Health

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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Preparing for Kidding
March 14, 2019 . · Health

2 months prior to due date: Dry off doe: Does should have 2 months off from milking before they kid again. 6 weeks prior to due date: Give the doe …

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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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Can Goats Swim? Dealing with Goats in The Water

Can goats swim? What should you do if you find your goat stuck in a stock tank? And what health issues should you watch for?

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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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Goat Lice: Are Your Goats Lousy?
March 14, 2019 . · Health

If your goats are biting and scratching, suspect lice. The easiest place to spot goat lice is just behind the foreleg, directly on the skin. Goat lice are very common …

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Pregnant Goat Care
March 14, 2019 . · Health

It’s that time of year when many goat owners focus on pregnant goat care, as they’re either preparing to breed or have already bred their does. Spring kidding is one …

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Deep Freeze! How to Keep Goats Warm in Cold Weather
March 14, 2019 . · Health

How cold is too cold for a goat? Temperature can be the least of challenges when determining how to keep goats warm in cold weather. I’ve lived in cold climates …

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One Teat, Two Teats … A Third Teat?

You weren’t expecting a third teat when you flipped over that new kid, were you? If they breed goats long enough, every person is going to see a third teat …

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