Healthy Goats Maternity
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Doctor Office Extra Goat Tips
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
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.
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
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