Goats/Questions Answered by Expert Cheryl K. Smith

SubjectDate Asked
Fainting goat runny nose3/2/2017
  Q: We have a female goat who has had a constant runny nose since she was 2 days old. She has been ...
  A: It could be some other type of allergy, not seasonal. You can try giving some Benadryl syrup and see ...
goat with vaginal discharge2/5/2017
  Q: 3months ago 2yr old goat(Littlie) miscarried 6wk early babies had been dead for at least 10dys and ...
  A: I would wonder about another course of antibiotics. You can also give something like oxytetracycline ...
Goat Problems1/27/2017
  Q: I am a 14 yr. old girl and I have a 9 month old Alpine doeling who suddenly got skinny in the past ...
  A: Has she had a fecal exam to see if she has worms. Between the bad hay and that, it could cause ...
Goat acting in pain11/3/2016
  Q: I have a 5 year old Oberhasli doe who has been acting "off" since this morning. She is not eating, ...
  A: Have you run a CMT to look for subclinical mastitis? That is one possibility. Do you have banamine? ...
dry, cracked, swollen tail area10/22/2016
  Q: Can you give me any advice on how to get rid of a dry, cracked, swollen tail area problem? My goat ...
  A: Rita, I am sorry for the time lag on response. I didn't see your question. I am not really sure how ...
Goat acting aggressive and crying a lot10/14/2016
  Q: I had goats in the past and gave them up and am now starting over. June 1.2016, I bought an older ...
  A: A couple of ideas. Is there anyway to fence off part of your barn so they can be near but she cannot ...
Human vitamin dose9/20/2016
  Q: I have a 50lb boer buckling that was down and out with worms, terribly anemic and now appears to ...
  A: Belinda, My understanding is that the fortified vitamin B injectable is effective on goats because ...
Boer goat9/8/2016
  Q: Here are some pictures of my goats overnight sores and missing hair. I need some ideas what's going ...
  A: Is that the front leg? Is he in rut? It looks like urine scald from peeing on his legs, if it is a ...
bloated goat8/7/2016
  Q: I have a 4-5 month old pigmy goat cross that is bloated right to the legs...I was away this weekend, ...
  A: It is possible that it is worms. You could start with ivermectin or allbendazole. You give twice the ...
My goat needs help7/27/2016
  Q: I recently tried to save a goat because her utter was messed up and looks like it was cut open and ...
  A: This is the best time of year for hair loss because it is summer. It could be that the shock to her ...
Fainting goat Hairloss, and low belly with thin indented hips7/17/2016
  Q: We just bought an old run down Fainting goat. She was extremely afraid of people (I think due fears ...
  A: EJ, Some of them just end up looking like that. It does sound like you are doing right with the ...
Goats7/11/2016
  Q: I have a 4-h goat and I need to get him ready for show. And he has a little bit of a grass belly ...
  A: If it is just a large belly and not bloated, I am not sure that would harm him in the show. It is ...
goats are hoarse6/19/2016
  Q: My nieces twin goats were born on Easter Day (So 2 months old). Their mother accepted them both and ...
  A: First of all, are they dairy goats or meat goats? The reason I ask is that it is not necessary to ...
baby goat6/4/2016
  Q: I have a three week old baby goat that was doing good I had to bottle feed her .them out of the blue ...
  A: Martin, The first thing to do is make sure she is not on her side, but on her sternum (chest), even ...
goat baby disease5/27/2016
  Q: sir ihave goat baby which is suffering from knee swelling due which it left eating and drinking milk ...
  A: Tariq, This is most likely what is called navel ill, where bacteria get in through the umbilical ...
Ruminations on digital?5/1/2016
  Q: Cheryl, We've had goats in the past and are about to get our first ND doelings. Naturally, I want ...
  A: Sorry, Russ. No digital collection. That is a great idea and wish I had thought of it. I sent most ...
Sick goats4/17/2016
  Q: We have 3 mini Nigerian dwarfs that have runny noses and coughs. Been to the vet twice, and we would ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. I am just getting over the flu. Some people have had luck with giving Benadryl ...
First time for both of us4/14/2016
  Q: My first time freshener gave birth to triplets today. I have hand carried bowls of water to her and ...
  A: They have a different type of placenta and normally only one, but it is quite long and large. It is ...
swollen udders4/2/2016
  Q: My name is Rhonda and I have a doe that is constantly having a swollen udder. She just had gave ...
  A: Has she been tested for CAE virus? That can cause interstitial mastitis, which makes the udder hard. ...
saanen goat hair loss2/15/2016
  Q: I have a 2 yr 9 month old sight impaired neutered male goat. He resides in a 1 1/ 2 acre pasture ...
  A: Jeff, You can use something like BoSs pour-on for lice, or subcutaneous injection of ivermectin. ...
newborn goat2/14/2016
  Q: I have a newborn goat (@5 hours old) she is constantly sucking on the mothers teet. I do not "see" ...
  A: They will nurse frequently. You can tell by the activity of the baby and whether she is growing. Are ...
Baby goat1/27/2016
  Q: I have an eight day old baby goat the first day I brought him home I noticed his eyes was wet like ...
  A: Amy, It could be pinkeye, could be eye injury. Get a warm wet cloth and soak it to get the eye ...
Breeding our doe1/17/2016
  Q: we own a small Oberhasli dairy goat farm. We offer our bucks to breed only to the does that we have ...
  A: You could be describing my farm, except I have Oberians. I would say that the breeding did not take. ...
Kelp for my goats1/8/2016
  Q: We raise Oberhasli Diary Goats in the state of Virginia. They are raised in large pastures with ...
  A: I have had the same experience as you. I put it out free choice only intermittently, as they would ...
baby goats12/17/2015
  Q: i have baby male about a month old he was very health big for his age, and today he was very ...
  A: How old is he? Is he eating any grain or hay? Has his or the others food changed recently? Could he ...
baby goats grinding teeth12/4/2015
  Q: I have twin Nubian bucklings, 2.5 wks old that were disbudded by the breeder on Monday, 11/30, & ...
  A: Dee, I would think it is the same thing. Do you have more banamine and naxcel? I would call the ...
Vaginal discharge10/23/2015
  Q: I have a goat, Nigerian Dwarf, unk age, about 40 lbs, that was supposedly bred when purchased about ...
  A: Infection seems like a reasonable conclusion. I would take her temp to see whether she is developing ...
Butting wethers8/7/2015
  Q: I have never owned goats before the two I have now. I've bottle fed them from 3days old and they ...
  A: You are doing the right thing. I would use the squirt gun or a spray bottle. Never let the kids ...
goat/doe7/18/2015
  Q: I have a Fainter doe that is 12 years old. Never bred, always in good health but the last few days ...
  A: Dee, Without a necropsy, it is impossible to know. Possibility includes a vaginal tumor of some ...
sick billy7/7/2015
  Q: Have a sick billy. Only one in herd with 10 does that is ill . All have access to 3 pastures that ...
  A: cheryl, He may just be more prone to parasites than others. I would collect pellets and send it in ...
CLA6/5/2015
  Q: I have been told that if the CL breaks and it gets on wood it will stay on the wood forever. Is that ...
  A: It won't stay on wood forever. If you know where it got on the wood, I would recommend that you ...
goats5/21/2015
  Q: we have something that i've noticed recently a goat will start limping and then after couple of days ...
  A: Could they have hoof rot or founder? Have you checked their feet? The stargazing sounds like a ...
goat barn5/14/2015
  Q: we are going to build a new goat barn, and we were wondering what to make the floor of, whether ...
  A: Cement is really hard on the goats joints, so I would leave it dirt. If you will be milking, I ...
sick goat5/3/2015
  Q: 5/3/15 we have three pygmy goats 1-m, 2-f one of the females is not well. I am still new at this, ...
  A: Greg, What kinds of branches did you put in? With the vomiting it sounds like poisoning. Teeth ...
goat not chewing cud standing alone not eating hay4/30/2015
  Q: I have a 2yr old nigerian dwarf doe. She is not eating hay, does not chew her cud, and ears are ...
  A: Michel, Yes, it sounds as though she may have a fever, so the penicillin is probably warranted and ...
Goat kid scours4/16/2015
  Q: I have a 2 week old goat with diarrhea for almost a week. No temperature . Green watery . We cut her ...
  A: Allison, Do you know of a vet you can call? It sounds like an infection of some kind. It he ...
feeding4/12/2015
  Q: i was given a beautiful goat about 2 years ago,he wasnt feeling well took him to my vet and she said ...
  A: I assume you are talking about feeding incorrectly. Are these goats Wethers or does? If they are ...
Baby Goat4/10/2015
  Q: We have a goat that had 3 babies last night (one was born dead, 2 living does), the mother for the ...
  A: Yes, I would give them colostrum from the other doe. I think it is too late to get fluid out of the ...
drenching baby goats4/5/2015
  Q: We have two Nubian baby goats, a 5 wk old doeling and a 6 1/2 wk old castrated buckling purchased ...
  A: Rhonda, I totally understand your frustration and problem. I have experienced it too. What kind of ...
Baby Goat Constipation3/29/2015
  Q: I have a baby goat, approximately 2 weeks old, that is showing signs of constipation. He is hunched ...
  A: I use the warm soapy water enema method. Get a syringe (w/o needle)., put some lubricant on the ...
pygmy goat losing hair3/13/2015
  Q: I searched on the net why she is losing hair, response was she has a vitamin defisnency. I have ...
  A: Diane, What is her diet? Does she have a goat mineral block? Another possibility is that she has ...
sick newborn3/7/2015
  Q: I have a newborn Nigerian Dwarf buckling. he's 3 days old. He was the second kid born and also the ...
  A: Sometimes they are in the uterus in an odd position. My friends had one they initially called Twisty ...
pregnant nanny2/9/2015
  Q: My nanny goat has dried blood on her milk sack and mucous coming, but I see no kid. Searched the ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. We had a power outage all day. Has anything happened since? It is impossible to ...
swollen knees2/5/2015
  Q: My six year old alpine pet goat experiences stiffness on rising.Knees swollen.Appears healthy ...
  A: Has she been tested for CAE virus? That can cause arthritis. Other than banamine, which is rx, I am ...
unknown disease2/3/2015
  Q: there is symptom of 1-high fever 2- swelling of eye lids with lcarmal secreation 3- respiratory ...
  A: Anton, This is upper respiratory infection. It may be infectious to other goats. The goat with ...
show goat with splitting horns1/15/2015
  Q: My daughter is in the Ag program at school and she is currently raising her 3rd boar goat . He was ...
  A: Can you put a tarp on the side where the wind comes in? I am thinking about the fair, when we ...
2 wk old baby goat1/8/2015
  Q: I have a 2 wk old baby goat that was reject by momma and was brought to me to live. started it on ...
  A: I would suspect joint I'll. do you know if her cord was dipped in iodine at birth? It could be ...
Nigerian Dwarf doe, seems ill11/10/2014
  Q: I have a Nigerian dwarf doe approximately 3 yrs old, who seems ill. She may be pregnant, I saw her ...
  A: Sounds serious, especially if pregnant. What is her diet? How much grain does she usually get? Is ...
Sudden death10/31/2014
  Q: We are new goat owners. About a week ago, we got four males who were recently banded, about two ...
  A: Is it just one puncture? Could it be snake bite? If they were stressed I would expect to see other ...
contact crying10/27/2014
  Q: One of my female goats (only have 2 dwarf sisters0 is constantly screaming and crying today. Has ...
  A: I would bet that she is in heat. The tail wagging is called flagging. Some of them need a buck ...
doeling10/26/2014
  Q: we have this 5 to 6 months doeling, that have a lump on the left side where her jaw and throat meets ...
  A: Much less likely if she is weaned. (I guess I was thinking of my goats, whose mothers sometimes ...
Boer Goat just not himself today.10/10/2014
  Q: I have a Boer Goat Wether that is to be butchered Oct 14. He has had his tail down all day. I let ...
  A: I think the B complex was a good move. I would take his temp again and continue to keep an eye on ...
So many questions!!9/29/2014
  Q: I have a ton of questions and could use any guidance available! Today I took in 2 twin goat ...
  A: Get them some nipples at the feed store. They are yellow and red and screw on a pop bottle. Called ...
Nigerian Dwarf breeding, estrus9/18/2014
  Q: Nigerian Dwarf doe 3 years old never been around a buck or wether for that matter before .She sort ...
  A: That is called short-cycling. She may or may not be pregnant. The sperm from 5 days ago would not be ...
Doe died9/14/2014
  Q: We moved our goats about 900 miles last weekend. They have been in a barn, in stalls, since we ...
  A: Charlene, I am so sorry about your doe. That must have been a huge shock. Is there any chance she ...
CL9/12/2014
  Q: i found this really healthy goat in the herd that has an Abscess and its under her ear on the back ...
  A: The only way to verify it is CL is to have a sample sent to a lab. You need to isolate her so they ...
Pregnant Nanny8/25/2014
  Q: We have a pregnant doe of which has mastitis...she was on the road to recovery when she decided to ...
  A: How far along is she. I think you have no option but to use the antibiotics, especially in light of ...
goat bucks8/20/2014
  Q: my older buck and my younger buck developed a belly, they are not bloated its just they have a belly ...
  A: Not sure if this was a question or just info. Are they meat or dairy goats? If dairy, they do not ...
sinus infection8/20/2014
  Q: I have several kids (5-6 months old) that have runny noses, coughing, no fever, The discharge is ...
  A: Do you have dusty hay or another dust that may be causing it? Some people use benadryl syrup for ...
Doeling has stopped eating grain8/9/2014
  Q: I've read most of the posts on this site and another dealing with "goat stopped eating grain" and ...
  A: First of all I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I did not receive this until today. ...
None7/25/2014
  Q: Do you give your children pure goat milk? Does it suit infants? You once told me that your goats ...
  A: I give it to my grandchildren. They are breastfed for several years and then they get goat milk. ...
goat breathing7/24/2014
  Q: I have a 5 year old previously healthy goat. Struggling to breath through mouth.Making a strained ...
  A: Was this sudden? Could she have been stung by a bee or something? I would check for that. Do you ...
Newborn premie with fever7/4/2014
  Q: Our goat had twins late Wed, and they were about 2 weeks premature. We took them away from mama and ...
  A: She may just be too young to survive. If you have vit e capsules break one open for each kid and ...
None7/2/2014
  Q: 1. I had a cousin who, when he was a baby used to vomit after drinking buffalo milk. But after he ...
  A: 1. It is not a wise idea to add water to milk, as it limits the nutrition. Goat milk is more ...
goat in heat6/27/2014
  Q: we adopted a mommie goat and her daughter in feb of this year, i have read that goats only come into ...
  A: The earliest I have seen a goat in heat, here in Oregon, was July. And if you have no bucks around, ...
Cracked Hoof?6/10/2014
  Q: I'm a first time goat owner here and believe wen when I say I know I should have been more ...
  A: MegAnne, First thing is to trim his hooves to check for foot rot or a wound. (Unless you have done ...
None6/9/2014
  Q: Can one goat produce milk for an entire year? How should one keep goats for milk production ...
  A: Jem. If they have proper nutrition, goats can produce for more than a year. I have a goat that I ...
goats with cough6/6/2014
  Q: we have alpine dairy goats. 3 kids that are 2-3 months old have a cough and sound congested at ...
  A: There are many reasons that goats can cough, from dusty hay, to seasonal allergy, to penumonia. It ...
weight loss5/30/2014
  Q: I have a 3 year old nigerian dwarf male. He has had diahreah for the past few weeks. And is starting ...
  A: Are you treating him for the diarrhea? If not, I would get some kaolin pectin and treat him with ...
None5/24/2014
  Q: 1. Like dogs, do goats need to be exercised? 2. What is the minimum requirement of area for a goat ...
  A: Goats need exercise, but usually get it themselves. If they are in a limited space, each goat is ...
Response after deworming5/22/2014
  Q: How long after an "effective" deworming can one expect to see previously loose stools firm up. My ...
  A: I would expect a change within a day or so. I don't think there is a set period of time, because ...
None5/15/2014
  Q: I've often heard that goat milk is better than cow milk, but 2nd to sheep milk. But a cousin of mine ...
  A: Goat milk is not "stinky" unless you raise the females with the males. My goats give great sweet ...
None5/14/2014
  Q: 1. From the majority of people's point of view, which animal has the more delicious milk? Sheep or ...
  A: Jem. 1. I think most people prefer goat milk to sheep milk, considering that more people drink it. ...
4 month old with polio5/13/2014
  Q: Well we lost our battle Mothers Day night. She was just going down hill too much. Then she would ...
  A: Rick, Thanks for letting me know. I know it was a hard loss. It is so difficult to figure out when ...
lamb won't drink from bottle5/12/2014
  Q: We have a one week old Nubian kid that we are trying to bottle feed because she is one of triplets ...
  A: Have you given her or her did you give her mother BoSe? I am wondering about white muscle disease as ...
4 month with what we think is polio5/7/2014
  Q: Had to start our conversation over, because I couldn't figure out how to respond to your questions. ...
  A: Let me know when she seems to be improving. Do you have Goat Health Care? On page 151 is a ...
Ill/unhappy looking pygmy goat5/4/2014
  Q: We have a two year old female pygmy goat. We had her bred for the first time end of Feb and ever ...
  A: I don't think it is caused by the pregnancy if it started right away. And it is too early for her to ...
boer goat (maybe)5/3/2014
  Q: I started out with 4 male goats. I lost the lead goat about 6 weeks ago. They are all the same age ...
  A: I recommend the water gun or sprayer. Is he a wether or a buck? Hopefully a wether, otherwise you ...
3 month old with what we think is polio?4/30/2014
  Q: We have been treating this goat for about 4 weeks now and even got a second opinion. Today was the ...
  A: It is recommended to treat for listeriosis and polio at the same time, just to cover both bases. Get ...
1 day old limp kid urgent4/29/2014
  Q: New kid arrived yesterday afternoon. Nanny cleaned her but could not get her to nurse. Front legs ...
  A: Did she get colostrum? That is essential to her immune system. If not, it may be late, but try to ...
kid goat4/23/2014
  Q: I have heard a lot of people are having great success with using whole cows milk with their bottle ...
  A: The health risk would be the cows passing Johnes disease. I have not heard of that happening. But I ...
None4/22/2014
  Q: I have an area which is 30' to 60' feet and in it, I wish to keep some goats for a good supply of ...
  A: The standard is 15-20 feet per goat. I think no more than 3 goats, but you could get a lot of milk ...
Scours in kid goats.4/21/2014
  Q: Im having trouble with scours in a kid goat. I have tried everything including, Pulling all grain ...
  A: It sounds like you have done just about everything you should. How old is the kid? How bad are the ...
listless little buck4/21/2014
  Q: I have a little buck who is now 3 weeks old. I have had him for 2 weeks now, been feeding him kid ...
  A: You should be alarmed. Grinding teeth is a sign of pain. He may have coccidiosis, one of the most ...
nubian goat kid with swollen knee4/18/2014
  Q: I have a male Nubian kid that is almost a year old. he broke his left leg back in January. he got ...
  A: I wonder whether it is stressed due to overusing that leg. Unless you have been giving banamine or ...
Disbudding infection?4/10/2014
  Q: I just bought a seven week old nubian. I noticed he had scurs, the lady said she had disbudded him ...
  A: It looks like if there are scurs they will be small and not be a problem. Often they just fall off ...
Mites4/8/2014
  Q: how can you tell if your goat has mites?
  A: Here is a good overview of mites: http://www.goatbiology.com/mites.html You can get a skin scraping ...
Baby Goat Disbudding Problems3/30/2014
  Q: I'm Matti :) My 3 year old doe recently had 3 kids. 2 bucklings and 1 doeling..anyways I took them ...
  A: It is not normal. It means that she was burned too long and developed some swelling. I have had this ...
Goat with diarrhea3/29/2014
  Q: All was well with our 6 goats. I did change the feed on Monday, but its the same pellet just mixed ...
  A: I would suspect the feed change. Withhold the pellets. I usually start with giving kaolin pectin ...
watery mattery eyes3/27/2014
  Q: I have a small herd of boar cross goats that for the last week they are getting watery mattery eyes ...
  A: It could be a simple cold or virus. I have had a number of goats getting cruddy eyes after kidding, ...
himroid in goat3/22/2014
  Q: Have a 4yr old pygmy doe that just had a very difficult delivery 1breech. Had to be pulled out 2nd ...
  A: May have been caused by pushing with no success. Other than keeping the area clean, I would leave it ...
Baby goat just splays legs out3/19/2014
  Q: I bought a bottle baby boer goat....first mistake....at night...second mistake. The baby looks ...
  A: How old is this goat? My initial thought is white muscle disease. The treatment is vitamin E and ...
Goat kid3/18/2014
  Q: I have a 12 week Sanaan Billie that is intact. I went out this morning to feed the animals and he ...
  A: I don't think CAE virus would show up this soon. The first thought I had was meningeal worm. Google ...
sick goat3/5/2014
  Q: I have a 3 year old Nubian/Boer cross doe (not bred) who is experiencing a bit of bloating, loose ...
  A: Sorry for the delay, been at work all day. Make sure she has lots of water. The blood is a little ...
GOAT PROBS3/13/2013
  Q: I have a Milk Goat that is having problems walking and keeping her balance. I believe her to be ...
  A: What is she eating? Could she have gotten some moldy hay? Eaten bracken fern? Google polio and ...
Goat can't get up3/10/2013
  Q: We have a 4 yr Nigerian dwarf weather. Due to an injury when he was a kid, he has a lame hind leg, ...
  A: I would give him fortified B complex or thiamine, in case it might be polio. Is the vet expert in ...
baby goats with allergies3/10/2013
  Q: We have twin goats that both have runny eyes and noses. Is is safe to give allergy medicines like ...
  A: Liquid Benadryl syrup is best. Also, keep a close ear on their lungs and breathing to make sure they ...
Bad Goat Diarrhea3/9/2013
  Q: My pregnant doe has diarrhea that has a real foul smell and is not eating and very close to ...
  A: Has she been dewormed? I am also concerned it may be coccidiosis. Firsst give pepto bismol, deworm. ...
no milk3/4/2013
  Q: I have a healthy boer doe that has kidded with twice with healthy triplets however she does not ...
  A: Strangely enough, none of the goat books seems to address this, not even Goat Medicine, which was ...
angora goats3/3/2013
  Q: My goats had a lice outbreak, the male looks good but the female has flaky itchy skin and is still ...
  A: Yes, it is safe. Most people give the syrup, with a dose of 15-20 ml for an adult goat. You could ...
Stiff necked goat2/27/2013
  Q: I have a 3 year old LaMancha goat that just kidded about three weeks ago. I added sun flower seed ...
  A: I would lean toward a traumatic injury in the absence of other signs. I don't think it has anything ...
ivermectin, penecilin and multivitamin injection in pergnant goat safe?2/27/2013
  Q: we are currently in the Gambia, West Africa. Our pregnant goat just delivered a dead baby goat. Last ...
  A: I am so sorry about losing your little kid. It doesn't sound like the cause of death was the ...
Stillborn kids2/26/2013
  Q: This is my first goat kidding, and I am a little emotional. I have a very sweet Boar that started ...
  A: I am so sorry for your loss. Its really hard to lose kids,. I wonder if she was in distress with the ...
doe in severe pain after running2/25/2013
  Q: One of our does began screaming and going to the ground on our walk home tonight. She seemed to also ...
  A: I would agree with you that torsion or a similar intestinal problem is what is going on. Has she ...
kid goats born with tumors2/24/2013
  Q: .. both moms had twines and all kids were born dead with tumors ???? we had give him our billy to ...
  A: It is unlikely that this was something wrong with the buck. I would wonder about what moms ate or ...
joint building supplements for goat's2/20/2013
  Q: Our two and a half week old goat has been limping and falling. We took him back to the breeder and ...
  A: What did they think is wrong with him? Are his legs in pain? I would give him 1/8 to 1/4 cc of ...
Doe not right after kidding2/20/2013
  Q: My 4 year old doe kidded 2 days ago with twin bucks and passed her afterbirth. However, she isn't ...
  A: I would start her on antibiotics and banamine, if you have it. Oxytetracycline is good for uterine ...
1 month old goat not eating well2/20/2013
  Q: I have two month old goats that we've been bottle feeding since they were 3-4 days old. They were ...
  A: Is it two one month old goats or two two month old? That could affect my answer. I would get the ...
Nubian Goat - Hard getting up2/17/2013
  Q: I attempted to reply on the experts web site but could not do it. -Some of his symptoms were ...
  A: He isn't really all that old for a wether. Sadly, there is no cure for CAE. You just have to keep ...
Lost 4 day old baby goat...devastated!2/17/2013
  Q: I recently was given 2 Nigerian goats, which I was told were both baby girls. Turned out one was a ...
  A: I am sorry for your Loss. Your story made me cry. Do not blame yourself, first of all. I wonder if ...
newborn goat2/16/2013
  Q: Our goat delivered triplets about 2 hours ago. The first was breech, we delivered him and he is ...
