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My ten year old pygmy female goat is having pain in her right front knee. My vet says it is arthritis and has me giving her a regular aspirin every day. This does not seem to be helping. Can I give her one in the am and one in the pm?

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HI Susie,
Aspirin also thins the blood which is probably why he said one a day -  Maybe try  one am one pm every other day ?  ALSO they make many different horse lineaments for sore joints and muscles -most feed store carry them. go look and read the labels,  (keep in mind not much is actually Approved for goats which is mos t of what we use on our goats  off-label) Get something  to use that you rub in for joints..  In addition you can try using  daily dosing of glucosamine chondroitin msm (for arthritis) seems to work well  on horses and  gives some relief to goats - also daily massage/exercise helps. I have used it with some success - I used the human dosing  according to weight.. and checked with my vet for the ok in doing so..

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Specializing in New Goat Owner understanding of goat physiology, goat anatomy, goat care and herd management. *I am not a veterinarian, any advice and information should be verified by your veterinarian before administering to your goats. (! During times of severe weather in the Midwest, I may experience a delay in internet service due to the interference of the satellite reception - but will answer your questions as soon as service is restored. !) Note: Keep in mind, the goat expert is volunteering her time to help other goat owners, she also runs her farm with her own herd of 100 goats and may not be at her computer at all hours. Questions are answered as soon as she can possibly read and answer them, usually within 24 hours.

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23 years experience of raising goats and herd management. Active hands on experience with goat herd and research with various Caprine University Research and Extension Centers nationwide. 15 years dedicated to helping other goat breeders/owners with goat anatomy, goat disease and goat health care issues via phone, published goat care articles and internet interaction. The information I have to offer is not only from personal experience and years of research updated often as new information is made available to me, but supported by many Veterinary Research colleges and all medications and information I have to offer on how the medications work and what dosages "I" use, is information I have acquired by discussing directly with the company's veterinarians and staff research experts.

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