Posted by maggie on February 01, 2001 at 14:41:29:
In Reply to: Re: Now the other eye posted by Koda on January 31, 2001 at 16:47:21:
Yep, sure sounds like pinkeye. She may have been more susceptible by being young and kind of weak. Try to put ointment in her eyes at leat 3 times a day. The tearing washes out the medicine pretty fast. I personally just keep an eye on the other herd members to see if anyone else gets it and treat on an individual basis if only a few goats get it. For my adult does that are not bred I use the eye ointment and a shot of LA 200 or Biomysin. Both are the same drug, tetracycline, the Biomysin has an anti sting carrier and can be given SQ. For bred does I use the eye ointment only. The LA 200 gives faster results because it is excreted in part through the tears and so the medicine is being delivered to the eye over time and not all at once. Tetracycline given by injection has been thought to cause abortions at some stages of pregnancy and to effect the bones and teeth of developing fetuses and young kids. The bacteria that causes pinkeye is common in the environment and seems to strike the weak, young or stressed goats first. Pretty much it is one of those diseases you just have to watch for an treat at the first sign. A careful scrubbing and disinfection with bleach of all feeders, hay racks and water buckets may help to stop the spread.
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