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Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

Back from the Vet: Milk Fever in Goats

Hypocalcemia can cause serious illness in pregnant and lactating does. Establishing a nutrition plan for your does through pregnancy and lactation will reduce the risk of any animals contracting milk fever.

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Can Goats Eat Christmas Trees?
December 20, 2021 · · Ask The Expert

Can goats eat Christmas trees? The simple answer is yes, they can. The real question is whether goats should. Trees can be treated with fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, growth regulators, color enhancers, and flame retardants during their lifespan.

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Veterinarian Breeding Soundness Exams

It is also essential that the buck you select can perform his job well. So, how does one know if a buck can breed well? Enter the breeding soundness examination.

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Back From the Vet: Pregnancy Toxemia

Pregnancy toxemia occurs most commonly in the last one to three weeks of gestation. Early signs include lethargy and decreased feed intake, especially of grain.

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Kat’s Caprine Corner: Freezing Goats and Winter Coats

It’s freezing! Goats get cold, too. But when do they need extra winter protection from predators and the elements?

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Kat’s Caprine Corner: Runny Goat Nose and Leaking Does

Kat Drovdahl answers your questions about runny goat noses, kids with diarrhea, leaking does, milk production drops and whether you should let your goat eat frozen clover.

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Back from The Vet: Johne’s Disease

It can lurk in your herd for years without any signs of illness and can spread rapidly. There is no vaccine, no treatment, or method to slow the progression. It is often fatal. What is this insidious disease?

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To Medicate or Not to Medicate

There are a handful of commonly used medications brought out for medical crises with goats. Whether or not these medications are actually indicated for the crisis at hand is often questionable.

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Kat’s Corner: Goat Bloat and Summer Heat

Will feeding the peels from my canning projects cause goat bloat? And how can I keep my goat healthy during hot weather? Katherine answers reader questions about caprine health in each issue of Goat Journal.

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Katherine’s Caprine Corner November/December 2020

Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about feeding alfalfa to pregnant does, toxemia and ketosis, and why feeding flaxseed is better than cottonseed.

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