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Re: Getting a sick goat back on feed

Posted by GoatWorld on November 16, 2001 at 19:05:17:

In Reply to: Getting a sick goat back on feed posted by Nat on November 15, 2001 at 16:29:30:

Hi Nat,

Sorry to hear that your whether is not doing too well. The one thing I do with most sick goats is give them 15 cc's of Nutri-Drench every 4 to 8 hours. They are not all to crazy about it but I'd say 95% of the time, it peps them up to the point where they are acting like they healthy and that usually means eating like, well, like a goat. I think the high concentration of the various minerals and vitamins in Nutri-Drench stimulate their appetite.

Regarding the soremouth - our goats have had it once or twice and it usually goes away fairly soon. From what I have read about soremouth, it is very contagious to humans (and other animals) and there are not alot in the way of antibiotics that will help. It basically runs its course. But the nice thing is that the goats will build up an immunity to it (for a year according to one of the GoatWorld articles). At least this is one disease that comes and goes and does not become chronic. The article does explain that you can treat soremouth with an iodine/vaseline - cream type of a mixture. I think that would ease a bit of the pain from the scabs.

While I've yet to read the posts further down about soremouth, I'd be inclined to think that since soremouth is extremely infectious, one may want to consider bleaching or liming the area after the sick goats have been "cured". This might prevent further cases from starting in goats in the sick pen being treated for something different; pinkeye for example. The goat goes in half blind and gets soremouth.

Best regards,

Gary Pfalzbot

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