Posted by Nat on December 30, 2000 at 19:08:14:
In Reply to: Re: Safe/effective wormers for preg. does? posted by Vicki McGaugh on December 30, 2000 at 18:15:59:
Thanks!! wow... I've only been doing this whole goat thing for about 3 years or so and every day is a learning experience. I'm just happy to have found this page after the destruction of the old dairygoat page that I usto seek advice from. Some things I know backwards and fowards from other species of livestock, trial and much error..
All you guys have been there, and done that and I'm more then happy to hear everyone's advice!
yeah - I had my suspicision about the whole lung worm problem this summer. I was pulling my hair out because I was almost positive that I had picked up some kind of pasturella, or other bug from one show I went to (almost positive since a herd that was housed 3 pens down was excused from the show, mid-week, very sick with an upper resp. problem) but the vet seemed to think that I had the lungworm.. sigh.. I don't know. I was suprised that the vet didn't take any samples for testing, ect. which bothered me a bit because I really like to know what the problem is before making a crap shoot guess on treatment. I think that I may be changing vets sometime soon in the near future. I was looking everywhere for more imput (at the time I didn't have any internet message sites known of after that other one whent offline) and even bought that lovely $90 "Goat Medicine" book, which is a nice asset to have. Everyone seems to be fine now. I just find it fustrating when the vet comes out, hands you a $160 bill, and shrugs you off.
Thank you for the advice on the wormer. I just wish that companies would spend a few bucks and get goats on the label, or make an effective "goat specific" wormer. I have a friend that is working at another vet office (small animals) so one day she may sneak in a fecal sample for me :-) They get bored at work sometimes anyway. I have access to nice microscopes at my university, and come to think of it, I bet I could even bring in my own sample and have our pathobiology dept. run a sample thru. They're usually really good on prices, and I bet I could probially get someone to show me how to do it too. (hey, I figure I pay enough in college tuition so might as well get an extra lesson in Animal Science?!)
Thanks again, ooohh I wish I knew as much as you guys did so I can stop screwing up! :-)
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