Goats/Re: Migi

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Hi Donna,
Update on Migi - I am going to give Migi PEPTO B. & no SULMET b/c i think its food related and see how that goes. Also Donna i went on ebay and found brand new hoof trimmers for goats for $8.95 so i am going to purchase it. They told me to be very careful b/c its super sharp. So how do i trim his hoofs? His back hoofs are long not curving but its pointed so i need to cut the tip but i'm afraid how much to cut. Then i see in pics when i google i see people trimming the underneath & the sides. Please let me know. Thanks Donna.

Luv,
Me & Migi

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Regular straight but short garden trimmers work well - I do not buy specific "goat" hoof trimmers - some are extremely sharp and can easily cut you if you slip - didn't I send you the goat health information packet some time ago?  In there is information on how to trim hooves and what trimmers to use - let me know.  Bottom line is that you need to cut the outside hoof walls (which go around each section of the two-part hoof) flat to where it meets the hoof pad.  There are some good diagrams on the internet, but the packet also has a diagram in it.  Let me know - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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