Health

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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Think Before Supplementing Sulfur for Goats
June 30, 2021 · · Health

Vitamins and mineral nutrition can be overwhelming and confusing in livestock. There seems to be particular misunderstanding and uncertainty in goat circles about sulfur.

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When You’re Hot, You’re Hot
June 30, 2021 · · Health

Like many new farmers, goat owners often worry about their goats too much in the wintertime and not enough in hot weather. Heat and humidity can be as detrimental for goats as it can be for humans.

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Johne’s, CAE, and CL Testing for Goats: Serology 101
June 28, 2021 · · Health

The “why” of blood testing is easy. CAE and CL testing for goats allows us to control diseases. The “what” is a question unanswered for many: What do serology tests do? What don’t they do? What should we do with the results?

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