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Re: OH NO....EWWW..HELP!!

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Posted by GoatWorld on June 17, 2002 at 22:29:57:

In Reply to: OH NO....EWWW..HELP!! posted by Helene on June 17, 2002 at 16:58:33:

Hi Helene,

Haven't seen your name for awhile so I knew you've been busy. You won't believe this, but your situation is exactly the main reason why GoatWorld came about. Our very first goats that we purchased had the same problem - they had been disbudded to closely and the sinus cavities (yes, that hole is a sinus cavity) never entirely closed up, a perfection invitation for infection.

I could spend a paragraph and tell you what we did from our limited knowledge at that time but the end result was not happy. Thus GoatWorld.

You need to somehow cover that hole up, get it to heal and yes, keep a round of antibiotics going for at least five days. I think at this point I'd suggest a "broad spectrum" antibiotic such as oxytetracycline followed by perhaps a round of penicillin G and then of course, some ProBiotics to replace the "good" bacteria that were lost in the treatment.

Now there are going to be some that will perhaps disagree with my next sugestion for keeping the wound closed - it may or may not work. First, I'd get a product called Icthamol which is a dark colored petroleum jelly - pack this into the cavity hole but don't overdo it. Then I'd either take the liquid bandage you mentioned to adhere a "cover" to the area or, I'd use guaze and superglue (not too much), weatherstrip adhesive (again, not too much) or some type of glue that will be non-toxic to the skin. Both the superglue and weatherstrip adhesive are debatable on safety but they will work if done correctly as the actual sinus cavity is already plugged up with Icthamol.

The problem is that we did know enough to bandage our goats heads when we had the problem - the goats would work on getting that bandage off all day and all night and they did. If I had listened to my instincts back then instead of the guy at the feedstore, I'm almost certain they would be alive today.

Please let us know how this works out and how you handled it.

Best regards,

Gary



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