  A: She needs colostrum asap. Do you have a feeding tube? I dont know what pcn is. She needs moms milk. ...
Nubian goat, weight loss + hard to get up2/16/2013
  Q: we have a 7.5yr old nubian wether who for the last 2 weeks has not been able to get up on his own. ...
  A: I have been pondering your questions, and I have some for you. Why do you think he has meningeal ...
rescue goat developing udder2/15/2013
  Q: I bought a nubian female goat from an auction 3 months ago. She was very thin and in poor health. We ...
  A: It could be what is known as a precocious udder. Meaning that she is not pregnant. Don't try to milk ...
young goat kids2/14/2013
  Q: I have two gorgeous little boer goat kid girls here (and their triplet brother) They were all born ...
  A: My experience has been that they often stay smaller if they don't get 3-4 months of nursing on their ...
Goat w/dead baby2/11/2013
  Q: My Nubian had her 1st kid this morning and it was dead. By 6;PM she seemed distressed. No other kid ...
  A: Don't be too hard on yourself. We do the best we can in the circumstances, and are always learning. ...
pygmy lost twins2/8/2013
  Q: Can I get some bottle babys for her to adopt. She so said and crys for them.
  A: There is no guarantee she will like them and most goats will not adopt other kids. I would milk her. ...
baby goats2/7/2013
  Q: We have syrup tubs out for our sheep and the baby goats have been eating this, now they have ...
  A: What are syrup tubs? I would give them some kaolin pectin or pepto bismol and some probiotics to see ...
goat swallowing and regurgitates.2/6/2013
  Q: I have two 2 year old female Nubian mix goats which I purchased last Spring. One has always eaten ...
  A: It is abnormal for a goat to regurgitate. She has an obstruction of some kind. It may be getting ...
newborn male goat2/2/2013
  Q: We have a newborn male, mixed breed, goat that is 72 hours old and he will not suckle the mother, a ...
  A: Give him 1/8 cc of Bose. Could be white muscle disease, or lack of selenium/vitamin E. If you do not ...
polio or list....1/30/2013
  Q: Our female goat has one of these. Treated her with penicillin and b shots this afternoon. Starting ...
  A: Sorry for the delay. Too much work. I would do it for at least a week. If you could get some ...
buck suddenly turned aggressive on me1/28/2013
  Q: I just got back from the emergency room - my beloved buck suddenly became aggressive and gored me. ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about that. This is still breeding season, so he is in rut and as you found out, ...
Pregnant goat1/28/2013
  Q: I'm concerned about my 3 year old Nubian doe. She had what appeared to be a successful breeding. We ...
  A: Can you feel her kids when you feel her sides? Is she eating, drinking and acting normally? I am ...
Problem with Milk Dropping1/26/2013
  Q: My doe required an emergency c-section as I and the vet could not deliver the twin babies normally. ...
  A: You can try feeding some lactogenic foods to help with the milk, also plenty of water. Plus keep ...
goats and sheep1/24/2013
  Q: maggie may, a 2 yo angora goat is being stalked by a 5 yo churro weathered sheep. he is obsessed by ...
  A: Is there anyway you can separate them? He needs to be isolated. If you have the time, you can stalk ...
Lump in both cheeks of Pygmy goat nanny1/24/2013
  Q: I have a pygmy doe that had a lump in one cheek. Her coat was rough and stiff so I wormed her she ...
  A: My first thought is caseous lymphadenitis. Has she been tested for that? If you have, a picture, it ...
Sore mouth1/22/2013
  Q: Goats just all of a sudden have shown up with this virus. Unfortunately the ones that have it just ...
  A: You may want to separate and bottle feed the kids. If they get it they can infect mom's udder. ...
sick milking doe1/19/2013
  Q: my female goat had her kid on jan 2 2013. has had no problems so far. yesterday she was fine and ...
  A: Do you have some pepto bismol? I would get that into her to try to stop the diarrhea. I would also ...
Goats udder1/18/2013
  Q: i have a goat that just gave birth today, one side of her udder is working the other is hard as a ...
  A: Has she been tested for CAE virus. That is the most common cause of hard udder. You can try hot ...
pegnat goat due lastnight or today1/14/2013
  Q: my pygmy Judith is due today but I've stayed up all night and she is dripping milk but no kids yet ...
  A: You should either call a vet or wash your hand really well, use a lubricant like ky jelly, and feel ...
Goat in pain in stomach1/14/2013
  Q: I have a year old male Boer goat and for some reason to night he would not eat his feed. Then about ...
  A: Is he peeing? The most common cause of such behavior is urinary stones, especially if it is cold and ...
swollen neck1/12/2013
  Q: My buck got is head in a fence. he had been there a few hrs it was slightly turned and at some point ...
  A: Goat Health Care has a remedy for pain: one cup warm water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tsp sugar or ...
Lump on a goat1/9/2013
  Q: Ahuva is a 7 y old goat and has just had her 5 th successful pregnancy and delivery. After the ...
  A: Michael, Sorry for the delay. I needed to research this. It doesn't sound like caseous ...
Boer Kids1/8/2013
  Q: Our doe had 3 kids. The first 2 had no hair. The next morning she had the 3rd baby. His Thyroids are ...
  A: Do it every week for a while, but you also need to get a goat mineral for your goats immediately, if ...
skinny goat and pregnant doe questions..1/7/2013
  Q: I have a buck goat that is a little over a yr old. He has always been a little on the skinny side ...
  A: I would get some valbazen and deworm him again. You give it orally over the back of the tongue at ...
color of goat urine1/7/2013
  Q: I have three castrated bucks who are a little under 2 years old. They are basicly brush eating ...
  A: You are the second person to ask about this in the past week. Theotherperson also was feeding pine ...
yearling new mother blood in udder1/6/2013
  Q: I have a yearling mix breed doe that had a kid yeserday un expectedly after we found her and the ...
  A: Mike, The yellow stuff is colostrum. It has all he antibodies and nutrients the any needs to ...
Pregnant Goat with many issues1/6/2013
  Q: We have a very prenent goat with watery stool, a discolored tongue and her bones are sticking out. ...
  A: Has she been dewormed? What is her diet? Is her activity level normal. Get he some probiotics, ...
Goats1/5/2013
  Q: We have a female bore goat who had a still born - her milk is still producing - is there a drying ...
  A: If she is tame enough, I would milk out some colostrum to save for possible future orphans or ...
laurels toxic?1/4/2013
  Q: Are English Laurels and other types of laurels toxic to goats? Thanks!
  A: Sorry fore the delay. I can find that mountain laurel can be cyanide producing and therefore ...
coughing goat1/4/2013
  Q: My pregnant goat started coughing today. She is also breathing a little heavey. That should I do.
  A: Get a vet to prescribe some naxcel. Is she bottle feeding? Make sure she is eating and drinking ...
Baby Goat wont stand up1/1/2013
  Q: My wife is back in the Philippines for a visit for a couple of months. Her Aunts goat and a litter ...
  A: I would get some selenium from a vet ad give te goat 1/2 cc SQ. white muscle disease? Google it. I ...
goats bowel movements seem to be compacted instead of normal1/1/2013
  Q: What can I do? She has lost weight and desnt seem to eat well at times. Have given an antibiotic, ...
  A: How. Old is the goat? Get some good browse to strengthen the rumen. Even wheat straw is roughage ...
rearing goat kid1/1/2013
  Q: I am worried about one of three goat kids I am rearing.It coughs after feeding even though the ...
  A: Put your head on her side and listen to her lungs. Take her temp. This will give you guidance as to ...
pet goat getting sicker and sicker12/30/2012
  Q: We have one female pet goat.(live on a mini farm, bought a pair, but the boy died shortly after we ...
  A: What is the penicillin dose you are giving. It should be twice a day. Also I am confused as to why ...
Goat down for 24 hrs due any moment help12/13/2012
  Q: Older Goat very pregnant.Has been laying down for 24 hrs.Gave her Molasses water ,30 cc goatpower ...
  A: Margaret, I just got this in the morning, so I hope it is not too late. Is she in labor? It sounds ...
goat kidding question12/11/2012
  Q: Ok, so I have an older pygmy who has had numerous kids. I use to have a male, but when he died I ...
  A: I would suspect a false pregnancy or precocious udder. It is not normal to bag up and lose the milk ...
sick MaMa Goat12/9/2012
  Q: First, we started out with NO goat knowledge 6 months ago and we are learning fast, I just pray fast ...
  A: Use penicillin if that is all you have. Many bacteria are resistant to it. 6 ml per 100 lbs. sq ...
goat with scours and is pregnat12/5/2012
  Q: my goat is pregnant and she has scours is lying down all the time she is not eating or drinking ...
  A: Yes, this is very bad for her. She will get dehydrated. If you can you need to get a vet to give her ...
lumps12/5/2012
  Q: my goat has lumps in her teets. we gave antibiotic for 4 days with no change. dosn't seem tender. ...
  A: Try that for a week or so. If you see no change, let me know and I will do some further ...
sick goat12/1/2012
  Q: My nanny is about 3 years old, she had 2 kids last March and she was really fat. She evidently got ...
  A: This is a situation where you need to get a vet to give her an iv. Try another dewormer, also give ...
6 mo pigmy won't eat hay11/29/2012
  Q: He eats leaves and twigs, no problem. And about 1 and 1/2 cups goat chow in a.m. He will go in the ...
  A: If he is hungry enough he will eat it. If he is a wether, he shouldn't be eating goat chow, at least ...
scouring11/28/2012
  Q: My sannaan goat Lola is pretty much always scouring to some degree and looks skinny and wormy but i ...
  A: Has she been tested for Johne's disease? It can cause chronic diarrhea, and you could eventually ...
Doe had kids premature, she seems to be feeling bad11/19/2012
  Q: My goat, who is a little over a year old, seemed to go from healthy, to very sickly overnight. We ...
  A: Ideally, you should take her to a vet to be checked out. If you cannot do that, you should give her ...
Tight leg ligament11/18/2012
  Q: I have a six month old male nubian goat that has a swollen front knee joint and his ligament looks ...
  A: Could he have injured the leg at all? You should talk to your vet and get some banamine for the ...
udder in a kid.11/10/2012
  Q: .for some reason i couldnt use follow up for your last response about my 2 week old kid with an ...
  A: The precocious udder went away within a year, without breeding. I would get a spray bottle and ...
nursing doe11/9/2012
  Q: my pygmy goat had to have a c-section. she looks ok and the kid is doing good but the doe seems ...
  A: Yes, you can give her some aspirin. Give her a whole one, or even 1.5, but make sure you give it ...
Angora Goat both horns just came off11/7/2012
  Q: My female 3 year Angora goat just had both horns come off today. The first one broke off and I was ...
  A: Tami, I would be wondering whether this is a nutritional deficiency that is affecting the skin as ...
baby goat horns bleeding11/1/2012
  Q: I am fairly new with goats. I have a baby about 6mo. old, about half way down on both horns i found ...
  A: What antibiotic and what dosage? You ae doing the right thing by treating her. Don't put anything on ...
goat plasenta problem10/26/2012
  Q: Ay am form aruba have problems wiht my goats lost 3 in okt the plasentas stay in the babys are oke ...
  A: The cause can be infection, such as toxoplasmosis, or a deficiency of selenium. You can give a shot ...
dirt eating kid10/26/2012
  Q: I have a 3 day old kid who seems healthy enough but only suckles for a few seconds at a time and ...
  A: As long as she is eating frequently, short periods of nursing are common. I often see kids eating ...
Bent legs on newborn goat9/27/2012
  Q: Goat is 5 days old. Mom was in labor a long time and first born dead. Second OK and this is 3rd ...
  A: Page 86 has the picture and instructions, although that goat had problems with the back legs. I ...
drooling baby goat9/26/2012
  Q: I have a 6mo La Mancha doeling that started out as a lazy nurser and acted like she had a stuffy ...
  A: Barbara, Has she seen a vet, or is this something you treated? When you said she had a round of ...
terramycin9/22/2012
  Q: Been looking everywhere and the best i can find are capsules 250 , 0r 500 mg . Living in Canada ...
  A: I have had a concern about some people advising too low a dose of penicillin. That's terrible the ...
Mastitis9/22/2012
  Q: how are you ? I have a very stubborn case of mastitis in one of my goats . I did the CMT , And ...
  A: Sounds rather nightmarish! You really need to get a milk sample to a lab for culture and ...
Boer goats9/18/2012
  Q: Hi I have had several deaths in the last 2 months my goats simply go numb in ththere back legs and ...
  A: This could be polio or listeria. Google those two and you will find an article describing them and ...
lesions9/16/2012
  Q: We sought your advice once before online and you were most helpful. We are seeking help once again. ...
  A: Mark, Sorry for the time lag. I had to give this a little thought and do some research. My answers ...
Pygmy goat is showing signs of not feeling well9/16/2012
  Q: I recently agreed to temporarily keep a 2 year old whether with my herd for a neighbor. We had bred ...
  A: Get him some browse or wheat straw to help stimulate his rumen. I would also give baking soda, ...
swollen chest9/14/2012
  Q: I have a friend that has a goat with a swollen area on her chest the size of an orange, she is 9 ...
  A: Was fluid from the swelling tested for CL? That would be the only way to definitely tell that it ...
goats9/14/2012
  Q: We just adopted three goats on older weathered one and two small ones. The older on had started ...
  A: Get a spray bottle and spray him in the face with water. Stay out of hills way. Reward him for good ...
mastitis9/9/2012
  Q: just a quick update on my mastic does . Ellie has appeared to have recovered fully , but still has ...
  A: You can dry Ellie up once you are done with the treatment. I haven't had to deal with this before, ...
Mastitis9/8/2012
  Q: i have a recurring mastitis in 2 of my does . One i have been treating for this past week with ...
  A: I also prefer the oxytetracycline to penicillin. I think it is more effective and I like giving ...
goat cant stand9/6/2012
  Q: Female Nubian goat, adult, approx. 100 pounds (not sure). The other day I noticed my sons goat ...
  A: I apologize for the delay in getting back to you. I have had a horrible flu for the past week. ...
Goat Chow9/1/2012
  Q: How much Purina Goat Chow should I feed, per goat and how often? I have a 17 pound Nigerian kid and ...
  A: I would give them none. They really do not need it unless pregnant, lactating or in bad condition ...
Nutri-Drench?8/29/2012
  Q: I have a young goat who is uninterested in his feed. We just recently bought him, so the Vet thinks ...
  A: Yes, just pump it into his mouth. Also, get him some browse or even wheat straw to eat. The ...
Breeding8/28/2012
  Q: We just purchased two 5mo Nigerian Dawrf goats about 3 weeks ago. We wanted to get into breeding but ...
  A: You need to call the vet and get some lutalyse. Then give it to the doeling after 10 days. This will ...
banding 6month buckling8/28/2012
  Q: I am getting a new bucking and would like to band him he is a Nigerian dwarf and is about 6 months ...
  A: I would be hesitant to band a six month old goat. I guess it would depend on the size and whether ...
how to get friendly goats8/20/2012
  Q: I've heard that if I want people-friendly goats, I have to take them from their dams and bottle feed ...
  A: I believe that it is best to let their dams nurse them. That is the most natural way to go and it ...
is my boer kid sick?8/20/2012
  Q: my baby boer goat is just laying around shes been eating and drinking but she just seems really weak ...
  A: Give her a little pepto bismol or kaolin pectin to get the poo back to normal berries. What does she ...
coughing goats with white snoty noses8/17/2012
  Q: Hi I have a small herd of nigerian dwarfs now I've just recently brought them from two state ga and ...
  A: I have a few questions: is their feed or hay dusty? Have you listened to their lungs and are they ...
Goat has mucus dripping out of her mouth with a non productive cough8/16/2012
  Q: I purchased an Oberhasli doe 2 weeks ago. She was in very poor condition, very skinny, ribs, hips ...
  A: Have you listened to her lungs? I would be concerned that she has some kind of pneumonia. Seems ...
aggressive female/newly introduced buck8/16/2012
  Q: We have two female (sisters) Boer goats, about 1 1/2 years old. We just bought a male Nubian to ...
  A: I would keep him in an adjacent area, at first. I wonder if when she goes into heat, she will change ...
mastitis8/16/2012
  Q: I have 2 alpine does that freshened in March, weighing 150 pounds each. They both had mastitis on ...
  A: If it were me, I would consider giving a different antibiotic, such as penicillin or ...
stillborn goats8/11/2012
  Q: We raise fullblood and % Boer goats We have had 4 babies stillborn and all of them have had large ...
  A: The only way to definitely tell is a necropsy. If you have any more of these, you should get one ...
Drastic milk production drop. Please help.8/11/2012
  Q: We have a two year old mini-oberhasli who was freshened a few months ago. We bought her about a ...
  A: You don't mention what you are feeding her. Is she eating all right? Is her poop normal. Is she ...
doe with swollen udders8/8/2012
  Q: I have a 4 year old doe with swollen udders not warm looks like she needs milked never been with a ...
  A: It is called a maiden milker or precocious udder. It happens to some does, especially from high milk ...
goat constipation8/4/2012
  Q: i've been bottle feeding a Nigerian dwarf the dam rejected. she was doing great for about a week ...
  A: What are you feeding her? I would take her off the milk for a day and give electrolytes. Also give a ...
Goat cut leg8/3/2012
  Q: My pregnant goat got her leg wedged between some corrugated steel (upper) and a piece of wood lower. ...
  A: Just check it every few days, put on clean bandage. If t appears hot or is infected, give injectable ...
goat coughing8/2/2012
  Q: You have helped me a couple of times now and I need your expertise again :) I have a 7 year old doe ...
  A: Amanda, There are so many reasons for coughing. (There is a short chapter in Goat Health Care on it) ...
Lame baby pygmy goats8/1/2012
  Q: This is our fourth pygmy kid to have this problem. It starts lame in the left front leg, just ...
  A: Find out from the vet what bacteria were found. Are there any problems with the adults? Do the moms ...
Sick/Dead Goats8/1/2012
  Q: Have a 5 month old Nubian cross goat that has scabs/warts around mouth and all over ears and lots on ...
  A: I would wonder if the second problem was coccidiosis. The age is right and it can kill kids fast. ...
goat hurt leg7/30/2012
  Q: I have a boar goat, not wanting to put weight on front leg. she was butted by another goat at ...
  A: You are doing the right things. You could also ice the swollen area a couple times a day. And talk ...
swollen face7/26/2012
  Q: Although I see that another question has been asked about a swollen face on a boer doe, I was ...
  A: What dewormers did you use? This may be bottle jaw, caused by certain parasites. How do the gums and ...
beginings of a cough7/23/2012
  Q: I bought a 2 yr. old female pygmy goat for a compainon goat for a younger one I have for a pet 1 ...
  A: A lot of times these things do run their course. Goats can get allergies, too. And there is also ...
Male Goat Rectal Prolasped7/23/2012
  Q: 2 years old male and on Friday night when i went to check on them i noticed he was Bleating loud and ...
  A: I would contact a vet. If you cannot do that, give some milk of magnesia to see if that will get his ...
sick goat7/23/2012
  Q: I had a 10 year old goat that couldn's chew his cud & his stomach made all kinds of noise. He lost a ...
  A: But we're these different sounds than normal. Sometimes they have teeth problems that prevent them ...
red urine7/21/2012
  Q: I have a neutered 4 mth old alpine goat and we have noticed that in the morning when we get up ...
  A: Annette, I would be concerned that he might be getting urinary calculi. I would drop the grain ...
High altitude goat herding7/19/2012
  Q: What are the best breeds to consider for our high altitude ranch? We have just purchased 70 acres of ...
  A: Have you heard of the Spanish goat? They have cashmere rather than angora and are good meat goats. ...
freshening goat7/18/2012
  Q: i have a 5 year old doe , french alpine , that is pregnant with her first . She is about 145 days ...
  A: No, this is not normal. I would be tempted to go inside and check her to make sure there isn't a ...
goats and cherrys7/17/2012
  Q: I've read your book, raising goats for dummies and I have a specific question about cherry trees. ...
  A: If you go to ivis.org, they have a lot of poison plant info online. You can register free. I ...
Doe ill7/17/2012
  Q: I rescue two does a week ago. Both were doing seemingly well. I wormed them and dusted them with an ...
  A: Do you know what is in the pasture? Could she have eaten a poison plant? Give baking soda free ...
Breeding Pygmies7/16/2012
  Q: Please can you advise me what to do. I have 5 pygmies. The one Buck is now on heat and chases her ...
  A: You have to separate him immediately. I would also get some lutalyse from a vet and give injections ...
weaning bottle babies7/16/2012
  Q: I have an alpine doe and buckling.. the doe should be around 12 weeks and the buck about 8 weeks... ...
  A: They don't need any grain. Sounds lke they have plenty of food. More important is a mineral block ...
estimating adult size of crossbred wethers7/15/2012
  Q: I've read and enjoyed your Goats for Dummies...I've wanted a couple of Pygmy wethers for years and ...
  A: My thinking is that you should stick with your idea of the pygmies, because they are easier to ...
massive fast growing growth7/14/2012
  Q: we have a nutered mature mail boer mix goat that has developed a fast growing abcess or growth on ...
  A: The most likely thing it would be is an abscess. Goats get these very easily, from wood, or other ...
hairloss7/14/2012
  Q: I have a very interesting case of hairloss in an older female goat. The hair loss is about a two ...
  A: Do you havea picture? What is their feeding area like? This doesn't sound like any condition I have ...
Pygmy is losing patches of hair7/13/2012
  Q: I bought a Pygmy doe and her 2 kids recently, they've been doing great with grazing, hay and a ...
  A: It does sound like lice or mites. I am seeing this in my bucks this year, although they look healthy ...
cough7/12/2012
  Q: I have a 7 week old lamancha/alpine mix doe. We've had her since she's been about a week old. She ...
  A: I have an article on coughing in Goat Health Care, because there are so many possible causes. does ...
White kid goat walking on knees7/10/2012
  Q: My daughter bought a female White goat and a kid. The seller assured her the kid did not belong to ...
  A: Discontinuing a rich diet is good advice. You only need to give grain to lactating and pregnant ...
3 month old buckling with diarreah7/9/2012
  Q: 2 days ago my 3 month old buckling started to have bright green diarrhea. I have had something ...
  A: Get him to drink electrolytes. Google "homemade electrolytes goats" to get a recipe if you have ...
Sick Pygmy7/2/2012
  Q: My goat is very sluggish laying on his side a lot. When he is up he barely moves and struggles to ...
  A: Get him some woody branches, leaves, whatever local browse you have. Even wheat straw. Listen on his ...
BABY GOAT6/28/2012
  Q: I BOUGHT A BABY GOAT NOT KNOWING THAT IT NEEDED TO BE BOTTLE FED I WAS WANTING TO KNOW HOW OFTEN DO ...
  A: Michelle, I am sorry that the seller was so irresponsible. Here is a web link with instructions for ...
goat anemia6/28/2012
  Q: ..My husband and I are new to raising goats and we've encountered a problem with a buck kid ...
  A: I would stop the grain immediately and instead find him some browse/rough/tree branches, etc. Give ...
goat not eating6/28/2012
  Q: i have five goats all together. but im worried about my youngest two. there twins, a female named ...
  A: Amanda, Take their temps, listen to their lungs and listen for rumen sounds. Get them some roughage, ...
baby doe not pooping6/26/2012
  Q: I am taking care of a week old baby goat. I have her on fresh goats milk, she does not eat much only ...
  A: As long as she is acting normal and not looking bloated, then she is not constipated. If you are ...
Rescued goats6/25/2012
  Q: I just rescued 2 four month old goats - a male nigerian and a female pygmy mix. They have not been ...
  A: First, buy Raising Goats for Dummies for all the basics. They do not need goat chow or alfalfa. ...
Nubien male hair loss6/24/2012
  Q: He is losing hair on the top of his neck and stomps his foot quite often. He is in a green pasture ...
  A: Has he been dewormed lately? If not, do that. He gets twice the cattle dose of most dewormers, ...
2 year boer6/24/2012
  Q: I have a 2 year old male Boer who is bloated. He is up to date with his vaccinations and when I rub ...
  A: You can make him walk, massage his abdomen, giving him some baking soda and see if he will eat some ...
drags right rear leg6/23/2012
  Q: i have a 4 to 5 month old goat buck dragging hind leg . i had 2 young buck and young doe together ...
  A: As you have found, it isn't safe to put a buckling in with bucks. Isolate hom in a stall for now to ...
partial swollen utter6/22/2012
  Q: I have a Boer doe that I have weaned her kids about 3 weeks ago along with other does and kids. All ...
  A: Yes, try milking it out. If it seems hard, you can also apply warm compresses or use a peppermint ...
Lungworm6/21/2012
  Q: I'm pretty sure our 4 month old Nigerian Dwarf doeling has lungworm. She has a dry cough that comes ...
  A: Use valbazen at twice the cow dose for 3 consecutive days., then repeat in 14 days. Many parasites ...
