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Posted by GoatWorld on June 16, 2002 at 09:42:31:
In Reply to: Caseous Lymphadenitis posted by Diana A. on June 12, 2002 at 11:22:26:
You mentioned that you have a vaccine for Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis Bacterin-Toxoid. This of course is a vaccine for CL but I am not sure it is going to do any good because to my knowledge, they still have not come up with a CL vaccine for goats (unless you had this one specifically made for your herd). Chances are that the CL vaccine you have is for sheep (or another type of animal). From what I understand, giving your goats this particular vaccine will give them sorelegs if not given correctly and do nothing to vaccinate them effectively against CL. However, I have heard that if you give the vaccine for sheep as a SubQ (just under the skin) shot, there is a chance that the vaccination will take and not give them sorelegs. I cannot attest to this but it is what I have heard from a few people.
On the CD/T shot, personally I would wait until after the nanny has kidded. It probably would not cause any problems if you give it before - actually, if given a couple of months before kidding, most of the vaccines will have kicked in and should be transferred to the kids at birth (passive immunity transfer).
The problem as I see it with the CD/T shot (or other types of treatment) prior to kidding is that there is always a margin of error because let's say the nanny becomes ill and you need to treat her with something else; penicillin, Tylan 200, Oxytetracycline, wormers, etc., then there is a chance that problems will arise. Not always, but still a chance.
You may want to follow Karen advise and get a test done for CL. It will give you piece of mind plus you will have beforehand knowledge when the kidding begins.
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