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Back from the Vet: Clostridial Diseases in Goats

If you have owned goats for any amount of time, likely, you have used or heard of a clostridial vaccine. Clostridial vaccinations are the only universally recommended vaccinations in goats.

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Katherine’s Corner May/June 2019: Do Goats Shed?

Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR DipHIr CEIT QTP answers your questions about enterotoxemia, shedding, and why you should keep sources of vitamin B12.

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Goat Illnesses from Floods, Fires, and Evacuations

Katherine Drovdahl, MH CR CA DipHIr CEIT QTP answers questions about evacuation, relocation, and goat illnesses resulting from disasters. Is your goat coughing? Is a big storm on the way?

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Back From the Vet: Caprine Arthritis & Encephalitis

If you have been in the goat industry for much time, it is highly likely that you have heard of CAE. Aside from being just another acronym to worry about, what exactly is it?

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Katherine’s Caprine Corner March/April 2019

Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR DipHIr CEIT QTP answers your questions about pasture management, kelp for goats, deworming pregnant does, disbudding kids, and when to take kids home.

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Sore Mouth in Goats

Kidding time can be very stressful. In addition to the complications of birth, ensuring that kids are healthy and growing is an arduous task. Young kids are particularly susceptible to a condition called sore mouth. As indicated by the name, affected kids have sores primarily on their mouths.

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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 Corner: Dehorning Goats and Trail First Aid

Katherine Drovdahl answers reader questions about dehorning goats past the age of disbudding, what to do if your doe has a hard udder, and first-aid items to carry for your pack goats!

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Can Goats Eat Christmas Trees? and More Questions About Goat Health

Katherine Drovdahl  MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about winter bedding and goat diarrhea that won’t stop! Plus: can goats eat Christmas trees?

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Kat’s Corner: Ear Tattoos and Sore Mouth in Goats

Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about sore mouth in goats, the best ink for goat tattoos, bringing kids home, and sourcing pure contents for your goat water trough. 

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