Pygmy female acting lethargic6/21/2012
  Q: I have a pygmy female (possibly pregnant but not far enough along to be delivering)that has been ...
  A: It could be stress from being chased. Tell him next time to take a little grain in a bowl to lure ...
boer goat6/19/2012
  Q: I raise Boer Goats. I had a 2 year old female, twins on the ground last January. no complications. ...
  A: Any chance it could be bottle jaw from parasites? When we're goats dewormed? Have you checked ...
sick kid with white mouth6/15/2012
  Q: I have a 9 week old buck kid that I've raised after his mother died. He has a twin doe. I've ...
  A: White mouth usually indicates a yeast infection. I would give yogurt or probiotics, but would also ...
Sick 2 year old Nubian6/12/2012
  Q: One of our young male wether Nubians has a long standing runny nose, (clear to milky in color), and ...
  A: For some reason my questions have not been sent, so this response is late. I apologize. I think ...
sick goat6/11/2012
  Q: I sure hope you can give me some insight into what is wrong with our big strong Nubian,Pepper. Signs ...
  A: Renee, I am so sorry about your goat. It is hard to accept such a diagnosis. I don't know how I can ...
coughing kids6/10/2012
  Q: I have 2 Nubian kids, 1 month old, and recently (2 days ago) took them to the vet for a general ...
  A: I am sorry for the lateness of this answer. The question never came to my email. As long as they are ...
worming6/8/2012
  Q: is there a liquid or past, (like for horses)I could get for my male goat who is verry! bloated and ...
  A: Liz, I am sorry, this never came to my email, so my answer is late. You can use the horse dewormer. ...
sulmet6/7/2012
  Q: I have a question regarding the use of Sulmet. One of my milking goats recently had the following ...
  A: It is not approved in lactating goats or cattle, so there is no known withdrawal time. I would wait ...
Pygmy goats eye6/4/2012
  Q: My little boy goat has a weepy left eye. I noticed it a few days ago. Yesturday the drainage was ...
  A: If you can afford to go to the vet, do so. If not, continue with the aphthalmic pint net 2 or 3 ...
gaots kids6/2/2012
  Q: Respected Madam, I have 1085 goats and sheep.in which adult female have problem that did not come ...
  A: The problem you mention with gas and foam is bloat. What do you feed them? Often fresh grass or too ...
using milk after listeria5/31/2012
  Q: our Nubian doe came down with listeria at 3 to 4 months old last June 2011. almost lost her but she ...
  A: If she was treated and recovered from listeria, the milk should be safe. I read up on it and can't ...
Myotonic goat with leg issue5/31/2012
  Q: I have a 5 year old male fainting goat that recently has begun having a leg problem. He seems to be ...
  A: It doesn't sound like a parasite issue. It could be a hairline fracture or the beginning of ...
doe wont eat5/29/2012
  Q: I have a doe that just gave birthb three days ago but now wont eat we gave her dreanch she ate good ...
  A: This could be very serious and you may want to call a vet. Get some nutridrench or calcium drench ...
Fainting goat kids5/29/2012
  Q: 1. How old are they when they begin to faint? 2. Is it important for them to be dis budded, and can ...
  A: They can show the fainting (actually muscle stiffening) as young as one month old. I am an advocate ...
unbanding a goat5/28/2012
  Q: It was banded but the band was not tight it did not want to walk much and cryed a lot and very ...
  A: You need to take him to a vet to be castrated. The hard spot is probably scar tissue. You do not ...
cut lower leg on 2 day old kid5/28/2012
  Q: I have a two day old mix breed Boer alpine kid this morining I noticed a open wound on her lower leg ...
  A: Make sure she gets a tetanus antitoxin shot, to avoid tetanus. Keep an eye on it for infection. You ...
month old goat5/27/2012
  Q: cherly I have a little over a month old boer cross doe that is constantly trying to urinate and have ...
  A: You need to get her to a vet if she is not peeing. Also she needs her poop checked to see if she has ...
Baby goat in pain5/26/2012
  Q: Can you give me any suggestions on what is wrong or what to do? This morning after feeding our herd ...
  A: Is he pooping and peeing normally? Does he or do his ears feel hot or cold? Is he eating? Does he ...
Goat Tetanus5/25/2012
  Q: We just recently had a two-week old Oberhaslis contract Tetanus, and through persistent dedication ...
  A: Could she possibly have an unrelated dietary deficiency that is contributing to this? How was the ...
Sick Kid Doeling5/19/2012
  Q: I have a 3 week old kid that is not well. She is vomiting green stuff...that smells like poop! She ...
  A: Goats do not normally vomit. It is usually a sign of poisoning. Any idea what she could have eaten? ...
Ivomec5/19/2012
  Q: Is ivomec effective for treating goats with "barber-pole" worms? Since parisites that cattle have ...
  A: Yes, I once is effective, unless the parasites have developed r.esistance to it in the area. Twice ...
Sick pygmy nanny5/17/2012
  Q: Okay, it never hurts to have a second opinion. Breakdown: I bought a pygmy April 5th and she seem ...
  A: Give Vit b injections every day for several days. Buy red cell, which has iron and drench her with ...
Female Pygmy cries when uninating5/16/2012
  Q: What should I do..... my female pygmy goats cries when she urinates. It also looks a little infected ...
  A: She probably has a urinary tract infection and needs antibiotics. Probably sulfa drugs. You can buy ...
Goat not getting up!5/14/2012
  Q: I have a first time mother/goat that had two beautiful babies this am. After having the babies she ...
  A: Do you see any of the placenta hanging out? Passing the placenta is the final stage of labor and ...
lung worm?pneumonia5/13/2012
  Q: I have a 10 yr old Nubian weather (Snoopy) who has been a little listless & occasional dry cough for ...
  A: Get some biomycin in or other oxytetracycline and give 7.5 cc every 48 hours for a total of four ...
rash/fungus?5/12/2012
  Q: My 5 week old alpine doeling has a rash/fungus on her tail web??? Notice attached image. She is ...
  A: It's hard for me to tell by the pic what it looks like. I would wash it with beta dine surgical ...
discharge from goats vagina.5/11/2012
  Q: I have a 5 year old pigmy nanny whos never had a baby, lives with another nanny,she has a discharge ...
  A: It could be a uterine infection, cancer, or even a prolapse with infection. She needs to see a vet. ...
goat feed5/3/2012
  Q: i have some full blood boers and what is the best kind of feed should i buy them, so they can stay ...
  A: It depends on the area you live in and what they have available. You should use something ...
Goat not walking5/1/2012
  Q: We recently obtained two baby goats and have been bottle feeding them. They are about 18 days old ...
  A: I hope the mother was treated for mastitis, as that sounds like what she had. I researched the back ...
Nigerian goats with twitching legs & cough.5/1/2012
  Q: we rescued a couple Nigerians, a wether & a girl, both about a year old. The girl primarily has been ...
  A: Good for you on trying to learn everything you can. I hope you got the Dummies book. It is ...
feeding baby goats4/29/2012
  Q: my pygmy doe had two kids, now 2 weeks old. The mother was not able to feed them or care for them so ...
  A: You can give her an enema with some soapy water. Google "baby goat enema" and you will find ...
arthritis in goats4/25/2012
  Q: I have an old pygmy doe who is at least 16 years old. over the past year, she has developed ...
  A: Sorry for the delay; I have had the flu. You can give aspirin every 12 hours or phenylbutazone at 10 ...
scared out my mind4/22/2012
  Q: I'm a first time goat owner. my goat is said to be a pygmy but I'm not 100% convinced of this. ...
  A: I am sorry to answer so late. I have been sick and had to go to bed. Yes, if you wash your hands ...
Goats Attacked by Dogs4/21/2012
  Q: My goats were attacked by dogs today. Killed two of my nanas. One that had a week old, so we are ...
  A: Sound like a deep wound that needs stitching. You need a vet. Also, tetanus antitoxin. Vet can ...
Pygmy goat kid back hoof bent4/20/2012
  Q: We have a bottle fed pygmy goat kid about a month old. We have been worried about her because she ...
  A: I think it may be the shot. This is a common mistake of new goat owners. Never give shots in the ...
dog bite4/17/2012
  Q: Mrs.Smith I have a goat that has a dog bite on her neck.... Curious what to put on it. And should I ...
  A: I would put warm/hot compresses on it to aid in healing. Then get some procaine penicillin or ...
swollen rear foot in two week old goat.4/17/2012
  Q: We picked up a two week old doe this past Sunday morning. She appeared to be fine. She somehow hurt ...
  A: You can ice it and also give her a quarter of an aspirin in her bottle twice a day for the ...
able to squeeze a bit of milk?4/17/2012
  Q: I have a 6 year old Nubian. She is unfixed and with a male that is fixed. Both she and her sister ...
  A: No, the milk is not part of heat. It's a little late, but you should not have squeezed the teat, ...
Baby goat refusing one of mama's teats4/11/2012
  Q: I have a not-quite-two-day-old baby Oberhasli goat who is refusing one of her mama's teats. She ...
  A: It sounds as though the doe my have mastitis in that side of the udder and that she may also be ...
lumps in teats4/11/2012
  Q: First freshener grade nubian doe 13 weeks fresh suddenly developed a lump in one teat about halfway ...
  A: Did you take that temp and is it normal? Is the lump right above the teat or beyond that? If it were ...
feeding baby goats4/10/2012
  Q: I live next to alot of goats. #1 mother has 2 babies, she almost died, but she is better now and ...
  A: You can feed them whole cow milk. It is still expensive, but a lot cheaper than canned goat milk. If ...
injuried baby pygmy goat4/9/2012
  Q: I have a 1 1/2 month old pygmy baby that started holding up it's back left leg saturday and it was ...
  A: Give a baby aspirin or a half aspirin with food or milk. You need to call a vet to get some ...
scours4/9/2012
  Q: im not sure on age but his ambilical cord is about to fall off, and im also not sure what breed he ...
  A: Feed him electrolytes for a day. Go to ruminationsongoats.blogspot.com for a recipe or buy some. ...
nigerian dwarf goat kids4/8/2012
  Q: on the way home with them we stopped at the feed store to get a salt block and some straw. we ...
  A: Make some electrolytes and make sure he is drinking well. (you can google goats homemade ...
ill goat4/8/2012
  Q: I have a goat that is down for the past 48 hours. Her blood profile suggests possible poison, but I ...
  A: Could she have polio? If so, she needs thiamine or large doses of fit B complex. She may also need a ...
fear4/1/2012
  Q: My pygmy goat, one month old, weighs approx. 15 lbs. Is eating hay and oats. Has had diarrhea ...
  A: You need to just pick her up and nicely but forcibly hold her. Pet her and hold her and she will get ...
baby goat4/1/2012
  Q: My youngest female goat(about 1 year old) had twins overnight. One of the babies died still in the ...
  A: Milk out colostrum immediately and give to baby in a bottle. Hooves are always soft at birth. If you ...
Injured goat3/29/2012
  Q: We have a 7 year old pygmy goat who was attacked by a pit bull on Monday. Her ear was bitten so ...
  A: First of all I hope that the pit bull has been put down for this attack. Get her some good roughage ...
Need Help!3/27/2012
  Q: I have a 8 day old kid that has not been able to walk since he was born. He was really weak when he ...
  A: Give him a half teaspoon baking soda in water. It may be floppy kid syndrome. Let me know if there ...
Pregnant goat lots of milk3/27/2012
  Q: We bought a Nubian doe,4-5 months ago. She is pregnant but we don't know the due date. She has been ...
  A: You need to find out exactly when you purchased her, and if you can, when she was bred. Their ...
Swollen Joint On Kid.3/25/2012
  Q: I have a Boer doeling that I think has a swollen joint. Her front leg is swollen and especially ...
  A: Could she have injured it? Is it also hot? I would contact the vet and get some Banamine, which will ...
Disbudding A Second Time3/25/2012
  Q: I am in the process of purchasing our first Nigerian Dwarf Goats. We visited a farm today and the ...
  A: Is he a wether that you want for a pet? Or will he be a buck? If you are just getting goats, I would ...
baby goat3/24/2012
  Q: my family bought a mini. nubian goat a few weeks ago and she had birth to a baby a week ago, the ...
  A: She may have pneumonia. When they are born breech, they need to be swung to get all the amniotic ...
Mites/Lice on Baby Goats3/24/2012
  Q: My pigmy babies are one week old and are infested with small straw and grey colored bugs. I used a ...
  A: You can give the mother subcutaneous ivermectin or use the pour on that you have for the mother. For ...
what are these bugs on my goats?3/17/2012
  Q: We bought two baby Nubian goats 3 weeks ago. One of them has been sickly... she has had diarrhea, ...
  A: I cant tell from the pic, but they are probably mites. Where are they on the body? You can wash the ...
Weak Baby3/16/2012
  Q: We found a baby goat had been born while away and first time mamma didn't clean off the sac. Got ...
  A: Give her electrolytes in alternating feedings with milk. (Do not mix the two.) Take her temp. Has ...
Water and Baby Goats3/14/2012
  Q: Our lil buckling is now a week and half old and already drinking lots of water. He is bottle fed ...
  A: No, that will not change the amount of milk to feed him. Here is a feeding chart from Fiasco Farm: ...
Goat had a stillborn and still has afterbirth3/12/2012
  Q: My goat had a stillborn today. It was still had a heartbeat, but died rather quickly. She had ...
  A: In goats it can take up to 12 hours for the placenta to come out before it is considered a problem. ...
Goat hoof growing abnormally3/10/2012
  Q: I have a 1 year old Oberhasli doe, due to kid in another month. We purchased her from her breeder ...
  A: I am not sure a farrier would know, but you could at least call and ask. I would trim even more ...
Sick Goat3/9/2012
  Q: I have a week old goat that yesterday I thought I lost we have had some power outages while I left ...
  A: Get some electrolytes or make some. (Google homemade goat electrolytes) Also get some dimethoxine ...
injured new born3/7/2012
  Q: 2 days ago my lamancha had a really hard birthing.She could not birth her kids so i intervened as i ...
  A: Yikes! I hope this is a learning experience on identifying the direction of the hoof before pulling. ...
kid born with no eyes3/6/2012
  Q: We had a Savannah cross doe that just kidded. This is not her first kid, and she is a good mother. ...
  A: It is impossible to say for sure. I would suspect that she probably had other defects, as well. Here ...
baby buckling3/5/2012
  Q: I truly not sure what I'm doing wrong but I need help! 4 days ago one of our does gave birth to a ...
  A: Where is his dog crate? Do you have him in the house. They really do want to be with other goats (or ...
Boar goats3/4/2012
  Q: Could I inject ivermectin to a pregnant goat and the ones that is lacting now?
  A: Yes, it is safe. Is this to treat lice or mites? That is the only treatment where you should inject ...
hunched goat3/2/2012
  Q: My daughter has taken over care and feeding of a 7 week old male boar goat (1 week ago). It was ...
  A: My first thought with fever and diarrhea would be coccidiosis or a bacterial infection. Sulfa drugs ...
mother goat not taking its kids2/29/2012
  Q: Last night my daughters goat had a kid and would not take it so we brought it in and started bottle ...
  A: The milk is colostrum and kids need to drink it for disease immunity. Milk some out and bottle feed ...
A big bump on my goat's nose2/27/2012
  Q: My 6 week old kid has a pretty big bump on one side of his nose. It's slightly red, semi-hard and ...
  A: Emily, It is most likely an abscess. Could he have gotten a sliver or something in his skin? That ...
swollen leg- possible sprain2/27/2012
  Q: We have a 10 month old Nubian Goat with what looks like a sprained leg. We think that he must have ...
  A: I think that both your treatments are fine. I would call a vet and get some more banamine, though. ...
1 day old kid.2/26/2012
  Q: Baby born yesterday,2-26-12. A surprise. We begged and borrowed cholustrum, milk replacer nipples ...
  A: I would be more worried about underfeeding. Go to fiascofarm.com for a feeding schedule. Get some ...
care of mama goat2/26/2012
  Q: What do I need to do for my nanny goat...She had two babies 2-25-12...Should I do anything to help ...
  A: Is she all right? You should clean her up with a warm rag, deworm her, very gradually start feeding ...
pregnant doe down2/25/2012
  Q: We have a pregnant doe that cannot get up. I believe it may be due to her lack of nutrition. We ...
  A: L/You need to stop the grain and get her some calcium gluconate ASAP, iv, if possible. She iS prone ...
Skin problems...maybe zinc deficiency?2/24/2012
  Q: I have a doe that has alopecia with what looks to me like a severe case of eczema around her eyes, ...
  A: I would suspect zinc deficiency because of the hooves, but I also wonder about chorioptic mange ...
food2/22/2012
  Q: What should I not feed goats that are pregnant/milking.ex. fruits/vegetables.
  A: They can eat anything that other goats can. Many people avoid onions and garlic because they can ...
Lice on my baby goat2/22/2012
  Q: Can I use oil to suffocate the live on my baby goat? She's fine she eats but she's getting the runs?
  A: Kayla, How old is she? Has she been dewormed or could she have coccidia? What is she eating? Is she ...
3 day old dwarf goat2/22/2012
  Q: When she was born, very frigid night. Seemed to have very little control of rear leg muscles. Seems ...
  A: I would give 1/2 cc Bose. But it could just be the position she was in while in mom's uterus. Is she ...
goat introduction2/21/2012
  Q: My small goat herd started 10 years ago with only 3 goats(2 female/1 neutered billy).I lost one of ...
  A: My suggestion would be to find out about what other goat herds are around, so you know where you can ...
goat kids2/21/2012
  Q: the local council impounded a small herd of goats because they were malnurished and brought them to ...
  A: What a hearbreaking situation. But kudos to you for caring for them. It sounds to me like several ...
Lil goat. . :)2/18/2012
  Q: I have a three week old bottle baby i got when he was about twenty four hours old. I was told he was ...
  A: It could be an injury, but my first thought is navel ill. Check his navel for infection. You need to ...
Traveling with pregnant does2/17/2012
  Q: and have found a farm that will be ready for us to move to in April. The only problem is, April,the ...
  A: I would definitely avoid moving them that far close to the due date, because of the stress. If it is ...
6 day old Boer kid still can not stand up2/16/2012
  Q: I have a 6 day old Boer buckling kid who still can not stand up on front legs. He had colostrum, ...
  A: Kay, Sounds like he is healthy otherwise. That's good. Some people have had luck with physical ...
young goat will not eat2/15/2012
  Q: I have a young goat that is 7 months old. When I went to feed her and my other two goats this ...
  A: What are the signs that she has something caught in her throat? Are you able to hold her and see ...
vaccination2/8/2012
  Q: at what age do you begin vaccinations on newborns and what vacc do you give? is there a schedule ...
  A: Here is a link to a vaccination schedule: http://fiascofarm.com/goats/vac-schedule.htm Like the ...
24 hour kid won't stand up2/7/2012
  Q: We had our first doe deliver 2 kids last night. The birth was easy but the kids weren't standing up ...
  A: You need to make sure she is still eating, even if you need to tube her again. Google "homemade ...
weak kid2/6/2012
  Q: I just had twins born today. One of the kids is walking on its back legs and not on its hooves. It ...
  A: Give 1/2 cc Bose SQ. Make sure it nurses even if you have to hold it on mom. This is critical. The ...
goat not eating2/6/2012
  Q: I had 2 lamancha goats, 6 years old, wethers. One stopped eating and died within 4 or 5 days. The ...
  A: What did the vet say the first one died from? Take this boy's temp. Is he peeing and pooping ...
Neutering Bucks.2/6/2012
  Q: I have a 3-year-old half nubian, half saanen male goat. I got him when he was nine days old, and ...
  A: You would need a vet to neuter the buck under anesthesia. I know they are more prone to infection ...
sick 3 day old goat2/5/2012
  Q: My Doe kidded 3 little girls feb 1st they all had mommas colostrum and were doing fine until this ...
  A: You have done the right things. Are you giving her mother's milk? That is best. Keep her warm and if ...
My 3 year old goat beats up my 1 year old goat ALL the time2/4/2012
  Q: I have a 3 year old wether pygmy goat. we have had him since he was 7 weeks. We had him for about 2 ...
  A: It sounds like he is jealous and is trying to keep the little one away from you. You should read ...
goat dominance2/1/2012
  Q: back in September i purchased three young Boer goat does from a breeder ages five and six months. at ...
  A: This is how goats are. They can be bullies, but eventually it calms down as everyone accepts their ...
mating1/30/2012
  Q: I borrowed a Boer billy to breed my 4 nannies. However, the 3 Boer nannies were willing, but the ...
  A: Is he running with them? Are you sure she is in heat? I have had goats that simply did not like a ...
goat dies1/27/2012
  Q: only visual was blood from eyes when found dead,could this been from poisoning snake bite/no ...
  A: It is impossible to say, with only that sign. I looked in Goat Medicine (older version is available ...
Leg injury1/27/2012
  Q: I have an 8 yr old female nubian goat, she got our of her field and I found her in the woods 2 days ...
  A: She needs probiotics or yogurt with probiotics to counter the antibiotic effect of killing gut ...
bloat1/24/2012
  Q: I have a goat with what I believe is frothy bloat. I have already tried to tube him and I know I ...
  A: I am not sure how long ago you wrote, so this answer may be late. I and friends have had success ...
hock joints of a baby goat hours old1/23/2012
  Q: It seems to hyperextend forward and then back. She is not real steady on( herhind) legs so I am ...
  A: This kind of thing is not uncommon in newborn kids. It may have to do with how they were positioned ...
Goat Health1/22/2012
  Q: Is it important to bring 1 baby of triplets inside? The mother has been tired alot and im not sure ...
  A: What I do when I think the mom may not be able to sustain the kids is to start supplementing them ...
goat producing milk only on one side1/22/2012
  Q: I have a goat that deliveried two kids about a week ago and would not care for them so we bottle ...
  A: I would try to milk her to see whether you can get her milking (if she is a dairy goat). Also do a ...
1 year old doe with lighter colored patches forming behing head1/19/2012
  Q: I'm not sure if this is a major issue or not, but really want to get on top of it if it is. My 1 ...
  A: I don't think it is a huge problem. I would avoid the insecticides. You can buy copasure blouses and ...
urban goats1/19/2012
  Q: We're trying again with the city council to allow miniature livestock on city lots. We're meeting ...
  A: I am out of town at the moment, but would like to attend the meeting. I was wondering what had ...
Injured Goat Jaw1/14/2012
  Q: I have an 8 month old female goat named Sadie. The day before yesterday Sadie got a bungie cord ...
  A: I would give benadryl syrup, banamine (or aspirin/ibuprofen if you have non) to reduce inflammation ...
Nigerian dwarf Female Out of Control1/11/2012
  Q: We raised her from the time she was 6wks in Dec of 2005. Very spoiled.Her friend is a fixed girl, ...
  A: Do you know if she had a twin brother? She sounds like a hermaphrodite or freemartin. I sold one of ...
coyots attacked my babies!1/7/2012
  Q: I had a beautiful little family of four nubian boar mixes and unfortunately after 3 years of being ...
  A: I am so sorry to hear about your goats. That must have been quite a shock for you can the little ...
Baby Nubian Goat1/4/2012
  Q: I was recently given a 1 week old Nubian goat to raise as his mother died, I am very new to goats I ...
  A: Do you know why his mother died? Do you know whether he got colostrum before she died? The reason I ...
coughing goat1/2/2012
  Q: I am a first time goat owner of three does (2 saanens and 1 alpine). Two are 9 months old and one ...
  A: Nothing will drive you crazy faster than listening to your goats cough and not being able to stop ...
Pregnancy1/1/2012
  Q: im a first time pygmy goat owner. They told me she was 3 months, but im not really sure of that ...
  A: You are right; there is no way that a pygmy goat weighing 60 lbs is only 3 months old. More likely 3 ...
Older Goat/ Arthritis12/29/2011
  Q: my email to you keeps bouncing. I have a quick question for you, hopefully you'll have some ideas. ...
  A: Kelly, ruminations at karmadillo dot com. I have no practical experience with arthritis. But you ...
goat mastitis12/28/2011
  Q: My goat has a swollen under and it was really big but it got a little smaller so i really don't ...
  A: has the goat been in milk? Does she have a fever? Is one side larger than the other? Is it red or ...
dog attacl12/28/2011
  Q: Our goat was attacked by our family dogs. she was,I'm sure in shock. Next day she started running a ...
  A: I am not aware of any reason not to keep goats on straw. Some people have certain ideas about ways ...
baby pygmy12/26/2011
  Q: Yesterday I had a pygmy nanny have 2 babies. When we first saw them they were just being born ...
  A: I would continue to try to milk the mom to get the kids that milk. It is better than formula, ...
Nigerian dwarf goat12/26/2011
  Q: My daughter is raising 2 Nigerian dwarf goats. They are about 11/2 years old. One female one wether. ...
  A: `There are so many causes of failure to bear weight on a leg or legs. Some are musculoskeletal and ...
kids died12/22/2011
  Q: I have a female boer goat that gave birth to twins yesterday. The twins seemed healthy and were up ...
