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Extra Goat Tips
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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:
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
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