Health

Synch It Up!
August 4, 2021 · · Health

Estrus synchronization is simply any method used to bring an individual or group of animals into an optimal physiological state for ovulation and, thereby, conception. Besides reducing some breeding season headaches, this is also especially helpful to develop a specific kidding window.

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Let’s Talk About B Vitamins for Goats
August 4, 2021 · · Health

This series of vitamins play a wide array of roles in a healthy body and metabolism. For people and most animals, we must consume them daily. Goats, on the other hand, are a bit luckier. Thanks to their rumens, they can produce their own B vitamins.

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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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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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The Confusion With Copper for Goats
July 22, 2021 · · Health

Copper, for goats, is arguably one of the most talked-about trace minerals, and for good reason — it’s essential for healthy bone and muscle growth. When it’s deficient, especially in growing kids, there can be major consequences.

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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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Rabies vs. Your Goat

Rabies is one of those diseases that strike instant fear in the hearts of people when they learn that they could have been exposed. This brings us to the questions of how is rabies transmitted plus should goat owners consider vaccinating their goats against it?

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Listen Up! The Lowdown on Goat Mites

When a goat rubs its ears, shakes its head or shows signs of crusting in the ears, ear mites could be to blame — and if one goat has ear mites, chances are good most, if not all, of the herd is infested with goat mites.

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Preventing and Treating Coccidiosis in Goats
July 5, 2021 · · Health

If you see diarrhea among your goat herd — especially among the kids — then it’s likely that your animals are suffering from coccidiosis. Coccidiosis in goats is both common and easily prevented. Treated, it’s minor. Untreated, it can kill young animals and have lifelong health effects on survivors.

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Goat Udder Problems: Injuries and Infection
July 1, 2021 · · Health

A delicate and complex organ, the udder can easily sustain lasting damage that can either destroy or greatly impair milk output. Proper responses to goat udder problems such as injuries and infections are tools every doe owner should have.

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