Post Number: 1054
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
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|Posted on Friday, July 14, 2006 - 05:49 am: |
She could have 2 things going on here. Often a swollen head or face is a sign of severe anemia due to a heavy load of worms. Check the color of her lower inner eyelids by pulling the eyelid down and looking at the inner surface. It should be a bright rosy or salmon pink. If it is pale or white she is very anemic.
I recommend deworming with Ivomec Injectable for Cattle but give it orally to goats at 1 cc per 25 pounds. Give once a day for 2 to 3 dyas then repeat in 2 weeks. If you have been deworming with Safeguard or Panacur you nned to know these dewormers are often not effective at any dose in many parts of the country.
A sore on the mouth of a goat can be soremouth a herpes virus similar to coldsores in humans. It is very contagious to other goats and sheep and to humans. Antibiotics do no good it will just have to run its course. Some people have had good results with gentian violet, a solution you can get at the drug store, to help speed healing and prevent secondary infections.
If you can send me a picture privately of her swollen head and the sore maybe I can help further. Click on my name to email me privately if you like or call me.
Both of these conditions can certainly affect the other goats. If you have one very wormy goat, all are very susceptible. If it is soremouth it has likely already infected the other goats. But soremouth does heal in a few weeks and the infected goats then have a nearly lifelong immunity.
Goat 911 Capri Medic
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Posted From: 126.96.36.199
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|Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 10:30 pm: |
I am new to the goat thing, and I have a little girl (5yr old boer) who has a swollen head. We noticed what appeared to be a scratch with a bit of blood at the corner of her mouth about 2 days ago and now the right side of her head is swollen and hot. I have applied penicillin topically to the sore, and don't really know what to do now. I have 4 other goats, and do not want this to be something contagious. Anyone know what this might be or what I should do?