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In Reply to: a couple of questions posted by Lori on August 26, 2001 at 10:33:03:
I'm not so sure about the sore mouth because we've never had a case of it yet, but it is a good idea to try to keep their pen as clean as possible anyway - this is just good herd health management.
Every so often we sprinkle "snowflake" lime around the pen onto the soil. This helps keep the smell down if nothing else right away. While it is not always prudent depending on how your goats are housed, I also burn the wasted hay and other debri in the pens as well. I think this goes a long way in helping to keep bacteria levels down and parasites at bay.
On the injections, where did you give them at? In the hind leg? From what I've been reading, giving the injection in the back legs is not a good idea because there is a gland located there that few people know about. This is not saying that you hit that gland - sounds more like you hit a vein or something. I've gone to giving nearly all shots now subq - just under the skin - behind the neck area. Not right on the back either but just below the center line of the back and off to the side. I have not had any problems yet doing it this way.
Vicki McGaugh brought up an interesting point in one of her posts awhile back about giving IM - intramuscular injections. If you are supposed to give 5 shots in 5 days, on the 5th day one of those muscles is already going to be sore. She can tell you more about this but it made perfect sense to me.
I'd keep an eye on the temperature of your goats to make sure the 105 reading is going down. Anything above 103.5 is considered a fever - this of course if the goats have been somewhat rested and not out in the heat or playing around. This could be a simple case of allergies or possibly pinkeye. But the fever indicates the possibility that something else may be going on so I'd definitely watch their activity and habits - make sure they are still eating regular and drinking water. If they get rather lethargic and show little interest in food, post here on the Message Forum or call one of the 911 contacts here at GoatWorld - or even contact your vet.
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