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  • Knowledge and Prevention are worth ten pounds of cure and four days of washing a goat's backside with a hose!

 

 

 

 

   

  • 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.

 

 

 

                

 

           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 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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