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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

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: Common Conditions of the Udder
November 24, 2019 · · Ask The Expert, Health

Katie Estill, DVM discusses precocious udder, udder edema, and mastitis in goats.

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Back from The Vet: Mineral Intake in Goats

There are a multitude of factors to consider when choosing a mineral supplement for your animals. When creating your herd nutrition plan, it is helpful to consult with a veterinarian or licensed animal nutritionist to ensure optimum health.

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A Quick Guide to Goat Minerals
September 28, 2019 · · Goat Notes

When selecting a mineral supplement for your herd, choose one made specifically for goats. Supplements made for other species will not provide optimum levels and may even be harmful.

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Back from the Vet: Gastrointestinal Parasites in Goats

There can be a multitude of reasons for any animal to be a poor doer. One common cause for animals not to thrive is gastrointestinal parasitosis.

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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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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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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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Back From the Vet: Q Fever in Goats

Q Fever refers to the infection of people with the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. So how is it that people contract this infection? To understand that, one must understand Coxiella.

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