  A: No, this is not common. So sad and I am sorry you have to go through this. Without a necropsy, it is ...
Boer Goats12/22/2011
  Q: I am new to goats and my "advisor" sadly passed away. I started with some does and one billy. The ...
  A: Yes, you do. Sometimes they can get pregnant very young and this is breeding season. I am more ...
Myotonics vs. Boers12/22/2011
  Q: We are selling out of our beloved boer goats. We have had bad luck in fighting the parasites. I have ...
  A: I don't know how true that is, because I couldn't find any comparisons. I do know from my research ...
baby doseage12/20/2011
  Q: I saw your article on baby with phlegm. The last kid born sounded very phlegmy. I taped him and ...
  A: Was he by any chance born breech? I have learned that you need to swing all breech kids, after ...
Bottle Baby with Phlegm12/15/2011
  Q: I have a new baby that I am bottle feeding. When she breathes you can hear phlegm in her lungs. ...
  A: Sorry, for some reason I didn't get a notice that you had left a question until today. How is the ...
sick pygmy goat12/14/2011
  Q: we have a pygmy weather who is just a little over two years old. he's very chubby, no idea what his ...
  A: This is a goat that needs to see a vet. You need to take his temperature. Have you noticed whether ...
what can i give my goat for pain12/12/2011
  Q: my goat got bit on the nose by a bitbull and we have got him all cleaned up and all but i know i ...
  A: You need to report the pitt bull for biting. You need to get some banamine from the vet for pain. ...
Goat reaction to ivomec12/10/2011
  Q: A group of criollo and nubian goats were subcutaneously injected with ivomec following recommended ...
  A: Yes, this is one of the reported side effects. It has been found that giving all dewormers orally is ...
Swollen goat Udder12/9/2011
  Q: I have a British Alpine pet female goat, of approximately 4 yrs old. She is a very healthy goat, who ...
  A: It may be mastitis, or it just may be a precocious udder. has she had kids previously? I would leave ...
goat with possible worms12/5/2011
  Q: I have a 2 yr. old pygmy nanny. she kidded on july 30 of this yr. shortly after i saw that she had ...
  A: Barber pole worm can cause anemia, which is what the eyelids are indicated. Other things can, too. I ...
Goat11/30/2011
  Q: I have a young male goat that has a runny nose with mucous and cloudy watery eyes. What could cause ...
  A: It could be an upper respiratory disease. You need to treat it right away. You can put a drop of ...
after the birth11/20/2011
  Q: Cherly, My family and I have purchased a pregnant nanny. She has given birth to two healthy ...
  A: They normally have discharge after birth, so that may not be the problem. Take her temperature first ...
Dwarf Nigerian Buckling11/16/2011
  Q: ..I would like a second opinion please. I have a little bucklimg that injured his knee. It is very ...
  A: It sounds like he may have ruptured the bursa, (fluid-filled sac that surrounds the joint). I would ...
Neutered, Nigerian goat11/14/2011
  Q: My grand daughter's normally happy, energetic goat is acting strange. He didn't to walk from his ...
  A: You need to watch closely to find out whether he is peeing, or contact the vet right away. A common ...
is my goat pregnant and how can I tell11/11/2011
  Q: here's my delema. i bought a goat August 21 of this year. the guy I bought her from said she was ...
  A: Did the vet believe that she was pregnant? You are only supposed to give grain during the last two ...
goopy pink eye, just standing/laying down11/7/2011
  Q: My 2 yr old wether has a yellow goopy stuff from one of his eyes. Inside his lids are pink, and ...
  A: Bonnie, It sounds like something more than pinkeye. You treated it correctly for pinkeye and need to ...
doe does not produce milk11/6/2011
  Q: one doe which has gven birth to a kid one month back does not have milk to nurse the kid. kindly ...
  A: You may not be able to get the doe to produce milk. You can try milking her frequently to see ...
record keeping11/5/2011
  Q: do you have a preference for record keeping programs. I am very new to goat raising
  A: Kate, I haven't used any of the programs, but when I was publishing Ruminations, Stacy Morris ...
goat worming10/31/2011
  Q: How often should the goats be wormed I have British Alpine , Kalahari Red and how do you know when ...
  A: It depends on how bad the worms are in the area you live. Some veterinarians suggest four time s a ...
bloat10/27/2011
  Q: I have a 4 month old Nigerian Dwarf wether that becomes bloated after grazing/browsing. This has ...
  A: From what I see in Goat Medicine, the type of bloat (free gas) is often associated with an ...
babys10/26/2011
  Q: one doe had twins and died two days later i bottled fed the babies for one week I had another doe ...
  A: If this happens again, you need to get the baby or doe to a vet or lab for a necropsy, ASAP. It ...
molasses in feed for goats10/26/2011
  Q: Our vet has recommended that we crush/blend goat 'nuts' (mixed concentrate for goats) and add ...
  A: Dianne, I have not dealt with this problem before, so I am not really an expert. I would probably ...
stiff legged buck10/24/2011
  Q: I have a buck approx. eighteen months old, and recently i've noticed he is walking stiff legged. ...
  A: It could be musculoskeletal or neurological. Tetanus causes a stiff gait. Does he have any other ...
one side of udder larger on doe kid10/8/2011
  Q: One side of my 6 month old miniature alpine's udder bagged up last week. It has shrunk back to ...
  A: It could be mastitis because it was just one half of the udder. You can either treat it with a dry ...
lump in goat kid neck10/7/2011
  Q: I have a goat kid more than 7 months in age. At the time of her birth i did notice a slight lump in ...
  A: Do you have access to minerals for the goat? Or, because it seems to be an iodine problem, so you ...
aggressive whether10/6/2011
  Q: We have been waiting for a baby goat to be old enough to come home with us. We didn't want him to ...
  A: He is just threatened. This is normal behavior. The wether is trying to establish dominance. He will ...
Buck wether interaction during rut10/6/2011
  Q: I currently have two PB Kiko bucks in with two separate groups of females. My younger buck, BB#2, ...
  A: Yes, he definitely could have injured and ultimately killed the wethers. I had one buck who broke ...
What age for breeding.10/3/2011
  Q: I have a 7 month old newbian/Oberhausen doe that i would like to breed, October 15, 2011 for the ...
  A: Seven months should be old enough, unless she is really small for her age. I usually let the buck ...
Laterally recumbant goat10/1/2011
  Q: Good Afternoon, my daughter found one of our 6month old goats laterally recumbant. he was ...
  A: Lena, Has he been dewormed? Have you check fecals recently? Sometimes they can get problems with ...
alternative treatment for lungworm?9/27/2011
  Q: .. I've read in Juliette de Bairacli Levy's work that garlic with molasses will work to treat ...
  A: Kim, I understand your concerns about avoiding chemical dewormers. I am not aware of any studies ...
weening and worming9/26/2011
  Q: 1)Could you tell how old a kid has to be before you can ween them. They are boer goats and the kids ...
  A: Because they are boers you probably want them to grow for meat. I don't like to wean mine until they ...
pale membranes9/26/2011
  Q: I have a small Boer buckling he was born at the end of this April. He only weighed 3 lbs. he had to ...
  A: I like to use Albon (the good-tasting kind for puppies works, but is expensive) or sulfadimethoxine. ...
lame baby goat9/26/2011
  Q: Triplet female solid built saanen kid was cold and wet post birth reluctant to feed off mother ...
  A: How much BoSe (or was it another form of selenium) did she get. I don't want to recommend too much ...
parasites9/22/2011
  Q: I have a young buck (6mo old) he has rubbed a spot on his shoulder and each side of his neck. his ...
  A: This isn't lice season if you live in the northern hemisphere and mites are less likely, too. They ...
pink eye9/21/2011
  Q: my billy goat has pink eye in his left eye. I just started him on Tylan 200 IM in the back of his ...
  A: This isn't the right treatment for pinkeye. You should get some oxytetracycline and put a drop in ...
Possible uti with female goat9/19/2011
  Q: I have a 10 year old female goat that keeps squatting to pee, and when she does, sometimes a stream ...
  A: Since you know that it isn't stones, I would encourage her to drink as much as possible. If you are ...
Raspy breathing in pigmy goat9/18/2011
  Q: My grandaughters 3 yr old pigmy goat is not active and has raspy breathing and looks bloated. We ...
  A: It sounds like he may have pneumonia, which goats are prone to getting, especially with a ...
Bulgy on front legs.9/18/2011
  Q: I have a 4 year old doe fainting goat. She probably weighs between 50 and 75 pounds. Just a few days ...
  A: The most likely diagnosis is CAE virus. Has this goat been tested for it? This is often the first ...
lethargic goat9/17/2011
  Q: have pet goat female 3yrs old. for last two days lethargic not eating but drinking , wanting to put ...
  A: Give her electrolytes to drink. That will give her some energy. The head pressing is pain. Does she ...
Serious goat question9/17/2011
  Q: To make a very long story short, I am a horrible goat parent. I am in the process of a divorce, just ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about your little guy and that the vet won't do anything or even advise without ...
goat and antibiotics9/15/2011
  Q: sorry to keep bothering you (this is a lead on from the goat prescribed anti biotics who bleats for ...
  A: To see how to inject IM or SQ, google "goat giving injection" You do have to be careful with IM in ...
goat reaction to anti biotic9/14/2011
  Q: We have just had the vet to one of our goats (swollen sore foot) and the vet gave her an injection ...
  A: Clare, I would be leery about it, as well. A couple of things. If you want to try one more injection ...
diarrhoea9/12/2011
  Q: I have a young goatling she is now 7 months old. She developed diarhoea 12 weeks ago prior to this ...
  A: You don't mention what her diet is. That could be contributing to the problem. Let me know, but in ...
Buckling who doesn't want to breed9/12/2011
  Q: I have an absolutely beautiful 7 month old Red Boer buck who is showing no signs of wanting to breed ...
  A: I have no idea about that rumor, but it is possible that he could have been sterilized. They are ...
goat illness9/8/2011
  Q: I have a pigmy goat about 3 months old, most of the time his stool is loose and gets all over him,, ...
  A: You need to give him pepto bismol or kaolin pectin for the diarrhea to get it stopped. Make sure he ...
Goat milk9/5/2011
  Q: Have been milking goats for years and am now seeing something new in our milk. After the milk has ...
  A: The sediment is most likely a result of mild mastitis. Do you have a CMT? You need to test the goats ...
feeding my goats9/1/2011
  Q: I'm new with goats and can't seem to find exactly how much to feed my goat. Also, what is the best ...
  A: You don't need to feed any grain, unless it is meat goat that you are trying to fatten up or it is ...
Cannon Bone8/25/2011
  Q: I have a 5 month old goat, just got him a few weeks ago to keep my standardbred company. A couple ...
  A: Carolyn, I would take him to the vet right away, especially because the weekend is coming up soon. ...
udder problem in doeling8/24/2011
  Q: I have a doeling that is a little over a year old and is developing a very large udder. She is not ...
  A: Amanda, This girl has what is known as a precocious udder. This runs most heavily in milking lines. ...
Swollen goat8/23/2011
  Q: My question is this, can a goat have severe reaction to a bee sting, resulting in death and the ...
  A: Sarah, I am sorry to hear about your goat. That must have been a shock. Did you check her body for a ...
Bad leg on baby billy8/23/2011
  Q: I have a baby billy (about 9 months old) who came up lame about 2 weeks ago. It is his back right ...
  A: Feel along the leg and note whether there is any swelling or heat at any point and make a note of ...
anemic goat8/19/2011
  Q: I have 3 alpine does and their kids. I asked you last month about my 4 yr old doe who was at that ...
  A: You will be fine giving the safeguard that way. It is pretty safe. The vet may have decided not to ...
goat got a hold of moldy hay8/19/2011
  Q: What can I do the goat seemed fine the other day and now she can not stand up on her own she is a ...
  A: You need to get a vet and get some thiamine. The goat has polioencephalomalacia. You need to stop ...
Doe rejects buckling8/18/2011
  Q: One of our doe's just kidded and dropped a little buckling around 2 am on Tuesday 16 Aug 2011. ...
  A: I wish I could tell you. I had this happen for the first time this year. I was able to get mine to ...
Pygmy goat behavior8/15/2011
  Q: Have you ever seen a pygmy female rub her head on another females butt? Everyday after Maddie gets ...
  A: I have definitely seen it before. I believe it's because Macy is dominant and Maddie is submissive. ...
Goat not walking8/15/2011
  Q: We have a pet goat (Saanen) he is about 3 months old. We got him when he was about 2 weeks old. ...
  A: Has your goat's mother been tested for CAE virus? This is the most common cause of a goat not ...
Goat Scour8/14/2011
  Q: Had them for a week, they were bottle fed when they arrived. the boy goat has had scour since ...
  A: Kaolin pectin or pepto bismol to control the diarrhea. Stopping the milk was good. Roughage to eat, ...
Goat feet8/13/2011
  Q: I have 4 male goats, 2 billys (Angora) and 2 whethers (Boer).One of the boer goats has had pink eye ...
  A: Were you using terramycin eye ointment for the antibiotic? That should be put in two-three times a ...
Sick Pygmy Goat8/12/2011
  Q: I have a 5 month old male Pygmy Goat. Today I noticed a change in his poop. Instead of the little ...
  A: Has he eaten anything different or more of something rich? That may explain the change in his poop. ...
goat and sheep problems8/10/2011
  Q: We checked our sheep and goats for eyelid color about 3 weeks agoa and they were medium pink. Since ...
  A: I know very little about sheep, other than they cannot have as much copper as goats. I would get ...
How to Put Weight On Older Wether8/9/2011
  Q: I was wondering if you could suggest how I can put some weight on my 11 year old wether. He has lost ...
  A: Calf manna would be helpful. Other people have found senior horse feed is helpful for putting weight ...
hurry please8/6/2011
  Q: i need advice asap. my baby goat went all weak and his little ears are cold about one hour ago. we ...
  A: I am sorry I didn't get this until morning; I was gone last night.I hope you were able to resolve ...
pregnant doe labor?8/5/2011
  Q: Alright I wrote you a days ago about a possible pregnant doe well we do have a pregnant doe! :D She ...
  A: Melissa, You need to have a vet see this goat. It is not normal to have contractions starting and ...
Lamancha health8/4/2011
  Q: We just purchased 2 Neubian Does about 30lbs each and 1 Lamancha Buck(pippen) about 40lbs. The day ...
  A: Do you know what they were dewormed with and how much? What do you mean by tagged? The stress could ...
goat cough8/2/2011
  Q: I have a male goat about 1 1/2 years old Nubian. He developed this cough when he went to visit ...
  A: Yulisa, I have a contract that I use for stud service, so there is some liability on the part of the ...
Re: URGENT HELP Needed8/1/2011
  Q: O. nubian doe who is a pet. She developed a dry cough (occasional) last fall. Vet didn't treat as ...
  A: She could have a fungal pneumonia. I looked in Goat Medicine and online and both note that no ...
Pygmy goat birthing issue8/1/2011
  Q: My female pygmy goat gave birth yesterday but after she had the first one our miniature donkey ...
  A: Jessica, You may have to settle for a vet with no expertise in goats. It sounds like there may be ...
Polio/Listerosis7/31/2011
  Q: I have a female goat she is just under a year old, she is a pygmy mix I think mixed with Alpine not ...
  A: I don't understand why the vet didn't give you thiamine, since it is the standard treatment for ...
goats who suddenly die7/31/2011
  Q: We have a small herd of nubians nannies. They are all very healthy and have been wormed. All of a ...
  A: I am so sorry about the loss of your goats. It is really hard to deal with especially since you ...
Nubians with fever7/29/2011
  Q: I have two Nubian does ages 5 and 4 who have been losing weight and suffering from what I believe to ...
  A: Have you checked their skin for dehydration? Goat Health Care say you can check for dehydration by ...
sick doe7/27/2011
  Q: I have a 4 year old alpine doe running a 105.3 fever. A couple times in the last few days I have ...
  A: Have you listened to her lungs? I would give her some electrolytes to ensure that she doesn't get ...
Goat Wattles7/26/2011
  Q: We have 4 female goats, all of whom gave birth recently. The father had wattles on his neck and so ...
  A: Are you certain they are undescended wattles? They are just attached to the skin, so wouldn't be ...
Possible Pregnancy?7/26/2011
  Q: Alright my family and I believe that our girl goat my be pregnant. About 4 days ago she started to ...
  A: There is a chance, although lots of wethers act buckish. If her udder is growing that is a sign. The ...
Nanny Goat7/25/2011
  Q: This is the first I have had goats and I have a male and female.... my female is rather quiet unless ...
  A: Have you checked her back legs closely? Is there anything that she could have gotten caught in that ...
Swollen mass on goat utter.7/23/2011
  Q: I have an older alpine doe who keeps having swelling in her utter. She has never had any fever. No ...
  A: Thistle (my favorite flower), I wonder whether you can send a picture. where exactly are the lumps ...
how does pain manifest in older male goat?7/22/2011
  Q: 12 yr old Ray has been shaking for 3 days. Off feed. Under very good vet care( urine cath, cbc, chem ...
  A: Does he have a low body temperature? That can cause shaking. In answer to your question, pain most ...
nigerian dwarf goat7/22/2011
  Q: My nigerian dwarf goat has always been fine,but for the last week he will not stand on his front ...
  A: Is there any swelling in the knees. This kind of thing is most commonly caused by the arthritis of ...
One udder swollen7/21/2011
  Q: I have a 9 year old goat that has never kidded she has had one udder that is very swollen we called ...
  A: Is the swollen side of the udder inflamed or hot to the touch at all? These are signs of mastitis. I ...
mites or mange-how do I treat7/20/2011
  Q: Several of my goats are shaking their heads and whacking at their ears with a hoof. These are ...
  A: If it is warm enough there to clip them, I would do that. It could be lice or mites and that would ...
swollen rear pastern7/20/2011
  Q: My 5 month LaMancha cross doeling has a swollen rear ankle. There is no external injury that I can ...
  A: Yes, you can use the same treatment as for humans. I would recommend the icing. You can give aspirin ...
Torn bottom eyelid7/19/2011
  Q: My young buck has torn his bottom left eyelid on something. It doesn't appear to be bothering him, ...
  A: If you can afford it you should take him to a vet if it seems severe. If you can't afford to do so, ...
Sick goat off feed, major weight loss7/18/2011
  Q: I have a 3 yr. old LaMancha doe who kidded a month ago, and all has been well until recently. I ...
  A: THe first thing I would do is deworm her with a chemical dewormer. That would be the most likely ...
lumps on my goat7/17/2011
  Q: I am hoping my goat does not have CL. I have a small herd, two does and their 4 kids and one wether ...
  A: Is the lump on the udder near the top of the teat? I ask because they can get a milk cyst, where ...
moving wormed goats7/17/2011
  Q: I am going to worm my does and kids and move them to another pasture. I have two questions. First, I ...
  A: Giving dewormers orally is considered most effective for goats. Even the injectables and pour-ons. ...
Bow legs7/16/2011
  Q: We received our first goat. He is a bottle fed boer buck whose mom died when he was 4 days old. When ...
  A: A condition called epiphysitis caused bowed legs. It is caused by too much calcium in young, growing ...
goat nanny false pregancy7/16/2011
  Q: I own two nanny goats, a Nubian/boar mix and a lamancha. They are age 3 years and age 4 years. ...
  A: It does seem odd that they could have false pregnancies at the same time. I would suggest that you ...
mastitis7/15/2011
  Q: My girl was diagnosed with mastitis by vet 2nd July. Has had medication tribactum, something with ...
  A: Penicillin is not a very good antibiotic for mastitis and the studies have shown that the amount ...
4 sick Pygmy goat kids7/15/2011
  Q: I have 4 Pygmy goats that I just got less than a week ago and they all have diarrhea and 3 of them ...
  A: How old are they and what are they eating? You want to make sure they are hydrated. You can put some ...
female pygmy goat7/15/2011
  Q: Have a pygmy and one of her tits is swollen a lot bigger than the others. Keeps getting bigger. Not ...
  A: She could have mastitis. Is it hot at all? Red? These will tell you if it is an infection. You could ...
4 month old wether being bullied7/14/2011
  Q: i rescued a 4 month old toggenburg X alpine wether 2 days ago due to him being all alone. He has had ...
  A: Poor little guy. Nice of you to rescue him, though. Depending on your setup, you can try a couple of ...
torn ligament or tendon7/13/2011
  Q: My newborn kid was stepped on shortly after birth in the morning. When he does get up his back leg ...
  A: Sometimes they are born with this problem, although it is often both legs. The splinting is a good ...
mineral mixture7/12/2011
  Q: 1)request to give a formulation of mineral mixture(including vitamins) to be used in goats. 2)what ...
  A: I purchase minerals here that are pre-made, so I don't know what to advise. Google goat minerals and ...
infected bumps under tail7/11/2011
  Q: I have a 6 year old nubian nanny who kidded June 18 . I am a faithful dewormer, vaccinations, etc. ...
  A: It is definitely a possibility that you have bites that have become infected with staph or something ...
cracking horns7/8/2011
  Q: i have a 10 week old billy goat who has been bottle fed from 1 day old his horns have started to ...
  A: Could be it is lacking in certain minerals that goat milk contains. Do you have goat minerals that ...
Clumpy dumps7/8/2011
  Q: I have a 3 month old Alpine buck that has been giving me fits for the past 6 weeks. First he had ...
  A: 1. I am not all that familiar with Corid dosage, because the sulfa drugs are better treatment for ...
sick goat7/7/2011
  Q: my friends goat had diarrhoea wont eat or drink and ie lethargic he is two and a half years old what ...
  A: He could have coccidia or other parasites. Only a fecal exam can tell. He needs some kaolin pectin ...
weaning from a bottle7/6/2011
  Q: Help! One of my pygmy Nigerians will NOT drink out of a bucket. She was born Jan and I am still ...
  A: I have never heard of anything like this. I am confused about why she was ever fed water from a ...
throat abscess7/6/2011
  Q: We raise pygmy goats and we have a two month old buck that has developed a hard abscess about the ...
  A: Because it is hard, I wonder whether it is a thyroid problem. I would definitely not lance it. Some ...
pregnant nanny boer goat7/4/2011
  Q: getting close to delivery date,how long after mother shows milk
  A: It can vary from goat to goat. Some get udders a month in advance, others the same day. It will get ...
Birthing Pygmy Female Goat7/4/2011
  Q: We have a Pygmy female that has 2 babies yesterday and one died. It was her first time. She passed ...
  A: I think you are probably mistaken. Normally once they pass the placenta, they are done. If she were ...
Possible CL?7/4/2011
  Q: Cheryl. Thanks so much for taking my question. In March I bought 3 bottle babies from an auction, 2 ...
  A: 1. On the skin problem, it could be any number of things. Soremouth can look like this, although it ...
kid with redish brown urine6/30/2011
  Q: I have a month old kid, a triplet. Tennessee fainting goat. Her urine is a reddish brown. She stares ...
  A: I see there is more info on this questions. I would give her electrolytes in the bottle instead of ...
kid with reddish brown urine6/30/2011
  Q: I have a month old kid, a triplet, Tennessee fainting goat. Her urine is reddish brown and she has ...
  A: As you probably suspected, the most likely cause is a bladder or kidney infection. This is probably ...
Swollen udder6/30/2011
  Q: I have a doe that is nursing a kid right now. One udder is normal but the other is very very large. ...
  A: It could be mastitis. Has she been tested for CAE virus? That is the most common cause of hard ...
11 wk old goats6/28/2011
  Q: We have 3 11 wk old alpine goats that we have had since about 7-8 wks old. We live in Utah. It is ...
  A: Bob, You give all the dewormers orally to goats, even if they are marked as pour-on or injectable. ...
goat is having trouble breathing, and has lump under ear6/28/2011
  Q: My 4 m-old nubian wether has had a lump under his ear for a couple of weeks now. He's about 40 lbs, ...
  A: When was he dewormed? I would deworm, because it could be lungworm. The dose is twice the cow dose ...
Chronic dry cough now loosing weight6/26/2011
  Q: I live in Arizona and am new to goats etc. I bought a baby nigerian doe a year and a half ago, bred ...
  A: Have you dewormed this goat? Lungworm can cause a dry cough and perhaps the baby now has them too. ...
sudden drop in milk production6/26/2011
  Q: i got a Guernsey nanny yesterday she is about 4 years old. i know she had a kid that was taken off ...
  A: Yes, it could be stress from moving as well as losing her kid. Are you feeding the same as they did? ...
goat behavior6/25/2011
  Q: Our doe has taken a dislike to myself, often rearing up at me with her tongue out and ears proud, we ...
  A: It sounds like she acting buckish. Do you have other goats? Has anyone ever pushed on her head? That ...
3 month old wether questions6/25/2011
  Q: we just received a 3 month old Nigerian dwarf wether in need of good home. We have a 3 yr old ...
