Question My goat recently started with sores above his hooves and it is moving up his legs. The sores are open and draining. I have not seen him scratching his legs. I have 3 other goats that are doing fine. I can't afford for the vet to come out right now. Anything information that you can help me with would be greatly appeciated.
Answer Any hair loss with these sores? This could be mange mites that have caused a Staph infection of the skin. Would start with washing the sores and treating with NFZ puffer or other external antibiotic ointment on a daily basis. Would also treat goat with livestock dust all over as well as bedding. Would also give vitamin D 5,000 IU daily - crush tablet and dissolve in hot water and give orally or if this is oil, just add the oil (not capsule) to liquid and give orally. This will help with immune system strengthening. Would also start on at least an oral antibiotic - duramycin, tetracycline, etc. or you can start on penicillin injectable at 3 cc/100 pounds twice a day for 5 days. You will also need to give the goat probiotics during his antibiotic course. Sometimes one goat will get mites and others will not depending on their immune system. Hope this helps - let me know. Donna
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