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Posted by Karen on June 24, 2002 at 16:44:16:
In Reply to: Hoof Problems posted by Helene on June 24, 2002 at 11:07:49:
This is when it's good to have a farrier in the family. Goathater is really usefull on foot stuff. Anyway we have had this problem a time or two and he has me soak the foot in Epsom salts if possible, I know this is hard with the big goats. Next take a 50/50 bleach /water solution and after the foot has been cleaned up good soak the foot in that. If you can't soak it then take a dishsoap bottle and put the solution in it and saturtate the foot with the bleach and water. Do this every other day until the foot clears up. Also it could be a foot abcess (nasty stuff). To clean them up you need to soak the foot in Epsom salt water hot as possible, this will help draw it out. Also I know you said she doesn't need to be trimmed but if you try to par a bit of the sole of her foot there may be a small hole, if you see this than it is an abcess. Flush it out with betidine (gentle solution). The foot will be very sore to the touch but once the abcess is drained they seem to heal fast. I would try the bleach water idea first as it is the easiest one to do and the least evasive of the two. If it is some sort of foot fungus it is best to par out the infected part of the hoof. Be sure to wash all of your hoof utensils when your done. If you have any other questions or whatever email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org I don't always check goatworld more than once a day but I always have that email open. Good luck. OH and give poor Eris an apple for me she deserves it all she has been through.
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