  A: I would put them together in a smaller pen, so he can't run anywhere. Then hang out with them for a ...
knots?6/24/2011
  Q: I was outside doing my typical feeding and watering of the farm animals and when i go to my 3 ...
  A: Kelci, It could be either a bacterial abscess or caseous lymphadenitis (CLA). Ideally you should ...
Question?6/24/2011
  Q: I had a question about our goats. We have a five to six month mix of lamancha and kiko and a four ...
  A: Yes, it is still doable at that age, but certainly not ideal. According to Goat Medicine, the best ...
6wk old 4 days of diarrhea6/23/2011
  Q: I need some advise.. I purchased a 6 wk old boer goat ( he was a triplet ) looked great.. the first ...
  A: It could be eating too much grass that caused the problem. Are you giving grain to put weight on ...
6 year old pygmy goat with severe hair loss6/22/2011
  Q: i am at a total loss to know what to do to help my pygmy wether who has, over the last 4 months, ...
  A: A couple of things come to mind, although I am not a veterinarian. Could he have a secondary ...
sick kid6/21/2011
  Q: About three weeks ago I bought two one week old bucklings and have been bottle feeding them with kid ...
  A: Does any milk come out of his nose? I am thinking of cleft palate. I would suggest you take his ...
nubian goats6/20/2011
  Q: Help! We are new to nubians. We have 3 does & 2 kids (born Jan and other in Mar). We acquired these ...
  A: The first thing I would do is to get them some browse/brush/green leaves. They really do like fir ...
2-day-old pygmy goat having trouble with his front legs6/20/2011
  Q: We have a 2-day-old male pygmy goat that has trouble standing. For the first 48 hours, he would ...
  A: First of all, I am sorry to take so long to get to this, Rachelle. I was out of town all day. He ...
introduce doeling to wethers6/20/2011
  Q: i have two healthy 10-year old wethers and i will have a week-old doeling that will live with the ...
  A: They should be fine, ultimately. Supervise them at the beginning. They will most likely bully her a ...
billy with swollen scrotum6/18/2011
  Q: I have a Billy and nanny. they are almost a year old. the Billy's scrotum is horribly swollen on one ...
  A: You need to consistently give the antibiotics for at least 5 days or it won't work or could cause ...
Boer Goat engorged teats6/18/2011
  Q: Our one year old boer goat kidded 36 hours ago - had a single male. Doe has 4 teats and the kid only ...
  A: You need to get her restrained and milk it out. Then get a pritchard nipple, put it on a pop bottle ...
Goat with foot problems6/18/2011
  Q: I have a nubian goat that is about 3 years old. She is having a lot of hoof trouble as I keep ...
  A: You can do two things: First keep them off of any muddy or wet areas. ideally clean bedding, which ...
Older goat is very wobbly6/17/2011
  Q: I have an older goat (~7yrs) that was diagnosed 2 weeks ago with pneumonia by a vet. She was given ...
  A: Has this goat been tested for CAE virus? If not, that would be my first recommendation, to rule it ...
Bite Wound6/17/2011
  Q: i have had quite the rough time with my Alpines and im wondering if you can give me some new ...
  A: I know just what you are talking about with the pin cushion. I always feel so awful when they run ...
goat worming at 2-3 months6/14/2011
  Q: I bought Zimecterin ivermectin 1.87% and would like to worm my goat kids all around 2-3 months old. ...
  A: It is virtually impossible to get an accurate dose with that kind of measuring. You don't really ...
scurs6/14/2011
  Q: i have a 4 month old buckling ,nigerian dwarf, he was disbudded but has scurs that are at the back ...
  A: Yes, you can redo it. They are a lot stronger and will fight more, and you may have trouble fitting ...
baby goat6/13/2011
  Q: I have a 2 month old alpine buck who has a swollen front leg. I have examined the leg and cannot ...
  A: Could he have put his foot in a hole while running or jumping? I know of kids that have broken their ...
Boer Goats - scouring.6/13/2011
  Q: I have a small herd of Boers (7 in total) and have 2 of them scouring. It s actually a Doe (2 years) ...
  A: They may have coccidiosis. Coccida are protozoal parasites that are normal in goats, but when they ...
Puncture wound on side6/12/2011
  Q: We have a male born March 2, 2011 that got his head caught in pasture fencing. We were not at home ...
  A: I am so sorry to hear about your baby. Goats can be such bullies. I am guessing these goats have ...
Castration Age?6/12/2011
  Q: we are fairly new to keeping goats (this is our 2nd season) and we have La Mancha's for the 1st time ...
  A: I usually try to band mine no later than 12 weeks. It would depend on the size of the testicles ...
orange urine6/12/2011
  Q: We have a 3 year old doe and she will urinate without hesitation but about a minute or so after the ...
  A: All I can think of is that there must be something on the ground. Goat Medicine mentions other ...
8 wk old apline goats6/10/2011
  Q: We are new at this and just got 3 alpine goats (triplets) a little over 1 wk ago. They are aprox.8 ...
  A: Number one is that if they are active and eating well, they are all right. I have a 3 week old kid ...
introducing a new goat to a single goat6/10/2011
  Q: I have adopted a LaMancha goat to live with our lonely African dwarf . Both are female. The Dwarf is ...
  A: I would just keep putting them together supervised to see how they do. I have a little one right now ...
Pygmy goat bleeding6/9/2011
  Q: I have a yr old pgymy that kidded for the first time a week ago. I noticed that she has bright blood ...
  A: yes, Dawn, you can use the cow version. Almost no drugs are approved in goats, because they are a ...
tx of goat abscess6/8/2011
  Q: our little pygmy goat has an abscess on her hoof.. the only vet lives about an hour away and is too ...
  A: I would not recommend clorox (I assume you mean bleach) for the soaking. I would use warm to hot ...
limping goat6/7/2011
  Q: . i have noticed the last week my goat has been limping on his front leg.. but as of yesterday its ...
  A: I would get a vet. It could be a snake bit. It could also be founder, but you would expect more feet ...
bottlejaw in baby goat?6/6/2011
  Q: I fist noticed a soft mass at the top of my buckling's throat when he was around 3 weeks old. ...
  A: I am thinking it is a milk goiter. This is actually an overgrown thymus gland. Goat Health Care ...
injured horns6/4/2011
  Q: We have 2 pygmy goats that are purely pets - sisters (Ebony & Mocha) - 10 years old. We never ...
  A: I would take the bandage off because it isn't get enough air. If it looks all right then just keep ...
goat udder6/4/2011
  Q: I have a female pregnant goat, my question is her milk bags started harding. What can I do to keep ...
  A: Has she been tested for CAE virus? THat is the most common cause of hard udder, and it is scarring ...
8 wk nubian buckling6/4/2011
  Q: My 8wk old nubian buckling has developed a lump on his stomach. It is under the skin around the ...
  A: Is the lump hot or red? Do you think it is navel ill? With the straining to urinate the most common ...
Goat with swelling on her side6/3/2011
  Q: I have a female boer goat who is about 3-1/2 years old. I adopted her when she was about 6 months ...
  A: That isn't a likely spot for a hernia, so I wouldn't think that is it. (Or did I misunderstand and ...
Problems with female goat urinating.6/1/2011
  Q: Today I noticed that one of my 10yr old female goats was having trouble urinating. I noticed this ...
  A: I would try to get as many liquids into her as Possible. Warm/hot water, electrolytes, whatever ...
Nubian dairy goat limping5/31/2011
  Q: We just bought an older (not sure of age) very 'thin' Nubian dairy goat - her feet seem tender - she ...
  A: Chris, I suppose it could be. But I would wonder whether the seller just trimmed her hooves for the ...
baby goat can not stand up5/30/2011
  Q: i have a five days old baby bore goat that she seem like she can not get up. at first i help her ...
  A: There is a disorder called Floppy Kid Syndrome. It is unknown what causes it, but giving 1/2 tsp of ...
sick kid5/29/2011
  Q: I have a 6 month old Boer who was a runt of triplets. Very much smaller than his brothers and has ...
  A: They can get dehydrated very easily, so I wondered whether he is getting enough liquid that way. In ...
rapid breathing5/29/2011
  Q: we have a fortnight old baby billy kid who is breathing rapidly can you advise please we live in ...
  A: Maureen, If he is all right otherwise, then this is normal. I have a baby doe who is a few days ...
Goat died after Kidding5/28/2011
  Q: and am at my wits end trying to find someone who understands Goats. My 6 year old Gurnsey died 2 ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about the loss of your goat and the other problems you are having. 1. I looked ...
sick baby boer goat5/27/2011
  Q: I have a 1 month old baby girl boer. She is very lethargic (not moving much at all) it started 3 ...
  A: Is she pooping and peeing? I would either milk that goat and feed it to the baby or get cow milk ...
Premature Birth5/26/2011
  Q: Had a pregnant goat get stuck in a stack of tractor tires yesterday. When I found her , she was ...
  A: If they have hair and hooves and are alive they are close to term. I hope they are still alive, ...
feeding goats vegetables?5/25/2011
  Q: We have boer goats and I was wondering if I could give them scraps of common human consumed ...
  A: Ivis.org has some of the book "A Guide to Plant Poisoning in Animals of North America", which is ...
My pygmy goat is having trouble swallowing5/24/2011
  Q: My pygmy goat seems to be having trouble swallowing. He walks around with grass hanging out of his ...
  A: Yes, it is most likely an obstruction in this throat. The vet can look down his throat and figure ...
trading a goat5/24/2011
  Q: about 6 weeks ago i purchased two goats a two week old boer/miniature fainter kid and a 9 week old ...
  A: The fainter will not be happy, but will certainly recover from it and will probably be happy to see ...
New Goats with Lump5/24/2011
  Q: We recently purchased goats from a farm. We noticed that our buck has a lump just below the ear. ...
  A: I would call the goat sellers and ask whether they have had CL in their herd. If they have had it ...
blind Kid?5/23/2011
  Q: I just purchased a half lamache / boar female wealing how do I tell if she's blind? The reason I ...
  A: First look for cloudiness or other abnormalities of the eye. Look for any hairs that may be rolled ...
Congested Udder? Mastitis?5/23/2011
  Q: Im 14 and my family and I own 7 goats. Four are new kids since Monday and Tuesday, one is a year-old ...
  A: Has this goat been tested for CAE virus? This is the most common cause of hard udder. It is called ...
Sick wether5/22/2011
  Q: I have a 1yr old nubian/nigerian wether who isn't feeling well. We went to the vet on Friday and he ...
  A: Buy some Red Cell at the feed store and give 1 cc per 20 lbs every 12 hours. This is a a yucca ...
rice bran5/22/2011
  Q: can i feed rice bran to my goats? it is fine powdered. i want to mix it in my 12% livestock pellet i ...
  A: Here is a link that tells about its nutritional value and how much to add to feed: ...
Pustules on rectum5/17/2011
  Q: I have a 8 DAY OLD lamanche and Nigerian dwarf cross. My baby is bottle fed and seems to be doing ...
  A: It is most likely a bacterial infection, such as staph. I am hearing a lot from goat owners whose ...
baby goat horns5/16/2011
  Q: My girl baby goat is 3 months old now and her horns grow but now they are flaking brittle and ...
  A: You don't mention whether they have minerals. That is important and she should be eating them by ...
Pregnant or not???5/16/2011
  Q: Both of our Angora goats were sent to the Play Goat Mansion at the end of November thru New Years ...
  A: Bobbi, Often you don't see udder development until the last month, and in some cases only days ...
pygmy goat wheezing5/15/2011
  Q: have an older pygmy, unknown age, is eating, acting normal except for mild wheezing. is this normal ...
  A: No. It could be hay dust (have you changed hay recently?), allergy, or a respiratory infection. Take ...
strange leathery abcess5/15/2011
  Q: I have a young pygmy goat , she will be a year in about 3 weeks. She has developed a area on her ...
  A: Faye, Yes, They often get lumps from CDT vaccinations. Most people do it right above the armpit, ...
weaning/milking5/15/2011
  Q: Our Nigerian Dwarf kids (3 nursing, one bottle fed) are 5 weeks old tomorrow. We have been ...
  A: You will get less milk unless you get going on the milking. I have waited as long as two months. I ...
blood in urine?5/14/2011
  Q: My pygmy kidded about 5 days ago and everything is fine but she is not letting the kids nurse, she ...
  A: Are you sure that it isn't just discharge from after the birth? If it is the pee, then she probably ...
Noisey5/14/2011
  Q: My pet goat bleets all the time I can not stand it much longer!!
  A: It is most likely because s/he needs another goat. They are herd animals and need each other. If ...
Rough dry hair on goat5/14/2011
  Q: I recently bought 2 pygmy goats that have really rough looking hair and it sticks up, does not lay ...
  A: I could definitely be a mineral problem, particularly copper. Are they on a good goat mineral right ...
Sick Nubian5/13/2011
  Q: We went to milk our goat this morning and she was acting very sluggish. Her ears were low, she ...
  A: Did you deworm her after kidding? If not, it could be parasites. Have you changed her feed at all? ...
nigerian dwarf bottle feed baby goat5/12/2011
  Q: my baby goat is seven days old today. he is one of a triplet birth. he was half the size of the ...
  A: It sounds like he might have pneumonia. Maybe he aspirated at birth. Was he breech? They usually ...
Doe with twins5/11/2011
  Q: One teat is very enlarged feels hot and the kids will not suckle from it.What is causeing this and ...
  A: It sounds like mastitis. First thing to do is to milk it out and then treat with an intramammary ...
goats milk pasteurization5/10/2011
  Q: i would be very happy if you can help me with this question. my uncle has goats and provides us with ...
  A: As long as the goats are healthy and the milk tastes good, I would prefer it raw. If you feel better ...
baby goat bottle feeding5/10/2011
  Q: I have a 5 day old baby pygmy that is refusing to take a bottle. I have bottle fed baby goats ...
  A: I assume you have tried opening his mouth, putting the nipple in and then holding him with his mouth ...
sudden post partum death5/8/2011
  Q: We have a doe that delivered 2 healthy kids 6 days ago and was acting normally and eating/drinking ...
  A: Without a necropsy it is impossible to say. Goat Medicine has a short mention of uterine artery ...
disbudding goat kids5/8/2011
  Q: We disbudded our three 2 1/2 wk. old nigerian dwarf doelings. They are very ichy and scratched off ...
  A: First, they need their first CDT vaccination at 1 month and the second a month later, if you ...
Back legs wobbly5/8/2011
  Q: I just bought a 2 mo Nigerian pygmy doe that was a bit wobbly when I got her home but now after one ...
  A: I took a long time to get back to you because this is puzzling me. I am so sorry you have to go ...
goat illness5/7/2011
  Q: We have had goats for approx 3-4 yrs and not had any problems until this year. In nov we bought a ...
  A: Juli, I am so sorry to hear about your goats. You must be really disheartened about raising them. My ...
How much food.5/7/2011
  Q: I have 2 goats one is 2 1/2 months and one is 8 weeks. I was told by the vet I was feeding them way ...
  A: Are they weaned? What are you feeding them? Do they get grain? You cannot feed them too much hay. ...
Boer goat born with masses on throat5/6/2011
  Q: I had a boer goat born 2 days ago with what appears to be semi hard masses on each side of the ...
  A: It sounds like goiter caused by congenital iodine deficiency. Some of these kids do have normal ...
goat hair loss and discoloration5/6/2011
  Q: I have a 5 yr old 160 lb wether who is a "true red" no white markings at all, and since his last ...
  A: The shampoos may actually have contributed to the drying of the coat. When was he last dewormed? ...
bottle goat with crooked legs(front)5/4/2011
  Q: I have a female kid almost three weeks old. The mother abandoned her and she was to weak to feed so ...
  A: This is most likely a mineral deficiency. It could be a lack of phosphorus or too much calcium given ...
goat with recurring goat polio5/3/2011
  Q: I have a 3 year old weather goat (mixed breed about 150 pounds) who lives in a small herd with ...
  A: some people have found they have to give really long-term thiamine treatment. I would suggest you ...
new baby goats advice5/3/2011
  Q: we have 2, 3day old kids half nubian, not sure of mothers breed. the mother is very nervous, we only ...
  A: My experience is that if the babies are active and appear to be growing they are fine. I just had ...
goat with swollen neck5/2/2011
  Q: my goat itzy ripped here ear yesterday. shes a boar cross so has the large floppy ears. the flys ...
  A: I would put hot compresses on it, if she will let you. That will bring blood flow to help with the ...
swollen front joints4/30/2011
  Q: I have a day old newborn kid with swollen front joints. Is it joint ill, selenium deficiency, or ...
  A: Of these, joint ill is the only one that would cause swollen joints. Other infectious causes are ...
goat craving salt4/30/2011
  Q: I have a 1 yr old goat that is in the pasture with several other same age goats. She has quit ...
  A: Some are more prone to nutritional problems than others. I would suggest that feeding corn is not ...
Ill Goat4/28/2011
  Q: I recently picked up a goat at an auction this past weekend. She is about 3/4 days old, 10 pounds, ...
  A: She is much older or not a pygmy. They are much smaller. The teeth grinding is pain, she needs ...
baby goat4/25/2011
  Q: i have a baby goat about a week old, that was eating well from abottle but now refuses to eat and ...
  A: Give him a few ccs of the pepto bismol. If the poop smells bad, it could be infectious. You should ...
young goat with possible constipation4/24/2011
  Q: We have a 3 month old baby goat who seems to be exhibiting signs of constipation. He does hunch up ...
  A: Sorry to take so long. I was away for Easter. Hope he is improving. There is a how-to on giving a ...
Baby goat with bumps on muzzle4/24/2011
  Q: We just purchased a young 5 week old buck from a nearby farm. After we brought him home we noticed ...
  A: I haven't heard of putting vaseline on soremouth. Actually, my experience is that nothing works; it ...
Male pygmy goat aggressive behavior4/21/2011
  Q: My pygmy buck is 8 months old and has just begun to be extremely aggressive to me and my husband. He ...
  A: There are a couple of things you can do to changes the behavior. Do stay/get away if he starts this. ...
goat with lice4/18/2011
  Q: Yesterday we got our first baby goat as a family pet it has lice I was wonderingif my children or ...
  A: Lice only affect specific species, so dogs and people have their own variety and goats have their ...
2 week old baby-failure to thrive4/17/2011
  Q: Baby born 4/4/11. In stall with mom for a week then turned out with herd of 4 does with 4 other ...
  A: I have not heard of anemia in goat kids, so I wouldn't consider that as the first possibility. Did ...
Lameness4/17/2011
  Q: I have an 8 year old Nubian doe. She kidded two weeks ago and has just come up lame on her front ...
  A: Check it closely to make sure there isn't an injury of some sort. And then if you can, just do very ...
boer goats4/17/2011
  Q: can ifeed just all natural molasis tub 18% protein with good hay without sack feed
  A: Is the molasses tub a goat mineral? I am not familiar with it. If so, the answer is yes. They just ...
Baby Boer/Nigerian Dwarf Cross can't walk4/15/2011
  Q: The buck baby died by the afternoon and never stood and sounded as if he had fluid in his lungs. ...
  A: Kimberly, I am so sorry to hear about this little girl suffering. Another possibility is mycoplasma ...
Bucks mating with baby does4/14/2011
  Q: Have you ever heard of a mature buck mating with young does before they're old enough? Should he be ...
  A: Yes, it happens all the time. That is why I advise new goat owners not to get a buck, but to pay ...
Pygmy goat udder sores4/13/2011
  Q: 4 year old Pygmy goat has repeated sores on her udders. Have given round of penicillin, and used ...
  A: The most common cause of this is staph infection. You need to get some chlorhexidine to wash the ...
Goats Lice/Mites4/12/2011
  Q: What can i use on lactating dariy goatsfor lice/mites without any harmful effects on the milk, being ...
  A: Permethrins are safe in lactating goats. You can find a powder with this in it. There is no milk ...
my pygmy doe4/11/2011
  Q: just dropped into my barn my 3 year old female pygmy doe is shaking her head and expelling cud in ...
  A: I would check her mouth and throat. She could have a tooth problem or something caught in her ...
breeding and bloody discharge4/10/2011
  Q: I have a 6 month old silky fainter Doe that is slight bloody in vaginal area and is walking the ...
  A: It sounds like you have two issues here. Blood is not normal in heat, so perhaps she did get ...
What breed do I have?4/10/2011
  Q: My family and I recently went to a livestock sale and fell in love with the baby goats. We purchased ...
  A: Yes, send the pictures. And if these goats are not castrated, I would suggest you have it done right ...
Pregnant Goat??4/10/2011
  Q: I think my 8 year pygmy may be pregnant. We had a male fainting goat and got rid of him at the end ...
  A: The gestation for goats is 150 days, so it is too late for her to be pregnant. The darkening of the ...
5 week old doe not eating & tender teat4/8/2011
  Q: milker so quickly. The Nubian goats are now in there own pen. I think they are happy. Yesterday ...
  A: It sounds like you need to take a deep breath and cut yourself some slack. I know the fear of doing ...
"semi-blind" goat4/6/2011
  Q: I have a 6wk old doe Nubian-Boer cross. She seems to be blind. She is running into everything and ...
  A: You can get some terramycin eye ointment for livestock at the feed store. Or put a drop of port wine ...
miscarriage at three months4/6/2011
  Q: my 14 month old alpine/toggenburg was bred for the first time in jan due june 5th.yestertday she was ...
  A: Sorry for the long time to respond. I had a long day at work. It could be a miscarriage. It almost ...
Tender teat4/6/2011
  Q: We just got our first goats, nubians, a week go. A first freshener and two kids(not hers). Tonight ...
  A: She is clearly stressed. Leaving her mom with two other goats that may not be her friends. First ...
Hair Loss4/5/2011
  Q: My almost 2 year goat is loosing his hair. His skin looks clean. This is the first time this has ...
  A: My thought at this time of the year is lice. They are pretty small. You need to scrape the skin and ...
Mites4/5/2011
  Q: My vet said my goat has mites. What is the best way to treat the herd and the barn?
  A: Depends on the mite. But I have been able to use vaseline to smother them when they were chorioptic ...
swollen joints on legs on kid4/4/2011
  Q: Her mother,large Nubian(146lb) had 4 kids weighing between 6-8.5 lbs. Faith was the last born and ...
  A: At that age, the first thing that comes to mind is navel ill. Did she get her navel dipped in iodine ...
Mama goat not nursing 6 week old twins4/4/2011
  Q: I have a nubian doe with 6 week old twins. I have not seen her nurse in about a week. Every time ...
  A: If they are losing weight, yes you need to bottle feed. They can certainly survive without it, but ...
5 week old Nubian Male4/3/2011
  Q: I have a 5 week old nubian male that is in good health, eating very well and active. He shows not ...
  A: Stacey, Without being able to see them, it is hard for me to say with any certainty. If they do have ...
Hoof trimming4/2/2011
  Q: I have five goats, all healthy, but I have a question about hoof trimming. The vet taught me how to ...
  A: Yes, let them grow out more. If you keep going now you are likely to make him bleed. Do they have ...
trauma-induced labor/retained placenta?4/2/2011
  Q: I have 1 year old Boer/la mancha who just kidded 2 weeks early after one of the boss does pinned her ...
  A: I agree with you. I hate to jump right into medicating, as well. If you have oxytocin, Goat Health ...
goat shyness4/1/2011
  Q: i just brought 2 nigerian dwarf goats male & female which are very afraid of people can not get near ...
  A: I am sorry you got goats that the owners had not bothered to tame. I hope the male is a wether, as a ...
Goat c-section this afternoon4/1/2011
  Q: my little goat had a baby stuck in her and this afternoon had a c-section to remove the baby. The ...
  A: Too bad he didn't give you some banamine for the pain. That would be best. Is she grinding her ...
male goat3/30/2011
  Q: today i found that one of you billys is peeing with blood in it. what should i do he s ...
  A: Are you feeding him grain? This is a bit young for urinary calculi, but that is the most common ...
cl3/30/2011
  Q: I have a boer nanny that has cl right under her ear. It is the size of an orange and the hair is ...
  A: First make sure she is isolated from others because it can spread. Also wear gloves if you lance it ...
goat losing hair and lots of it!3/29/2011
  Q: We have a fainting goat that is part silky. She has meduim length hair. I was brushing her out ...
  A: I would suspect lice at this time of the year. She could have them worse than the short-haired ...
newborn baby goat3/27/2011
  Q: we went to check on my grandfathers goats today and found a baby,we don't know which goat was the ...
  A: If it is having seizures, it may not make it. You need to get a feeding tube and feed some ...
hand milking goat3/26/2011
  Q: We have just acquired our first goat from a friend. I have been milking her for a week with no ...
  A: Yes, this could be the start of mastitis. You need to get a California Mastitis Test (CMT) kit and ...
wobbly sickness in my goats.3/26/2011
  Q: I live in the Philippines and am raising goats. We let them roam so they have a good variety of food ...
  A: My first thought is that they ate a toxic plant. Do you know what plants they have access to? Is ...
