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For Bernice - CL, CAE & Vitamin C

Amber Waves Pygmy Goats Ultimate Goat Mineral
Posted by GoatWorld on August 25, 2001 at 17:38:00:

Hi Bernice,

Good question. I looked back through the entire book and did not see a reason why Vitamin C can't be given to a goat with CAE.

In looking at the whole picture, especially since the writer is from Australia, she tends to explain things in a bit different way. Probably my fault for interpreting it the way I did.

I "think" what she means is that giving Vitamin C to a goat with CAE isn't going to make things any better since CAE is a systemic disease. The mere fact that she mentions giving the Vitamin C to a goat with CL is that it detoxifies the material in the abscess - won't do anything for the condition of a goat with CAE, or provide a cure for CL. At least that is the way I am readng it. I presume that the "detoxifying" action she refers to means that the material won't be as likely to spread internally as before - or possibly that if it hits the ground (from bursting), it won't be as likely to contaminate the soil...not sure on that one.

In further reading I did come across a few more interesting facts about CL and CAE though - these are things I never knew. It seems that the level of copper plays an important part in a goat getting either CL or CAE. In the testing she had performed on all her goats, all the goats that came up CAE positive or had CL were shown to be copper deficient. A similar study talked about different colored goats needing more or less copper rather than a straight across the board percentage for copper needed for "all" goats.

It talks about white goats needing less copper than goats with darker hair color. It also compared this to a study done on humans where it was discovered that persons with darker hair (Oriental in particular), need five to six times more copper than persons that have lighter hair coloring.

Pretty interesting to think about actually. I know that I have been reading alot of different ideas and concepts this person has - alot of them make sense - alot of them cause you to think more about it.

Best regards,

Gary Pfalzbot


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