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"Potions", is a blanket word for a variety of supplements, remedies, and replacers, especially pertaining to fluids that provide a certain health or nutrition related use to goats of all types and ages. Some of the potions can be considered home remedies but one thing is for certain, if they have been listed here, they do have some value - many of them great value to the goat producer. Should you have any of your own potions that you have tried and know to be effective, and would like to see them added here, please write and let me know.
MAGIC - One of the most asked about supplements is a potion called MAGIC which is used as a liquid supplement to provide quick energy. While initially used for does that have just kidded as a means to replace lost fluids, MAGIC is also used with great effectiveness on goats that are down, sick, dehydrated, etc. The ingredients of MAGIC are as follows:
Personally I have found this potion to work best when warmed slightly.
- 1 part molasses, 2 parts karo syrup, 1 part corn oil
Replacing Electrolytes - Noemycin can be added to any of these recipes or given separately. 1 part molasses, 2 parts Karo Syrup, 1 part corn oil. Mix and give 20 cc's three times a day.
If doe is down (not eating and drinking) give 50% dextrose 50/50 with water, B Complex, Thiamin, powder Probias (do not use commercial products that have sodium added) Give 4 ounces every 2 to 4 hours till does gets up and is eating or urinating. Take away the milk and only give this for 24 to 48 hours; 1 can beef consume, 1 package of jam & jelly pectin, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons baking soda. Mix in ½ gallon container and finish filling to top with clean water. Mix well. Shake to mix well before each feeding. (This can be cut in half since it was originally for calves – just adjust it for goats.)
From Holly Jentsch - firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ cup honey, 2 quarts water.
1 Gallon warm water, 2 teaspoons table salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 9 tablespoons honey, white corn syrup or crystalline dextrose (never us cane sugar).
1 cup buttermilk, 1 raw egg, 1 teaspoon cocoa, ¼ teaspoon baking soda. Mix in blender or shake well in a jar and bottle feed ¼ of this every two to three hours. (This odd recipe is from a vet.)
2 tablespoons of honey, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon baking soda. Mix all these ingredients in a quart jar of warm water.
From Dr. Sam Guss (DVM)
About the author: Many of these potions come by way of various sources.