the skin or orally. Sneezing may also be a symptom of the pests.





           Every goat is different and you will find yourself varying in what works and how quick it works.

                  The main things to remember are:

                       Deworm! OR/AND Rotate your pastures every four months-

                                     leaving the first one empty for a year.

                       Watch the pooh. You don't want to step in it (lol) and you don't want it to

                                     change consistency.

                       Keep sick goats off the ground in a bed of hay.

                       Make changes in feed slowly, including moving to new fields. Offer hay for a few days.

                       Keep the good bacteria in the digestive tract.

                       Have what you need on hand. Even if you don't use it- someone you know will.




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