Goats/Arthritis

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I have an old goat who has arthritis and is having a hard time getting around.  She is about 100 lbs and 10-12 years old. I was told by a vet that she would need a lot of aspirin or I could give her Bute. It's very hard to make a goat eat a lot of aspirin, so I am looking for something else. Is Bute a good choice? I heard it is not good for goats, but vet suggested it.

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I like aspirin the best.  I use one 325 mg human aspirin per 75 to 100 pounds given every 4 to 6 hours as needed.  This can be long term. The key for aspirin is to crush the aspirin tablets and dissolve in a little hot water, cooled and given as an oral drench - this works best and is easy to give.  For goats with arthritis giving aspirin twice a day can help.  Use of human glucosamine with MSM works well.  Dose is one to two tablets twice a day per 100-150 pounds body weight - again you need to crush these tablets and dissolve in a little hot water, cool and give orally.  You can mix the two together if you want.  I also add a little apple juice or other sweetened juice to disguise the taste.  You don't have to add much of the juice.  Hope this helps - let me know.  

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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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