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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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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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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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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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Katherine’s Caprine Corner November/December 2020

Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about feeding alfalfa to pregnant does, toxemia and ketosis, and why feeding flaxseed is better than cottonseed.

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Wintertime Pests and Goats

Though warm sunny days may seem a more likely time to find creepy crawlies on your critters, there are several varieties of external parasites that are more prevalent in winter than summer.

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Back from the Vet: Caseous Lymphadenitis in Goats

Insidious diseases such as caseous lymphadenitis are having increasing ramifications for health and production within herds. In order to appropriately manage a goat herd for this disease, it is imperative to understand the disease process as well as the current diagnostics available.

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Back from the Vet: Rumen Disorders in Goats

The rumen is food’s first stop after being chewed and swallowed. It is populated with a large variety of microorganisms that assist in food digestion. The health of the rumen, and its microbes, are essential for the health of the animal.

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Katherine’s Caprine Corner July/August 2020

Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers reader questions about goat allergies, weaning kids, and preparing bucks for breeding season.

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Katherine’s Caprine Corner May/June 2020

Katherine Drovdahl MH CR CA CEIT DipHIr QTP answers reader questions about staph on udders, investing in higher-quality goats, and turning goats out to new pastures.

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