2 month baby goat has diarrea3/25/2011
  Q: hi i have month baby goat that has a bad case of diarrhea its like dark green and he doesn't want to ...
  A: Give him kaolin pectin 5 cc starting and then every 2-4 hours if it continues. Does it smell really ...
Pygmy Goat Doe ??? When Kidding SHOULD Occur3/25/2011
  Q: 3 months ago I purchased a 9 month old doe (now approximately a year old). It became apparent a ...
  A: Pygmies often have multiple kids. And if it is several smaller kids rather than just a big-headed ...
protein level3/25/2011
  Q: ...Im worried cheryl, my pregnant doe is starting her 3rd week before kidding day and because the ...
  A: Is your goat fat? Are her legs swelling? I am not sure what you read. I certainly didn't write it. I ...
Buck with diarrhea3/25/2011
  Q: I am having an issue with one of my bucks. He is a purebred Nubian, about 220 lbs, and he is about ...
  A: When you say it came back clean, do you mean for parasites? Did they consider bacteria? Is the ...
4 does, year old3/24/2011
  Q: 5 months pregnant. This would have been their first kids. The vet thought they might have aborted so ...
  A: If you can, you should isolate the other pregnant goats. The most likely cause of abortion is ...
Diarrhea in Two Month Old Goat3/23/2011
  Q: We have a two month old baby buck who is having frequent diarrhea. It's a blackish color. I've read ...
  A: The blackish color would make me wondered whether it is blood from higher in the digestive system. I ...
Blindness in Baby Kid3/23/2011
  Q: I have a doe kid (born about 10 days ago) that started "tearing up" about 2 days ago. I originally ...
  A: This could be pinkeye. Put a drop of port wine, or oxytetracycline, or some terramycin ointment in ...
Breeding3/22/2011
  Q: I have an old Nubian (approx.14 yrs). I have a yearling Buck that is running her and is really ...
  A: Normally the large breeds only go into heat in the fall. It is unlikely but possible. I suspect it ...
Baby Goat problem3/20/2011
  Q: I have a baby goat that I disbudded 3 days ago that has had its head hit. I gave the baby 2 cc of ...
  A: You need to call a vet for some dexamethasone or something similar to prevent the brain swelling. ...
sick baby3/20/2011
  Q: I have a six week old doe..that is lethargic and is not doing well.....I am not sure what is wrong, ...
  A: Is she too weak to nurse again? She is much too young to wean. The absolute earliest should be 8 ...
Coughing Goats3/19/2011
  Q: Good Afternoon, I have a herd of 11 pygmy goats and nigerian dwarfs, ages 1 to 5. About a month ...
  A: I would get a fecal sample (mixed) from some of the coughers and send it in for a Baermann analysis, ...
sordelli in goats3/19/2011
  Q: My vet things we may have sordelli clostriduim in our commercial herd. Milkers get it(scours) when ...
  A: There is a vaccine by Colorado Serum to prevent this. http://www.drugs.com/vet/essential-4.html. ...
jaw abnormalities in nubians3/18/2011
  Q: I was wondering how common overshot or undershot jaws were in Nubian goats? Should the pair be ...
  A: It took me a little time to read up on this. It apparently is genetic. I couldnt find it in Goat ...
14 day old pygmy goat3/18/2011
  Q: I am currently nursing a baby goat and have been for about a week now. Started feeding an old milk ...
  A: I have never had any luck with milk replacer, always having the kids get diarrhea. If you are only ...
Goat hoof injury3/16/2011
  Q: Our goat was out in the yard today (playing and grazing, we have two almost year old boers for ...
  A: Without seeing it I can't tell whether she should have stitches. That usually depends on the depth ...
skin problem3/16/2011
  Q: I have a Nigerian dwarf doe that is chewing her legs raw. The weather has been very wet. She is the ...
  A: It could be a mite. Some of them seem more prone to them. I don't know what dew blister is. You can ...
Retained plcenta??3/15/2011
  Q: I read about giving the oxytocin but I can't get that any where. Other remedies?
  A: Red raspberry leaves aid contractions, so you could try that. How long has the placenta been ...
spots on my goats nose3/15/2011
  Q: Our Apline has light gray spots on her nose. She doesn't seem sick at all. Still playing and being ...
  A: Is there hair loss? Are they small and round? Could be staph infection. My friend's goats had this. ...
goats3/14/2011
  Q: goat ate azelas plants
  A: Give this recipe: Irene's Recipe for Rhododendron Poisoning. Ingredients: 15 mls Renco ...
unexpected baby goat3/14/2011
  Q: I had an unexpected baby goat that was born about an hour ago...I have not been able to get him to ...
  A: I see this was last night. I hope he has turned around and is still with you. Colostrum was good. I ...
Baby Goat with Fever3/14/2011
  Q: Good Evening, I had one of my pygmies give birth early Thursday morning. She had four, and ...
  A: Christine, Start her on the penicillin right away. They can go down fast with pneumonia and that ...
Goat with abscess3/13/2011
  Q: I have a three year old NGD buck. I have owned him for one year, and he came from a pet home with ...
  A: The only way to verify that it was CL is testing. Did he test it? Is this a goat vet? Yes, it is ...
still born kids3/12/2011
  Q: My father has had 6 kids still born. His first births were all fine and the kids are thriving. He ...
  A: I agree with you; it is probably some disease that they got, rather than the feed. The only way to ...
1st time doe kidding3/12/2011
  Q: Good day, this is the first time for me and my goat (12month old) to kid, she is a boergoat...and I ...
  A: I didn't get a picture, and sorry I didn't get this till this morning. I does sound like it could be ...
Sick Pygmy Goat3/9/2011
  Q: I have pygmy goat that is between 12 and 13 years old. She developed 3 weeks ago difficulty ...
  A: I cannot find anything linking the difficulty urinating with foaming at the mouth. She is old, so ...
goat's3/8/2011
  Q: i have pigmy goat's that are having babies and had some already are raccoon's a threat after their ...
  A: The goats and their kids should be in a secure area so raccoons cannot get to them. However, I have ...
soft tissue infection under tail3/1/2011
  Q: Our estimated 5 year old Boer/Pygmy mix doe has developed a large swollen area between her hind legs ...
  A: In answer to your question, I would continue the probiotics for a few more days.You should give the ...
retained placenta?2/28/2011
  Q: Our head goad kidding a week ago. for 2 days she walked around with her placenta half in and half ...
  A: No, the blood in urine is not normal. But are you sure it is really coming out in the urine, or ...
baby nubian2/27/2011
  Q: My husband had to pull a baby nubian as mom was having trouble delivering him. He is not a big goat ...
  A: Did mom have BoSe shot? It sounds like could be a deficiency, in light of mom's dystocia. I would ...
sick mama goat2/26/2011
  Q: my mama goat had 2 kids that both died immediately after their birth. I did not ever see a placenta ...
  A: You need to keep giving her antibiotics. I am not sure that penicillin is the right one, though. If ...
lum in baby pygmy throat2/26/2011
  Q: I have a 2 and a half week old pygmy doeling, we are bottle feeding her. she started "snoring" the ...
  A: Sometimes they get what is a called a milk goiter. It is enlarged thymus. They usually start at 2 ...
swollen goat udder2/26/2011
  Q: Any ideas on the following problem please? We have a 3 year old female pet goat (Saanen) who ...
  A: That is a long time for her to still have the udder. This is a maiden milker/precocious udder. ...
Bottle Feeding a Rejected and Very Small Nigerian Dwarf Goat2/25/2011
  Q: I have found this site the most helpful so far! I just got a goat that was born Saturday, February ...
  A: I have not used evaporated milk, and am not sure how much it should be diluted. They need the high ...
how do I know if our bottle goat is actually doing ok? eating right?2/25/2011
  Q: We got a 4 day old nubian from a breeder as the mother would not feed him. He will be 2 weeks old ...
  A: Here is some info on feeding a baby goat, from Fiasco Farm: http://fiascofarm.com/goats/feeding.htm ...
nerve damage?2/23/2011
  Q: We have a 3 week old baby that we suspect has muscular or nerve damage. We believe her to be born ...
  A: I am wondering whether she may have a spinal injury or broken back. Do you know whether she has ...
CL2/23/2011
  Q: I have a pregnant doe that has just developed of knot under her jaw that is probably CL. I am new ...
  A: Jennifer, why do you think it is CL? Was she exposed? Many abscesses are not CL. You are right to ...
Goats2/23/2011
  Q: How do you treat liver Flukes in goats??
  A: According to page 144 of Goat Health Care, the treatment of choice for liver flukes is Chlorsulon or ...
goat worming2/21/2011
  Q: I have bought Prohibit Soluble Drench Powder to worm my goats. This is the last of the different ...
  A: Cindy, I am sorry to have to tell you that you are on the wrong track here. You should not be ...
sick baby goats2/19/2011
  Q: We got 10 baby goats 1 week ago. They were a few days old then. ALl seemed in pretty good health, ...
  A: How much are you feeding each of them? You can google baby goat feeding schedule and find out the ...
male nubian goat behavior2/19/2011
  Q: I recently took in a male 1 year old Nubian goat. He was a middle school pet goat. The school ...
  A: There are a couple of ways you can approach trying to change this behavior. Raising Goats for ...
Goat's udder is swollen2/18/2011
  Q: Our female goat, Blanche, gave birth to 2 males (Jake and Elwood) about a year and a half ago. All ...
  A: My first guess would be that their nursing on her stimulated milk production, just like you ...
premature goats2/17/2011
  Q: We bought some prego does a month back froma less then reputable person (as we later found out.) ...
  A: They should have the 8 bottom teeth. They have no top teeth. Anyway, you need to get a feeding tube ...
pregnant goat problems2/17/2011
  Q: i am new working with goats i pinned her up in barn she dont want to eat her sweet feed and sucks ...
  A: She may be developing what is called milk fever, or hypocalcemia. The first thing you should do is ...
vinegar-water2/6/2011
  Q: I have a 1 yr old buck who is driving me nuts because he wont drink plain water...it has to be ...
  A: I know some people piut apple cider vinegar in the water, but my goats don't like it I would use no ...
Arthritis medication; eating horse's tail2/5/2011
  Q: I have a 4 yr. old Boer/dairy cross wether who has bad arthritis in at least one knee. From ...
  A: Some people have had luck with glucosamine and chondroitin. Banamine is a rx anti inflammatory, but ...
goat sick2/5/2011
  Q: my goat is sick she won't eat and is really weak, and forming at the mouth? she will drink a little ...
  A: You need to call a vet. First, take her temp, if you are in a cold place, get her hot water to ...
wether water intake2/4/2011
  Q: My wether is drinking 2 gallons daily but the only way he would drink it is if I mix it with a ...
  A: I wouldn't worry about calculi with all the water he is drinking. But I would suggest that you ...
Pregnant Boer Doe Bleeding Vaginally 1 week before due date1/30/2011
  Q: I have a 3 1/2 year old fullblood boer doe that is pregnant and due in about a week (today is day ...
  A: I would definitely go in to see what is happening. I would also call the vet and ask about getting ...
pygmy kid very listless doesn't eat1/27/2011
  Q: We are trying to raise a 1 month old pygmy goat. We got it 2 wks ago when the mother had died. we ...
  A: I wish people would not spread the rumor that kid replacer is bad. I know plenty of people who have ...
incorrect info in previous question1/25/2011
  Q: I'm sorry I gave some incorrect info in my previous question. I checked the name of the wormer I ...
  A: Jen, I just home from a long day at work, so I am going to answer this part of the question and then ...
worming pregnant does & mineral question1/25/2011
  Q: I have just had my goats for just over a week. I have a 1 year old boer cross buck (that had been ...
  A: Jen, My first suggestion is that you need to separate the buck from the does right away, with a ...
New pygmy goat ownier1/24/2011
  Q: We have a little hobby farm and recently rescued 5 abandoned pygmy goats(1 buck, 2 does and 2 kids). ...
  A: I would find a new home for that buck as soon as possible. Read the part of the book about checking ...
angora goat foaming at the mouth1/24/2011
  Q: My little wether angora goat, Seymour, has been having a bit of foam at the mouth the last few days. ...
  A: You don't mention his age. I would wonder about whether he might have a tooth problem, unless he is ...
my goat is ill1/22/2011
  Q: my goat is face swelling not eating not drinking what is that is it Lesteriosis or what how can i ...
  A: Where is the swelling? If under face it could be bottlejaw from parasites. If so, deworm. Could it ...
bottle feeding1/21/2011
  Q: I have a baby goat that was born wed afternoon in the pasture. She is a dwarf goat, she was a twin ...
  A: You have to get BoSe from a vet. Yes, regular cow milk with heavy cream (just a touch, as it gets ...
Mastitis can't milk!1/21/2011
  Q: I have a rescued pygmy X Nigerian. I feel from some helper goat owners she is over 6 yrs. She kidded ...
  A: Gina, Has the goat been tested for CAE virus? That is often what causes hard udder. In that case, ...
Bleeding Doe1/20/2011
  Q: My 2yr old,60 lbs, Nubian Doe, had a twin still born birth. She is still bleeding and lactating ...
  A: I am sorry about your goat losing the babies. She will continue to lactate, but I am concerned ...
Goat Injuries--Brr in Canada1/20/2011
  Q: 2 injury questions: 1) frost bite or bite injury from predator? My 6 month boer baby is missing ...
  A: I would suspect the ear is a bite, or ripped off somehow, rather than frostbite. I think they would ...
conjested udder1/20/2011
  Q: Should you discard milk that you milked from a congested udder? Is it okay to freeze and how long ...
  A: You would need to do a CMT test to determine whether the goat has mastitis or not. That's what I ...
floppy/weak newborn kid1/19/2011
  Q: I have 2 kids that were born yesterday morning. They were pretty weak when I found them. I thought ...
  A: You need to give that mom some oxytocin at this point if she hasn't passed her placenta. You will ...
Worming and Breeding1/17/2011
  Q: I have a very sweet 5 year old pygmy doe. I have only had her for a short time so I don't know much ...
  A: You give all dewormers, except moxidectin, orally at two times the cattle dosage by weight. (Even ...
Goat kid dehydrated, constipated1/17/2011
  Q: We have an 8 week old goat kid that is not doing well at all. Her mother died about 2 weeks ago, and ...
  A: She sounds like she has an obstruction or is bloated. I would first give her a little cold water ...
sick goat1/15/2011
  Q: I have a goat that is staggering and wont eat. I have had her about 4 months. She is about 10-11 ...
  A: Perhaps listeriosis? It doesn't sound like it would be polio, unless you have moldy hay. The feed ...
whether or not to dry up a Nigerian Dwarf who kidded very young1/14/2011
  Q: A Nigerian Dwarf doe kidded at about 10 months of age (from an unintentional breeding). She had a ...
  A: The milk production now will help her with her production in the future. They rarely produce as much ...
how to tell if my goat is preganant ?1/13/2011
  Q: Yes i'm a 16 year old girl who has a fairly good amount of goats they are pygmy's and i was ...
  A: Does the buck live with the does? Normally you just put them in so you can see when they breed and ...
goat lying and kicking1/12/2011
  Q: I had been getting help for you earlier on a goat with no hair on the belly , I was not able to get ...
  A: It sounds like either listeriosis or goat polio. The amount of grain can lead to polio, especially ...
vomiting goat1/12/2011
  Q: But, goat is still vomiting and making choking noises. We have given him mineral oil - about a cup. ...
  A: I don't think I answered your question before. Can't find anything from a Cindy, except on a goat ...
baby mini goat1/11/2011
  Q: Our doe gave birth in the snow. She showed no signs of delivering so soon as her bag wasn't full ...
  A: Yes, it iS a concern. I would give 1/2 tsp baking soda in a bottle of milk. Also 1/2 cc bose sq. ...
Swollen toggle1/10/2011
  Q: My 4month old saanen goatling has a swelling just where the toggle joins the neck, it is quite a ...
  A: The most likely cause is a wattle cyst. These are harmless and occur right where the wattle joins ...
aggression1/10/2011
  Q: I just got 2 goats, male neutered, still has horns about 2 yrs old. then female dehorned about 4 yrs ...
  A: This is normal goat behavior and is the reason that you are not supposed to mix horned and hornless ...
weak baby goat1/9/2011
  Q: She was born Monday didn't receive colstrum...I got her Tuesday night..she has.been.eating great, ...
  A: Sounds like you need to tube feed her some electrolytes and a 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Have you given ...
walking on front knees1/8/2011
  Q: my 4 year old pigmy billy started getting stiff in his back legs a few months ago i took him to the ...
  A: I need to know a few other things before I can offer help. Does he have any swelling in the joints? ...
Alternative Treatment for Urinary Calculi1/7/2011
  Q: I have a young Male pygmy Goat ( about 6-7 months) that has developed Urinary Calculi and I would ...
  A: The vet can give him a sedative that relaxes the muscles and some banamine for the pain. The uroeze ...
1 day old goat and nubian doe1/7/2011
  Q: We were able to milk her once nearly three days ago but now she will not come near us.I am scared if ...
  A: You may need to put a collar on her and/or put her temporarily in a smaller place. You cannot give ...
sick pygmy goat-wether1/6/2011
  Q: Vomiting , goat has had charcoal,antibiotics,milk of magnesia by Vet. still no change. What is ...
  A: Cindy, How long has the goat been vomiting? THat is a sign of poisoning. Could it be getting access ...
stillborn quads1/6/2011
  Q: My boer doe delivered quads today. All 4 were on the ground when we found here, so I don't know ...
  A: Many things can cause an abortion in a goat. Do you have other pregnant goats? You need to keep on ...
Goat with no hair on belly1/5/2011
  Q: We have a goat that has no hair on the back underbelly, she is also kind of skinny. This morning ...
  A: First question. I would suspect mites on the belly. You can smear the area with vaseline to help get ...
poor skinny goat1/4/2011
  Q: I have a young billy dont know the breed he is mostly brown in color He has become very skinny and ...
  A: What is his diet? Does he have goat minerals? Does he have access to roughage? Has he been tested ...
How to get a baby goat to drink from a bottle.1/3/2011
  Q: We have two bottle kids and they are still with their mothers but don't seem to be getting very much ...
  A: How do you know they aren't getting much milk from the moms? Is it because the moms pull away when ...
Possibe wether goat uti1/3/2011
  Q: I have a 4yr old neutured goat and I have noticed that his unbelly has turned yellow from the ...
  A: You don't say whether he is peeing or not. That is the main sign of urinary calculi, along with pain ...
swollen utters1/3/2011
  Q: We have a goat that just had twins three days ago. Her left side of her utter is hard and very ...
  A: I assume and hope you are bottle feeding the kids. You will definitely need to treat for mastitis. ...
nubian baby goat ear1/2/2011
  Q: We have a cross mix of nubian/boar goats. One baby takes after its mother with the long ears - he ...
  A: They are either hematomas or hemangiomas. Without seeing it, I can't tell you. It is best to do ...
GOAT DROOLING & GRINDING TEETH1/1/2011
  Q: HAVE 4 GOATS. WHEN BROUGHT IN FOR NIGHT 4 YEAR OLD AND 9 MONTH OLD DOES WERE DROOLING, SLOBBERING ...
  A: It could be a variety of things. The drooling and slobbering could point to a plant poisoning, since ...
goat third eyelid1/1/2011
  Q: Can you tell me where the 3rd eyelid comes up from? Is it the inside corner? Does it happen with ...
  A: Sorry to take so long, Barb. I had to do a little research on this. there isn't much out there. I ...
Goat night blindness12/31/2010
  Q: We have 9 Boer goats. One of the 6 yr old females came up to go in the pen 5 days ago and was blind. ...
  A: I couldn't find anything more than you found on this. B vitamin (thiamine) deficiency, or vitamin A ...
Goats/Penicillin12/30/2010
  Q: Our goat scraped the outside of her left eye. She was trying to squeeze through wire fencing to get ...
  A: I am not sure what Durvet penicillin is. Is it the same as procaine penicillin? That is the more ...
Goat Paralyzed12/29/2010
  Q: I am from India. My goat kid was bitten by a dog on the spine, it has fractured her spine and both ...
  A: I am so sorry about your goat. I think your idea is a very creative and humane one, but I don't ...
nerve damage12/29/2010
  Q: I was giving my 3 year old pygmy a shot of pen. for pneumonia and hit a nerve. I gave the shot in ...
  A: Missy, I am so sorry to hear about your goat. I suggest that you never give shots in the rear legs ...
New born goat12/28/2010
  Q: I have a baby goat that my daughter rescued from a lease when she was just a few days old. She is ...
  A: First, if you have been using milk replacer, don't worry about it killing her. I have personally had ...
Wethers v. Does12/28/2010
  Q: I am planning on getting 2 nigerian dwarves for strictly pets. Will you give me the basic care of ...
  A: Kiely, The best way to learn the basic care of goats is to get a good book, such as Raising Goats ...
Pigmy Goat12/27/2010
  Q: I have this goat & she stays bloated all the time, the only way I can get her to get rid of the gas ...
  A: Marilyn, Please clarify for me whether she is getting any grain at all. First, I would avoid this. ...
ill goat12/27/2010
  Q: my goat a 2 1/2 yr nubian neutered male was standing with his neck stretched out and up. He is ...
  A: Ruth, Do you have any idea how much grain he had? Did he get a full cup? Is it molasses-based? Have ...
goat castration12/23/2010
  Q: We castrated a 6 week old kid buck approximately 4 weeks ago and he appears to be infected around ...
  A: You don't say whether the testicles have fallen off or not. If not, they should be dried up enough ...
Calf Replace to goat kid12/22/2010
  Q: I have a 2 month old single kid, he has had goat milk by bottle since I got him at 2 weeks. He is ...
  A: I would just wean him rather than risk having the digestive upset and diarrhea that can come with a ...
2 day old goat seizures12/22/2010
  Q: I have a two day old billy that may not have gotten his colostrum. I found him this morning in the ...
  A: Unfortunately, the little guy has a number of strikes against him, so he may not make it. The ...
goat inlabor distress.fluid coming out of nose12/21/2010
  Q: Goat seems to be in labor distress, not pushing but has fluid coming out of nose, never seen this ...
  A: It sounds unrelated to the labor, in my experience as well. I would get some coffee with honey and ...
nanny not nursing12/21/2010
  Q: Our pygmy kidded this morning. She is very attentive but she will not let the babies nurse. We have ...
  A: I had a first freshener do this one time, too. They just don't know. I would keep holding her to let ...
questions12/21/2010
  Q: What is the normal range of wbc and rbc counts in goats
  A: The RBC varies with age and sex. According to reports from Nigerian, from 0-6 months it is 13.4 ...
Goats losing hair12/20/2010
  Q: I have two female goats. They have both lost quite a bit of hair on their back and some on legs. I ...
  A: Judy, you can use this on the skin, but you would be better served to take it back and get some ...
10 month old female in labor?12/20/2010
  Q: i was doing dishes today and my 10 month old female nubian cross is in labor? she has an udder and ...
  A: Not sure when you sent this, so perhaps she has had kids. She may or may not be all right. I know ...
Pregnant w/CL12/19/2010
  Q: I have a pregnant Boer goat with CL. She is due in about 4 wks. I was wondering if I could give ...
  A: Adrienne. Unfortunately, I could find no information that kids could get passive immunity by ...
Question pneumonia onset12/18/2010
  Q: Yesterday @ 5pm 8mo. old Nigerian Dwarf had green nasal discharge on 1 side. Temp 102F. With ...
  A: Caryn, I would treat. The dosage is 2 mg/25 lbs SQ once or twice a day. Also make sure to give him ...
swollen face and loose stool12/17/2010
  Q: We have 6 goats - all rescued. Rosie is a Saanan milker 8-10 years old. She was beng retired from a ...
  A: Sunny, I have heard that you are having snow and other cold weather there. Keep up with the ...
Stunted yearling12/15/2010
  Q: I was wondering if you had any advice for an apparently stunted 88% Boer/LaMancha yearling doe. I ...
  A: Devra, I raise mini dairy goats, which are not supposed to grow large, so I have little insight into ...
goats12/14/2010
  Q: I believe my goats have mites they are bumpy areas on the skin we been treating them with permethrin ...
  A: The best treatment for mites is subcutaneous injections of ivermectin. Sometimes it takes a second ...
Nubian buckling frozen and starved12/14/2010
  Q: down aprox. five days ago. I have him in a heated area he is keeping his temp and is bot eating ...
  A: I would call the vet and get an IV. When they get dehydrated it is very serious and can kill them. ...
pgymy goat in distress12/13/2010
  Q: one of my pet pygmy goats a 6month old wether who is normally healthy and well,has become unwell, we ...
  A: I don't know what the vet found out. He is clearly in pain and needs some Banamine to help the pain ...
Mini Nubian12/13/2010
  Q: My three year mini nubian did not eat this morning,drank water, ate a half of blueberry cookie,and ...
  A: I would not give penicillin. It could just be a temporary thing. I would offer some baking soda, ...
very sick goat wont poop12/11/2010
  Q: I have a 12 week old pygme goat that yesterday I took to the vet because he was weak and could poop ...
