Posted by Vicki McGaugh on July 20, 2000 at 11:20:34:
In Reply to: Re: Iodine deficiency? posted by GoatWorld on July 19, 2000 at 14:53:30:
Yes with the swelling truly from the thyroid gland and not just a fatty pad from milk goiter that lots of Nubains (and boers out of Nubians) have. You can treat as Gary described with Iodized salt, you can also spary iodine directly onto the tongue. Lots of old timers used to spary/coat the tails of their does before they kidded with iodine to be absorbed and also licked off. I would think about the addition of kelp and change your minerals (unless you are already feeding them) to loose cattle minerals, the most amount of copper. We use Purina's blue bag of loose cattle minerals with great success. You are also describing selenium/E difficency. You can also top dress both of these vitimins/minerals with Horse Health from Jeffers 1-800-Jeffers Equine Catalog, they have crumbles you add to the feed. But with it this severe you might want to take a trip to the vet for some Bo-Se or Mu-Se and give injections to the adults and kids. Niether of these two drugs have enough E in them so you will need to boost that in the feed or use E injections. This is why we feed a custom mix, that has all of the minerals/vitimins etc. that a goat in our area needs. You only find these things out when you have sick kids delivered, or during times of stres.. A very expensive lesseon indeed! Vicki
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