About the Author

Dr. Katie Estill DVM

Dr. Katie Estill DVM is a veterinarian consultant for Goat Journal, Countryside & Small Stock Journal, and Countryside online. She works with goats and other large livestock at Desert Trails Veterinary Services in Winnemucca, Nevada.
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Articles by Dr. Katie Estill DVM

Is Raw Milk Safe?

Some tout raw milk for its health benefits, while others emphasize its improved qualities for cheese and yogurt. But is raw milk safe?

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Back from The Vet: Just Kidding

While does most commonly deliver their kids without incident, proper preparation ensures that when problems with kidding arise, they can be identified and corrected quickly.

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Urolithiasis in Goats

While springtime goat care often focuses on does and kidding, don’t forget the male goats in your herd. Serious health issues can result from lumping their care in with late gestation does.

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The Basics of Caring for Goats
March 21, 2022 · · Health

When building a herd health program from the ground up, beginning with the basics of caring for goats is best. One needs to consider the basics of the environment for the herd, their nutrition program, hoof care, and fiber care.

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Chlamydiosis in Goats
January 19, 2022 · · Health, Members Only

Chlamydia abortus is a bacterium that lives within the cells of its host animal. This infection of the placenta results in loss of the pregnancy, commonly in the last month

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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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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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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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Back From the Vet: Goat Dental Health
August 4, 2021 · · Health

Though you may have gandered at your goat’s incisors to assess age, likely you have not taken them to the veterinarian. As advancements in the care of livestock have been made, more emphasis is being made on the oral health of goats.

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