  A: Jamie, It's more likely that the blob was mucus. You can give him a soapy water enema if he is still ...
infant goal problems12/10/2010
  Q: Infant goat, Floppy, born Tuesday. Weak hind end so couldn't stand 2 nurse. Good suckle reflex so ...
  A: My first question would be whether the kid has had baking soda. This is the first line treatment for ...
6week old kid12/8/2010
  Q: i just got this kid, cant stand,walks on her front knees. temp.and resp are normal. joint do seam ...
  A: There are a number of possibilities. Do you know the history of this kid? Usual cause of this is ...
Mother goat12/3/2010
  Q: We have a goat that just kidded yesterday morning. She had twins. However, she has this whitish, ...
  A: It is colostrum and will gradually turn to milk over about 3 days. It may be that the little girl ...
doe who favors one kid over the other12/1/2010
  Q: i had a boer doe who just kidded and she had a doe first and a buck second. she favors the doe ...
  A: I would just keep a close eye on them. The mom may come around. If he has milk on his mouth and ...
shaking12/1/2010
  Q: My dairy goat shakes when it is under 45 degrees, act depress, fuzzy face, doesn't eat well, she is ...
  A: Teressa, First of all I would make her a coat out of a used sweatshirt. Cut off sleeves and cut it ...
Doe with enlarged udder11/30/2010
  Q: I have a 5 year old doe who had twins 6 weeks ago, she feed them for 1 day and then refused to let ...
  A: You need to get a California Mastitis Test (CMT) and see whether the doe has mastitis. Eventually, ...
pygmy birth11/29/2010
  Q: Pygmy female has part of bag hanging out,with red liquid, not broken. She is out in the pasture ...
  A: Get her into a secured area. Wash your hands well. You may not need to break it. The kid will live ...
dairey goats and chickens11/28/2010
  Q: can dairy goats and chickens share a barn? this area would include milking area.
  A: They can, but I wouldn't do it. They don't generally share any diseases, so that isn't the problem. ...
chronic udder problems11/27/2010
  Q: i have a 4 yr old alpine doe that's never kidded, but at age 2 began filling up on one side of her ...
  A: Has she been tested for CAE virus? That is often what causes these hard udders along with mastitis. ...
Baby goat11/27/2010
  Q: I have a 1 day old baby goat he is very small althou feeding well! His mum rejected him as he was ...
  A: Christina, I need to have more information to be able to advise. Has he been pooping and peeing ...
Nubian doe (seems old) not getting up11/26/2010
  Q: We have an older (not sure how old but has a lot of grey, and seems very wise) Nubian doe, who ...
  A: Ross, I will start at then end. The lying on the side and kicking legs seems to me related to some ...
Nanny goat with scours11/24/2010
  Q: I am in the uk, a few months back i purchased 2 young toggy does... everything was going well ...
  A: Katie, It could very well be the extra grain. They also are more prone to parasite overload right ...
Goat coat11/24/2010
  Q: I have a boer goat about six that had trips and raised just fine. BUT she shed coat and all the red ...
  A: I would suspect a nutritional deficiency. Goat Medicine mentions zinc or vitamin A as causes of hair ...
my goat looks preg.??11/23/2010
  Q: I got Nanny in late Aug. She looked preg. and the man I got her from said she was. But for far ...
  A: Janie. If she looked pregnant in August, she would have had the kids by now. Usually you can't tell ...
sores on udders11/23/2010
  Q: My doe has these blister looking bumps on her sack. After reading many articles on the Internet I am ...
  A: I wouldn't start with penicillin injections to treat it. I would start with something less invasive ...
preterm labor11/23/2010
  Q: We have about 5 boer goats who have in the last 3 days given birth to 10 preterm kids. They all look ...
  A: You need to get one of the kids necropsied, as well as a placenta. This is called an abortion storm. ...
Goat Teeth Grinding and in pain11/22/2010
  Q: I read your reply to another individual who had a single goat who was grinding his teeth. When we ...
  A: It seems odd to me that he is chewing cud. (Good, though). What does his belly look like? It sounds ...
Goat nose chapped11/20/2010
  Q: My 8mo old Nubian jams his face into the hay to pick out the good stuff. Recently I notice the ...
  A: I think you have the answer with the word obstruction. I suspect an obstruction in his nose. ...
17 year old nannie11/16/2010
  Q: Have a beloved 17 year old nannie (last kidded 6 yrs ago). Was the Queen til last year. Has been ...
  A: She is really an old goat. She is probably just slowing down; but too bad a wether took her spot as ...
UDDER IS ONLY HALF DEVELOPING11/15/2010
  Q: I HAVE RECENTLY RESCUED SOME PYGMY GOATS THAT WERE ABANDONED. ONE OF THEM IS PREGNANT, (I COULD FEEL ...
  A: I would suspect mastitis in that half. Has this goat been tested for CAE virus? That can cause ...
soft lump in goat udder11/13/2010
  Q: I have only had and milked this Saanen doe for 2.5 weeks. She is 5 yrs old. Her left udder seems ...
  A: Keith, It sounds like milk cysts. The tissue gets separated and it fills with milk, making a lump. ...
9 MONTH OLD TOO YOUNG TO BREED11/12/2010
  Q: MOTHER & DAUGHTER {BORN JANUARY} NUBIAN/SANAAN CROSS SLIPPED OUT WENT 3/4 MILE TO NEIGHBORS PYGMY ...
  A: 9 months old isn't too young to breed, but if you didn't want them bred, then you can get Lutalyse ...
putting baby orphan goat outside in winter11/12/2010
  Q: i have an orphan kid about 3 weeks old, and i'm wondering when he can start sleeping outside, at ...
  A: He is a little cutie! Why don't you get another kid for him? Goats should not live alone because ...
Goat will not stand11/11/2010
  Q: I emailed you earlier this week about my nanny goat that gave birth to twins and acted sick and ...
  A: Yes, you have to get her up somehow. Are you giving her electrolytes or anything? I am glad she is ...
over agressive wether11/10/2010
  Q: I have recently acquired a 2 1/2 yr old wethered angora goat that has been weathered for over a ...
  A: I am not aware of any hormone that would work on him. I suspect he still has a testicle, hence the ...
My goat with juvenile arthritis11/10/2010
  Q: My goat has been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis - progressive and crippling. Do you know if any ...
  A: I haven't heard of juvenile arthritis in a goat. Are you sure isn't CAE? Still arthritis that is ...
Male goats-when to breed?11/9/2010
  Q: What is the appropriate age to start breeding them? Everything has dropped and they definitely show ...
  A: I usually wait until they are a year old, but they sometimes have other ideas. Are they big enough ...
12 day old goat11/9/2010
  Q: I have been bottle feeding a little male boer goat for 12 days. Everything has been great, he had a ...
  A: Check his belly for bloat. Does it feel swelled up or tight? Is he pooping? Sometimes they get ...
Nanny sick after kidding11/8/2010
  Q: I have a nanny goat that gave birth to twins 11/3/10. She has been acting sick since 11/6/10. She ...
  A: Have you taken her temperature? Did you see her pass the placenta? I am wondering about a uterine ...
Young goat dragging legs11/8/2010
  Q: My friend raises goats, and has a young female, not quite a year old, who started dragging her right ...
  A: It does sound as though she has a vertebra out of whack. I would call the closest veterinary college ...
Goat's problem with rear legs11/8/2010
  Q: End of October one of our milking goats has got a swollen joint on her rear left leg which looked ...
  A: Has this goat been tested for CAE virus? That would be the most likely cause of swelling in the ...
pygmy doe with neck swelling11/7/2010
  Q: I brought a 1 y.o. pygmy doe home yesterday. She has suddenly developed a firm swelling, the size of ...
  A: Maggie, It could be a bacterial abscess, CL or a vaccine abscess. You need to find out where they ...
angora goat11/6/2010
  Q: I know that normal temperature ranges for dairy goats is 101 t0 103 generally. is this the same for ...
  A: Temp would be the same for all kinds of goats. The 100.5 isn't necessarily abnormal. I suggest you ...
My Goat was throwing up diarrhea looking vomit11/6/2010
  Q: I ran out of Purina Goat chow yesterday, so today I let my goat out to eat for like 3 hours and also ...
  A: It may not have been the apples, but something else she ate when she was roaming around. There are ...
My goat is Losing her balance11/6/2010
  Q: My goat has started losing her balance. She acts like she has Parkinson disease. Can a goat get ...
  A: Goats don't get parkinson's. She may have listeriosis or goat polio. These affect the nervous ...
Goat post castration- shivering11/3/2010
  Q: My male goat got castrated today with the clamp by the vet and he got all his vaccinations too at ...
  A: Kathy, If it continues, you should be concerned. I would make sure he warm, give him some hot water ...
wethered goats (feed)10/28/2010
  Q: We have 5 wethered Alpine goats. They are about 4 years old. We live in Oregon and they live on 6 ...
  A: I don't advocate EVER feeding grain to wethers. It can cause urinary calculi in some of them. Goat ...
Are my weeds safe to eat?10/27/2010
  Q: I am about to turn a horse pasture into a goat pasture. In the past I have seen fiddleneck here, ...
  A: Fiddleneck contains an alkaloid that has been known to cause photosensitization (a form of ...
sick goat10/26/2010
  Q: my daughter got a boer goat, and we were told it is 5 months old. He has running diahreea and is ...
  A: I hope I am not too slow to respond. Just got home from work. You have to make sure he doesn't get ...
separation anxiety10/25/2010
  Q: recently I separated a 6 month old doe, and a 3 month old wether. they are separated by a fence. ...
  A: Unless you have only one buck who needs a friend, why not keep the wether with the doe? I always let ...
Baby Boer goat10/24/2010
  Q: Me again with the doe that had a stillborn.. I spent a few hours trying to get her to accept one of ...
  A: I am not aware of a shot to dry goats up. Yes, check the udder for extreme tightness. Do not expect ...
Baby Boer goat10/24/2010
  Q: week ago. I now have just had a doe give birth and although i didn't witness the ACTUAL birth I am ...
  A: Jill, If you are going to give another kid to her, you need to do it soon. Put her in a separate ...
strange goat behavior10/23/2010
  Q: I am a new owner of two diary goats, though they have not been bred yet. The one in question is a 9 ...
  A: I had a goat a few years ago that did this. It seemed to be a nervous habit she developed. I asked a ...
goat's bent front leg10/21/2010
  Q: I have an older goat who's left front leg is bent at the knee joint. It is "frozen" at a ninety ...
  A: I had to do a little research before I answered because I have not encountered this. Goat Medicine ...
Re: Migi keeps yawning10/16/2010
  Q: This is Lila Ann i normally ask Donna but she's on vacation so anyway my goat Migi keeps yawning and ...
  A: Lila Ann, Is it yawning or trying to swallow or something else? I wouldn't worry about the yawning ...
pigmygoat10/16/2010
  Q: My male goat has a punctured testicle. What should i do?
  A: First thing to do is to give a tetanus antitoxin shot. Can you clean it with hydrogen peroxide and ...
Baby Boer goat10/15/2010
  Q: My doe gave birth to triplets 30 hours ago. 2 of them (although the smaller ones) are fine and I ...
  A: He could have white muscle disease or floppy kid syndrome. Two things two do: Give him a 1/2 cc BoSe ...
mini dairy goats10/13/2010
  Q: I have enjoyed your book and use a lot! But I would like to know how to breed my Pygmy buck to my ...
  A: You could tie her up. I have stood in front of the doe and held her in place in such cases. ...
How common is CAE and other diseases in goats?10/11/2010
  Q: I am just buying my first goat. I had no prior knowledge of goat diseases until I started ...
  A: I don't think the current percentage of goats infected with CAE is known at this time. It can be ...
New goat questions10/11/2010
  Q: This weekend I was given two young goats: a 6 month old female African pygmy and a 4 month old ...
  A: The male may not have ever eaten pelleted feed. Male goats don't need it anyway and you need to be ...
brown stinky foam goat10/8/2010
  Q: 1 of my goats start a sore mouth and now all my goats have the same thing but 1 goat has fat cheeks ...
  A: It sounds like the soremouth lesions are inside this goat's mouth. I would check for that. ...
sick buck10/7/2010
  Q: and he has just started staying by himself and and not going out to eat with the other 3 goats, he ...
  A: Do you have any hay or wheat straw that you can offer him? Is his poop normal? What is his ...
diahirra10/5/2010
  Q: i have a nannie goat i think she about 2 maybe 3 years old. She got very skinny over the summer. We ...
  A: I have a couple of ideas. First of all (and maybe you are already doing this) get some kaolin pectin ...
Winter comming on10/5/2010
  Q: Have 10 goats 4 wethers and 6 nannies. how should i feed in the winter months when there's no ...
  A: Carol, All they really need is good hay and a goat mineral to have a balanced winter diet. And lots ...
left side of doe10/3/2010
  Q: My doe just kidded (single) this am and on the left side of her belly is a hard knot (sticking out a ...
  A: It could be her rumen. I have made that mistake in the past. Because it is the left side and because ...
Nigerian dwarf with eye crusties10/2/2010
  Q: I have 2 8/9 week old Nigerian babies, the night we brought them home we noticed eye crusties and ...
  A: Could be pinkeye or another mild eye infection. This is not uncommon. Goat Health Care mentions ...
Nigerian Dwarf Goats9/29/2010
  Q: We have four goats they are about 6 months old. We first got 2 females then added a weathered male. ...
  A: Could it be partly that the first wether is more bonded to people than goats? Do you know whether he ...
Soars on Boer Goats Legs9/29/2010
  Q: I have a nine month old boer doe. I thought she had gotten caught and possibly sprained her leg(s)a ...
  A: The peroxide could be irritating it. I would put hot (not too hot) compresses on the wounds twice a ...
thin scruffy goat9/26/2010
  Q: Sugarbaby is a one year old Boer nanny. She is a bottle-baby. She has been dewormed often. She has ...
  A: Melanie, Considering that you live in the southern US, it may be that the dewormer you are using is ...
Can my goats eat. hickory nuts?9/24/2010
  Q: This is our first fall with goats (Boer's). One of our pastures has several hickory nut trees and ...
  A: They are not listed in A Guide to Plant Poisoning of animals in North America. So, apparently they ...
refusal to feed kid9/24/2010
  Q: Yesterday one of our maiden angora goats gave birth to a healthy robust kid. We have placed them in ...
  A: Steve, I had this happen with a first time mom once. I put her on the milkstand and let the baby ...
Goat bowel movement9/24/2010
  Q: We are raising 2 goats for my daughter's 4-H project. I've noticed that one of them has not had ...
  A: I wouldn't give him oil for this. As long as he is pooping, he will be all right. But if he just has ...
Pygmy Wither9/22/2010
  Q: I have a 3 year old pygmy wither that was born with a urethra deformity where his urine would pool ...
  A: I am not sure I can help more than the university vets, but will try. I would get him some good ...
Getting Starting with goats9/18/2010
  Q: I am encouraged with everything I know about goats so far. I tried the milk, and read several ...
  A: It depends on the type of goat, or whether you are willing to sell them at auction. It is easy to ...
Goat hurt leg9/16/2010
  Q: My goat hurt its leg, its not bleeding, it was slammed into a shed by another goat, and I was ...
  A: It may be broken. It wouldn't necessarily cause the skin to be broken. If you cannot take her to the ...
CAE help needed9/16/2010
  Q: I bought a young french alpine kid female and now at its age of six months, it was found to be ...
  A: No, this is not usually how CAE looks. The more likely problem is goat polio, which is caused by ...
Bowed legs in newborn kid9/16/2010
  Q: I have a buck kid with bowed front legs. He is standing and walking, but walks on the outside of his ...
  A: It could be rickets, which is a vitamin D deficiency, epiphysitis or a condition known as bentleg. ...
female goat - blood in urine9/13/2010
  Q: For the last couple days, my 5 year old pigmy goat has had blood in her urine, she seems fine, ...
  A: Blood in the urine can be caused by urinary stones or infection of the bladder or kidneys. Certain ...
goat with knee problem9/13/2010
  Q: I have a 6 year old nubian weather. He was injured in the knee by a corral mate ( a smaller goat ...
  A: I have not seen any goat knee injuries. I would ask the vet for some Banamine for short term use, in ...
wethers9/12/2010
  Q: I was told not to feed wethers corn? ANSWER: They don't need any kind of grain. They just need good ...
  A: Yes, you should not feed them corn. You should not feed them grain and corn is grain. Probably the ...
goat sick with possible pneumonia9/12/2010
  Q: I have a 1yr old Nigerian dwarf goat that I got in June. She had a slight cough when we got her but ...
  A: It's strange she has no fever. Is she eating all right? You have done all the right things. I would ...
Goats with diahrea9/11/2010
  Q: I have two young does (5-6 months) that have terrible diarrhea. (Watery, green). I came across ...
  A: If it is parasites, the ivermec may have gotten it. You need to dose orally at 2X the cattle dose by ...
LaMancha Goat Ear Infection9/10/2010
  Q: I recently bought a 140 pound pregnant LaMancha Goat. I noticed she has a "crusty" substance on the ...
  A: LaManchas are known for these ear problems. They can get ear mites and other problems. You can clean ...
goat getting out9/10/2010
  Q: I just purchased 2 adorable 1 yr old nigerian wethers to keep my goat friendly horse company in a ...
  A: I wonder whether they were bottle-raised. This makes them bonded to humans rather than goats, so ...
weaning kids9/8/2010
  Q: at what age is a reccomended Nigerian dwarf bottle kid, to be weaned ! My partner says not till one ...
  A: I let them wean themselves, unless I sell them first. They should be weaned no earlier than 8 weeks, ...
Goat cant move back legs9/7/2010
  Q: My male Boer goat is unable to use his back legs. He can move his head and front legs but it seems ...
  A: There are a couple things that might be causing this. Could he somehow have broken his back? That ...
4 MONTH OLD GOAT9/6/2010
  Q: We have a 4 month old goat. We notice today that her breast are actually fuller and firmer than the ...
  A: Even if she was pregnant, her udder would not show it this early. Gestation is 150 days and most do ...
worms9/6/2010
  Q: I raise boer goats and for the last 2 yrs. i seem to fight coccidiosis and worms in my young kids ...
  A: Do you deworm the moms the day after they kid? That can help some. Also, especially if you have a ...
goats haveing babies9/6/2010
  Q: how babies do they carry at one time? and if more then one, how can you tell? how far apart before ...
  A: Depending on the breed, they have been know to have up to six. But two is the most common. The rule ...
Goat Pregnacy9/5/2010
  Q: What are steps before a goat is about to kid? She is a white boer goat about three she has had two ...
  A: That could be a sign that she is going to kid. Is she acting different? uncomfortable at all? Lying ...
Labour complications9/5/2010
  Q: Help! We have 3 nubian does that are having problems with their births after we bred to a full bred ...
  A: I noticed in your rating that you mentioned oxytocin. I would NOT use that on a doe who is kidding. ...
Can a 10 week old kid doe be pregnant?9/5/2010
  Q: I have two dairy goat "families" one pair of kids is 8 weeks old and the other pair are 10 weeks ...
  A: Unfortunately, they have been known to breed as young as two months old. I would get some lutalyse ...
Injections9/4/2010
  Q: Whenever I go to worm my goats, I inject with Ivomec plus, It really hurts them and I don't know if ...
  A: Denise, You should always give most injections to goats subcutaneously and not in the muscle. But ...
wether's9/4/2010
  Q: I have 4 wether's and 6 nannies, and I have my herd down just like I like, but the question is, what ...
  A: You can just give them grass hay, as long as you have the goat minerals out for them. That is all ...
weaning from bottle and buck behavior9/4/2010
  Q: i have a baby pygmy she is 3 months old the mom died two days after she was born been bottle fed ...
  A: You need to separate them. Does can get bred as young as 3 months old and you do not want her father ...
Sick goat 6 to 8 months old9/4/2010
  Q: We bought a boer goat from an unkown source about 3 weeks ago. The goat has diaherra so we took it ...
  A: Did the vet do a fecal analysis to arrive at the conclusion that it was worms? that is the only way ...
worming goats9/3/2010
  Q: We just lost a 5 month old kid due to worm infestation. We have another kid who is 6 months that we ...
  A: Denise, If you live in a southern area, there may be parasite resistance to both of those dewormers. ...
boer nanny not eating9/3/2010
  Q: nanny had hoof trimmed about 8 weeke ago.since then the other goats 5 of them picked on her and has ...
  A: She could be. But sometimes they just get picked on and don't get enough to eat. I would need to ...
on and on bahs9/2/2010
  Q: i have na adorable little goat hes about six weeks old. i put him tied in a field in day and in cage ...
  A: Goats should never be tied in a field because predators, including domestic dogs, can easily kill ...
doe not accepting one twin9/1/2010
  Q: a friend of mine raises pygmy goats and his does have recently been kidding and one of them has a ...
  A: I don't know of any way to trick her when she rejects a kid. The only two options are to bottle ...
baby pygmy female9/1/2010
  Q: I have purchased a 3 1/2 week old baby..and I cannot get to suck a bottle.Ive tried three different ...
  A: I use the yellow and red lambar nipple that attaches to a soda bottle. You need to make sure the ...
skin infection?8/31/2010
  Q: I have 60 some goats, does, 2010 kids and yearling wethers, that I rent out for weed control. They ...
  A: The first thing that comes to my mind is some kind of external parasite like lice or mites. You ...
Heavy coughing8/31/2010
  Q: He's been coughing since I got him two months ago but it has been getting worse. He coughs harder ...
  A: I would try 5 ml benadryl syrup to see whether it helps with congestion. I would also start him on ...
death of twin goat8/30/2010
  Q: I have had a set of twin girls for the last two and half years that i got from 12 weeks of age very ...
  A: She is grieving the loss of her sister. She needs another goat to keep her company. It will take a ...
15 month old Nubian doe not well8/30/2010
  Q: I have a 15 month old Nubian Doe. Just bred (I hope) has been doing very well until this morning. ...
  A: My goats like root beer. Maybe she will take some of that or some ginger ale. It would help. ...
dying pregnant goat8/30/2010
  Q: My doe is due this saturday and she got the runs this week. I treated with power punch and ...
  A: She may have enterotoxemia. Do you have CDT antitoxin. She needs that bad. Give her kaolin pectin or ...
Rescue Goat just gave birth8/29/2010
  Q: I have a goat that I got 3 years ago, a cashmere/boar cross. She was about 3 at the time. My pygmy ...
  A: I always give a bucket of hot molasses water to mine right after they kid. They need a lot more ...
udder shrank8/28/2010
  Q: Our 5 year old Nubian doe is pregnant - or so we thought - but her udder, which was pretty full not ...
  A: No, this is not normal. There are a couple of possibilities: She was never pregnant, but had a ...
ND goat kids8/27/2010
  Q: 1 have had 5 ND goats for 3 years have used safeguard every 2-3 months when I trim there feet. Well ...
  A: Julie, I would continue giving the antitoxin. It won't hurt and if it is enterotoxemia, it may ...
911! bottle jaw/anemia8/26/2010
  Q: I rescued a goat last week with severe anemia. Body condition is described as "Skin & Bones" Gums, ...
  A: You can actually give the red cell at a higher dose--1cc/20 lb every 12 hours. I would up that for ...
Goat still not standing after several weeks8/24/2010
  Q: We bought a goat (approx.3 yr old doe) that was severely neglected, and are in the process of ...
  A: Gary, I have not personally seen this, but as long as her spirits are up, she is eating and the ...
food8/24/2010
  Q: We recently rescued 3 goats from what i will call a mad old man. They was tied to a tree with a 2 ...
  A: No, Michelle, do not let the neighbors feed them this kind of junk. It can throw the rumen bacteria ...
goat death question8/24/2010
  Q: I bought a young boer billy at an auction. He did not seem to do as well as I thought he should, ...
  A: I have not heard of a vitamin B-1 defiency. They can get polio, which is a thiamine deficiency and ...
white muscle disease8/22/2010
  Q: My goat is about 4weeks old. She is bottle fed but, I think has the disease. I'm giving her a second ...
  A: Be careful on giving the BoSe. It may not be white muscle disease and it is possible to overdose. ...
mastitis treatment in Meat Goats8/21/2010
  Q: Young doe kidded 8-14, one Female kid, soon became obvious that doe was giving little milk though ...
  A: Sherry, If it is infectious mastitis, the kid is probably all right. But often this kind of hard ...
Dairy goats8/21/2010
  Q: I raise dairy goats and I have two questions. The first is about worming. It has been a rainy wet ...
  A: First, I would recommend that you look for my book, Goat Health Care, in the library. It covers a ...
goat deaths8/21/2010
  Q: Last year I had some of my 2-4 year old does become instantly sick overnight and die. Some would ...
  A: Stacey, I am so sorry to hear about you losing all those goats. That had to have been a nightmare. ...
vegetables for goats8/19/2010
  Q: I read in an earlier answer that goats should not eat potatos and cabbage fammily only sparingly. ...
  A: Potatoes are in the nightshade family and cabbage is a brassica; both of these can be toxic to ...
sneezing8/19/2010
  Q: I just got two goats at a fair 3 days ago. the previous owners said that they might get a cold ...
  A: Take their temperatures to see whether they have a fever. Some people give vitamin C 500 mg, but I ...
goat with cough8/17/2010
  Q: I bought a 6 month old boer doeling last week and she seemed healthy for about 2 days then she got ...
  A: Valbazen does control lungworms, so it may not have been that. I suspect that the main cause of ...
GOAT WORMER8/17/2010
  Q: WHAT GOAT WORMER DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR KIDS AND ADULTS AND HOW OFTEN?
  A: It depends on the size of your herd, the space they have, whether they are on a clean pasture or ...
goat upset stomach8/3/2010
  Q: this is terrible,i thru out my wifes old pickles from the fridge(sweet and sour) and the goat ate ...
  A: Do you have any activated charcoal? Also called ToxiBan. If you can still go to the feed store and ...
Male goat swollen neck glands8/3/2010
  Q: I have a ten month old neuter male Pygmy goat which is current on shots has a normal body temp and ...
  A: My thought was bottle jaw, which is caused by too many parasites. Has he been dewormed? The ...
goats8/1/2010
  Q: my goat has green poop that is more of a terd then pellets why? The other goat has pellets that r ...
  A: What are you feeding the goats? They can get green poop that is not pelleted when they get a lot of ...
goat hair loss and blood in urine8/1/2010
  Q: I have a 3 year old female nubian who has been loosing her hair the last week and she seems quite ...
  A: Urine with blood usually indicates a bladder or kidney infection. Have you taken her temperature? ...
castrating older goats7/31/2010
  Q: I have read several posts by goatlady encouraging waiting until goats are older to castrate them and ...
  A: I heard a vet say the same thing, but I believe he was thinking that people would have a vet do it. ...
Pregnant Mini Goat7/31/2010
  Q: I have an 8 year old miniature goat who is absolutely huge. She herself is only 52cm but a solid ...
  A: I had a Nigerian Dwarf who had quintuplets two years in a row. It sounds like what she went through. ...
injured goat7/30/2010
  Q: My dairy goat was attacked by a dog 5 days ago and heeling OK except it has swollen neck between two ...
  A: I would give an injection of tetanus antitoxin, and start the penicillin. Also some aspirin or ...
Several sick goats with different symptoms!7/29/2010
  Q: We have 1 cashmere goat ( wether 2yrs) and 2 boer goats (does 7 months). About 10 days ago one of ...
  A: It sounds like you need a fecal exam, and perhaps a Baermann, which tells if you have lungworms. ...
colostrum7/28/2010
  Q: what is the best kind of clostrum for orphans who can not possibly get from their mother. also how ...
  A: Melanie, It only helps them for a short time after birth. Ideally, you need to feed them colostrum ...
goat bleeding7/28/2010
  Q: we have 2, 6 year old alpine goats (like our dogs,not farm raised)when being put out today we ...
  A: I would give her pepto bismol for kaolin pectin for the diarrhea until you get it stopped. You ...
what variety of soap for washing goat?7/24/2010
  Q: In response to an earlier question, you recommended using mild people shampoo and conditioner for ...
  A: Are y.our sure it was me that recommended that? It's not a recommendation that I would make. I have ...
Goat with infected jaw and constipation maybe7/21/2010
  Q: My goat is a 150 pound 1.5 yr old Sannen wether. I took him to vet yesterday and the vet confirmed ...
  A: Ketamine doesn't cause constipation. The gauntness could be because he was eating less due to the ...
Goat7/19/2010
  Q: I have a goat that is lame. He is walking on his front knee joints for a few days. His front lower ...
  A: The vast majority of goats never get full blown CAE. But often those that do get it pretty severely. ...
Injection sites and hair loss7/19/2010
  Q: I was reading your answer to a question about lameness in a kid after he was in injected in the ...
  A: No, you should not use the rear leg as an injection site. Most injections given to goats can be ...
Young goat kids7/18/2010
  Q: I have had the worst luck on my small farm lately.We have lost 2 bucklings around 3 - 4 months ...
  A: Broken legs first. Is there a place where they might have broken legs? Fence? Wooden spools with ...
pygmy goats winter birth7/18/2010
  Q: I am in the process of purchasing two female pygmy goast and I want to have them both exposed to a ...
  A: Don, You will just have to make sure that they have a warm, nondrafty indoor with a good layer of ...
baby goats7/17/2010
  Q: My baby goat at 4 days old stop taking the bottle, and now day five seems to be very weak now, I ...
  A: You need to give the goat some electrolytes by feeding tube. Do you have another goat owner in the ...
cough7/17/2010
  Q: I just started a hobby farm with nigerian dwarf goats, born 4/23/10, a doeling and her brother (a ...
  A: I am in the school of thought that says don't treat with antibiotics unless your animals are sick. ...
sick goat7/16/2010
  Q: I have a 2 year old female boar goat, she started out with diarrhea, we wormed her, then she started ...
  A: When they get diarrhea, they often get dehydrated and it can be impossible to save them with ...
Lameness in rear leg after injection.7/16/2010
  Q: 9 month old buckling was given im penicillin injection in rear/hip. Immediately noticed a difference ...
  A: This is most likely sciatic nerve paralysis. Unfortunately, you should NEVER give a goat an ...
Goat health7/15/2010
  Q: I recently (1 week ago) got two Nigerian dwarf goats, they are right at 1 year old. I have several ...
  A: Brian, You don't say what region you are in. Are you in the South? I think the worming that has been ...
foamy mouth7/15/2010
  Q: The 4-H meat goat developed "goat polio" and seems to have recovered pretty well after giving ...
  A: I would wonder what color the electrolytes are. The apple leaves are good for her and grass seeds ...
sick babies7/14/2010
  Q: I have had 27 kids in the past 3 months and I have had 3 die this week. I have wormed all of them on ...
  A: Normally you see improvement with the antitoxin. Do they seem improved at all? Are they getting milk ...
weak baby goat7/14/2010
  Q: I recently bought some adult goats and was given a baby goat at 2 days old who was not being fed my ...
  A: He is really a cutie! The texture of is hair is unusual, though. It is possible that he is blind and ...
Goat testicles7/14/2010
  Q: One of our newborn male goats, an Alpine, Nubian mix, was born with his testicles outside of the ...
  A: You don't say how old he is, which is key. Also with this kind of problem, he could have some other ...
sick goat7/12/2010
  Q: I woke up sat morning to sick goats I have Boer goats and 4 of them have a bad cough. And all 8 of ...
  A: LA-200 given by injection is good for the possible pneumonia (the cough). Put a drop in each eye for ...
dairy goat with possible uti7/12/2010
  Q: I have a 6yr old who is peeing brownish red no signs of pain eating well.She get purina goat chow ...
  A: According to Goat Medicine, red urine indicates blood and can be caused by urinary stone, or ...
banding goat7/11/2010
  Q: We have a 3 1/2 month Nigerian Dwarf buck. We would like to weather him. What is the latest we can ...
  A: You should probably have a vet do it because he is over 3 months old. The latest I usually do it is ...
Mammary development in Billy Goat7/11/2010
  Q: I have a six year old Billy that has developed what looks like a nanny's udders. It hangs down in ...
  A: I suppose a tumor is always possible, but according to Goat Medicine such tumors are quite rare in ...
straining7/10/2010
  Q: I have a male Nigerian Dwarf goat that is 6 months old. Yesterday he started just laying around. ...
  A: It sounds like he has urinary stones. These are usually caused by feeding grain or alfalfa to males, ...
Gaping hole in my goats leg7/7/2010
  Q: When I got home, there was blood everywhere.My goat cut his leg on a tin roof while jumping on the ...
  A: You need to first put pressure on the wound and get the bleeding to stop. Unless you have sutures, ...
orphaned boer goat.?7/6/2010
  Q: my family and i have recently (2 days ago ) taken in a boer kid orphan. the mom wasnt feeding her ...
  A: First, I recommend goat milk and if you can't get that then cow milk with a little cream added to ...
goat bleating different/strained7/6/2010
  Q: I have a 12 wk old Alpine wether. Got 3 days ago. Is very healthy, but vet found tapeworm. Am ...
  A: He sounds like he is healthy, so my inclination (without hearing the bleat) would be that he has ...
bloated goat7/5/2010
  Q: i have a goat that always seams bloated on both sides for about 2 weeks now. i have given her bloat ...
  A: Are you positive on the pregnancy dates? Because they don't usually show until they are 4 months ...
goat with swollen knees7/4/2010
  Q: I am a hogfarmer and a former dairyman so I have some knowledge of livestock. We acquired a few ...
  A: Unfortunately, there isn't a treatment other than comfort care. Goats with mild cases can be given ...
Sick baby goat7/3/2010
  Q: I have a very sick little goat. She was perfectly fine 2 days ago but now she has started to become ...
  A: It sounds like you are doing things right. The heat lamp is a good idea. The eating is a good sign ...
sick goat7/3/2010
  Q: We have 3 fainting goat whethers about 6 months old that have been active and thriving up until ...
  A: The things you are doing are good. But you must get him ruminating again asap. Do you have ...
sick baby goat7/2/2010
  Q: My doeling is 3 weeks old. Her and her sister came down with pneumonia. Her sister died but, she ...
  A: Were their navels dipped in iodine right after birth? This sounds like it could be navel ill, which ...
Grumpy kids7/1/2010
  Q: We bought 2 8 week old pygmy does about two weeks ago. Despite working with them daily, offering ...
  A: You just have to keep handling them. Do you have a small area that you can put them in and then just ...
New Born Boar Goats7/1/2010
  Q: I have 2 newborn goats 3 days old. They have the scours and now the mom has the scours.She is ...
  A: I don't think this would relate to the placenta. She may have eaten it. I would give all the goats ...
Goat Utter7/1/2010
  Q: I have 3 goats, a 2 year-couple month old Nigerian Dwarf, Nelly, Female, approx 60-75 lbs, never ...
  A: This is called precocious udder. The udder develops like a goat with a kid and has milk in it. ...
Very very sick Goat7/1/2010
  Q: I have a very sick kid that wont eat,drink, diarea very badly ,lookks like water, yellow pus coming ...
  A: I would suspect that the kid has coccidiosis. The treatment is a sulfa drug called Albon or ...
goat cough6/30/2010
  Q: I have read some responces to this but nothing is working. I have a boer billy that is less than a ...
  A: You can try another antibiotic; Naxcel (prescription) is approved in goats and may help. You can ...
blood in urine6/29/2010
  Q: Our young pet goat(male) has blood in his urine. We speculate that he ate our pony's feed which ...
  A: Blood in the urine is most commonly caused by urinary stones. You don't say how old he is, whether ...
goat stomch6/29/2010
  Q: I have a old goat and she look like is has kids but she does not because i did not breed her.what do ...
  A: I could be what they call a "barrel." Goats get it because they have 4 stomachs and they get ...
sick baby goat6/27/2010
  Q: I have a four day old baby Nubian. She ate from her mother the first day second day however she ...
  A: I would give her 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a 4 oz warm water in her bottle. This will help if she ...
Possible CL6/27/2010
  Q: I have a year old Boer Buck, he weighs approx 125 lbs and except for 2 lumps appears in good health. ...
  A: Sad to say, you are correct that this is most likely CL. Did the breeder say that she had had it in ...
My baby wont eat6/26/2010
  Q: He is still on the bottle (12 oz once a day) and just today he doesn't eat. We recently switched ...
  A: I would mix the alfalfa with the orchard grass and gradually change the proportions so he gets less ...
Goats are still dieing6/26/2010
  Q: Cheryl...have now lost 4 goats. 2 - 6 mnth, 1- 2 yr old and 1 that was 10wks. Am completely lost ...
  A: David, I am so sorry to hear that. I can't even imagine how awful it must be for you. Have you ...
Goat enlarged teat6/25/2010
  Q: I have a Pygmy goat that was rescued. She was given some dog food every day. When we got her she ...
  A: Dog food! How stupid are some people! I am wondering if it was some kind of long-standing mastitis. ...
Dairy goat ?6/23/2010
  Q: I have a goat that I have now had for almost 2weeks (this coming Friday). I have yet to get my milk ...
  A: You may not be able to get all that production back, but you should be able to get some of it. I ...
poison6/22/2010
  Q: I just sold some goats to a lady in Miss. One of the goats is vomiting, she has privet in the area, ...
  A: Eleagnus is poisonous. Privet berries are somewhat poison. I just got home from work and it may be ...
baby goat bottle feeding6/21/2010
  Q: so I ended up with a baby goat kind of a hear do you want this no one else does thing. so the idea ...
  A: I find that milk replacer, regardless of goat, sheep, cow, gives them diarrhea. I never use it. I ...
new to goats6/21/2010
  Q: I've never raised a goat in my life. On 6/18/2010 we had a half starved, tick infested kid (buck) ...
  A: I don't know how old he is either, not knowing the breed. I have not ever had good luck with the ...
Newborn and heat stress6/21/2010
  Q: I have newborn twin mini-mancha that were born about 12 hours ago - a buckling and a doeling. They ...
  A: I would try to get her to nurse again, unless you want to be bottle feeding for months. I think the ...
Horn broke off at base6/20/2010
  Q: My nanny goat's horn no longer is attached to its base. There is just a blood cylindrical stump. I ...
  A: As long as it is not bleeding, it should be all right. Yes, you can spray bluekote or something on ...
sick goats6/20/2010
  Q: . my name is David and have only been raising goats with my wife for about 3yrs. we have Nubian and ...
  A: David, I am so sorry to hear about your goat situation. This vet clearly doesn't specialize in ...
Bottle fed baby won't wean6/19/2010
  Q: We have a boer-kiko cross buck that was abandoned by it's mother on day 1. We have been feeding it ...
  A: Greg, By this age, he should have been down to no more than once a day feeding. The way to wean ...
goat won't drink6/18/2010
  Q: I just had a goat with a urinary calculus. Now I am noticing that none of my goats are drinking much ...
  A: There are a couple of things you can do: Give them warm/hot water, which will encourage drinking. ...
New to goats..HELP6/18/2010
  Q: I have a question about my Alpine. I got her about a week ago and was totally unprepared. The lady i ...
  A: You need to tie her with a short leash to a fence or gate and have someone else hold her against it ...
Goat ate plastic tube6/18/2010
  Q: My 4-month-old wether eat a piece of plastic tubing. I was worming the goat with a syringe that had ...
  A: It could get caught in his reticulum (honeycomb-looking part of the system). You can do nothing and ...
goat not standing6/17/2010
  Q: we lift her up and she stands for a few seconds and thendrops shes looking very thin just wondering ...
  A: I need a lot more info to tell you. I would recommend that you call a vet. But take her temperature, ...
newborn kid with goat polio ?6/17/2010
  Q: she had no balance and was very weak i took her inside warmed her up and fed her colostrum i milked ...
  A: They don't usually have goat polio at birth, so I would suspect something else. You don't say what ...
neutering6/16/2010
  Q: we have a 2 1/2 month old kiko male goat, what is the BEST way to neuter him??
  A: I band mine with an elastrator at 2-3 months old. Now is the right time. You will need to get an ...
Goats6/4/2010
  Q: In a message dated 6/4/2010 10:18:38 A.M. Central Daylight Time, writes: using amprollium which is ...
  A: I use grain with molasses and have not encountered a problem. I don't buy a lot at a time. Are you ...
Goat buck 3 weeks old6/3/2010
  Q: I have a perfectly healthy buck who 3 days ago just started acting strange. He was standing in a ...
  A: I would call the vet and treat for goat polio, which requires high doses of thiamine. People often ...
Hay advice6/2/2010
  Q: Cheryl, I thank you in advance for your answer and guidance. We have two wethers, a dwarf Nigerian ...
  A: I have goats that are picky about hay, and also find that they often dislike one when then have to ...
7 week old Pymy6/1/2010
  Q: We have 2 female pygmy goats that we bred last fall. Seven weeks ago each had 2 babies. Over the ...
  A: He will be fine without any more milk at 7 weeks. I usually wean them at 8 weeks, anyway. Are these ...
not eating6/1/2010
  Q: I have 4 wethers that are not eating the new grain but are eating hay and drinking water and playing ...
  A: Hard to say why they don't want the grain. Could it have gotten moldy? Wethers should never get ...
New goats w/ ?able health6/1/2010
  Q: 2 new mix breed goat does. Age about 4-5 months. Brittle looking coats,thin. Have wormed,giving ...
  A: What dewormer did you give? I would have a fecal sample sent to a vet lab to find out whether they ...
Baby goat waiving head back and forth, grinding5/31/2010
  Q: First of all, i just ordered your books from Amazon "Raising Goats for Dummies" and "Goat Health ...
  A: Yikes, Susan. I hardly know where to start. I would hope the veterinarian knows better than I do. ...
Bowel movements5/31/2010
  Q: I have 2 premie Boer goat twins born a month early yesterday. One has passed first stool but the ...
  A: You can gently rub their bottoms, which replicates mom's licking. It sounds like the you may need to ...
very hurt pygmy5/30/2010
  Q: late thursday a dog got ahold of my goat he got her pretty good at 1st she was in shock i thought ...
  A: You need to start giving him penicillin shots. 5-6 cc/100 lbs daily. You also need to get some ...
wether can't urinate5/30/2010
  Q: I have a wether that was born Jan 31st of this year and he can only dribble. He is on more grain ...
  A: Definitely urinary calculi. You should never give a wether grain. That is what is causing the ...
rapid breathing and heart in 4 day old goats5/29/2010
  Q: What is it when a 2-5 day old goats start rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat. There was 2 kids and ...
  A: It is entirely possible that there is such deficiency that those two injections did not do the ...
feeding kid5/17/2010
  Q: We just had a doe baby born. It was a tough delivery, I had to assist. The liitle one couldn't stand ...
  A: It may be too late. They get used to one way or the other pretty fast. You may just have to keep ...
Goat developed Diarrhea5/17/2010
  Q: I have two goats (a togg and a nubian), but sadly the nubian recently had to be put down due to the ...
  A: It certainly could be caused by the stress of losing her best friend. Give fortified vitamin B ...
Goat horns5/16/2010
  Q: I have a three year old female boer goat who's horns grow straight back. This wouldn't be a problem, ...
  A: The horns have a main blood vessel in them, and if you cut them back, she will bleed to death. It is ...
wether keeps trying to mount me5/15/2010
  Q: I have a year old wether (alpine/nubian cross) who now keeps trying to mount me (it looks like he's ...
  A: Sounds like dominance. You need to break him of this as soon as possible, so no one gets hurt. Some ...
Baby goat bloat5/15/2010
  Q: My sister has two, two week old billy goats he was fed at 5pm by 7pm his belly was about twice the ...
  A: I just got this this morning, so I hope he has improved on his own. Baking soda might help. How ...
Goats ball sac ripped open5/15/2010
  Q: I have a male goat about 1 year old.I came home to a stray dog in our field biting my goat, when I ...
  A: Call a veterinarian and get some banamine. It is a nonsteroidal anti inflammatory. You give it by ...
sore mouth5/13/2010
  Q: I have a goat about 1 to 1 1/2 months old. I rescue babies when we have big herds eat our property ...
  A: I have not experienced soremouth that is that severe. The one time I had it in my herd, it was very ...
pigmy goat5/12/2010
  Q: old my wife went to the barn this morning and found a spot of blood approx. 6 inches in diameter and ...
  A: I am so sorry about your goat. I would have concerns about cancer of the uterus or other part of the ...
Goat kids poop....etc.5/12/2010
  Q: I have three kids that I saved. Mom's abandoned them. The first two,brother and sister, are almost 3 ...
  A: Your picture didn't come through correctly. Maybe you could re-send it. The poop you describe is ...
baby goats5/11/2010
  Q: we had 3 goats born 6 wks ago. It seems that the mother has weaned them already. Is that normal? ...
  A: This is rather young for a mom to wean her kids. They may do all right, as long as they are eating ...
GOAT5/11/2010
  Q: I have a mother goat that has a lump on her shoulder. I just discovered it yesterday. First thing I ...
  A: Do you have reason to believe it could be CL? Have you added new goats to your herd, or is this one ...
BABY GOATS5/11/2010
  Q: WE HAVE TWO BABY GOATS ONE FEMALE AND ONE MALE BORN SAME DAY BY SAME MOM. THEY WERE BORN IN MARCH ...
  A: It is completely normal for a male goat to hump his sister. It is a show of dominance. In some ...
swollen eyes5/10/2010
  Q: I have a 15 year old male tottenburg,very healthy, about 125 lbs. The past few days I have noticed ...
  A: It could be pinkeye, but I would expect some discharge. If you have some oxytetracycline or port ...
Goats5/10/2010
  Q: My goat just had 2 babies 2 days ago. She is not producing milk. Her utters are very hard. We have ...
  A: She has mastitis and needs antibiotics. She will get dehydrated and die if she doesn't drink. She ...
Introducing new kid to the herd5/10/2010
  Q: I have just aquired a 3 month old LaMancha billy (soon to be withered) and I have 2 Nubian ...
  A: I would be inclined to put the bully in a separate area and let the kid bond with the wether! If you ...
baby goat diarreah5/9/2010
  Q: I've had a baby goat in our house that's had diarreah since birth, he's been baracaded on tiled ...
  A: Did the vet give him antibiotics? What is he on? Some antibiotics can cause diarrhea. I would give ...
dairy goat5/9/2010
  Q: the goat had twins three days ago. the 2nd day I noticed one tit was very full and not being used. I ...
  A: Keep milking it out once or twice a day. It may just be a broken blood vessel, but it also may be ...
Baby goats5/7/2010
  Q: I have 2 Ten day old baby goats. They are brother and sister.I am not sure what breed they are. They ...
  A: Yes, it is normal. He is just practicing to be a grownup. It is also a display of dominance and even ...
preemie triplet buckling failing5/7/2010
  Q: We have a runt triplet buckling, born sometime early Wednesday morning, with two siblings (buckling ...
  A: I just got up and found your question, so I hope that Henry is still with you. he would not have ...
goat birthing problems5/7/2010
  Q: i have a fainting goat who is trying to give birth,an she keeps having, what looks like her organs ...
  A: It may be her uterus coming out--a prolapse. There is a ligament that holds it in that sometimes ...
not much of an eater5/1/2010
  Q: I recently got a doe from a local breeder here in north Georgia. She is very thin. The previous ...
  A: Maybe the dewormer is not working--there is a lot of resistance in the south. Find out what was ...
goat survival5/1/2010
  Q: I had my first experience with a new born baby goat, that lived 1day. What could I have done ...
  A: Nora, I am so sorry to hear about losing the baby goat. I have had this happen, too. Yes, it is ...
Goat4/30/2010
  Q: It had a runny nose the day before and it was always lying down. If you could help that would be ...
  A: Shawna, You cannot tell without a necropsy to determine the cause of death. Nitrates in water can ...
14 week old goat down4/30/2010
  Q: Our goat Donna, was fine until Tuesday AM when my son went to feed them. She was flat on her side, ...
  A: I would wonder about goat polio (thiamine deficiency) in light of the eye problem and head flipped ...
Doe lost her baby, does she need to be nursed?4/29/2010
  Q: Mama Boer goat lost her baby after 2-3 weeks(accident not sick). After 2 days her bag is getting ...
  A: Sorry to take so long to respond--my internet is down, so had to go into town to answer these. I ...
pregnant goat with mange4/28/2010
  Q: What would be the best treatment for my young pregnant goat, we think she has mange. She is about 16 ...
  A: I would smother the mange mites with vaseline. Smear it on the areas that are hairless or scabby. ...
behavior & leg twitching4/28/2010
  Q: We have a year old pygmy/saanen doe. She was 6 weeks when we got her. We should have gotten 2 but ...
  A: The mounting could indicate either heat or just dominance. They will eventually become friends, most ...
Boer Nanny4/27/2010
  Q: I have a Boer Nanny that delivered 2 still born babies about 72 hours ago. My question is how soon ...
  A: Sorry to take so long to respond--my internet is down, so had to go into town to answer these. I ...
cl adn raw milk quesiton4/26/2010
  Q: I have recently found out I too have CL. I have read several articles and called a few different ...
  A: Bad luck, but I understand that it can happen to anyone exposed, particularly if their immune system ...
1 week old girl goat4/26/2010
  Q: baby girl is 1 week old. can i give her a bath because she has lice and diarea since i adotted her 2 ...
  A: Give her a bath with Cetaphil cleanser. You can buy it at the drug store. Start with dry hair, ...
Boer DOB 4/3/10 triplet-4/26/2010
  Q: I am confused as to what is wrong with him, unless he has two or more things going wrong at the same ...
  A: 1. It sounds like goat polio, which requires massive doses of thiamine right away. You will need to ...
CL in goats4/25/2010
  Q: I have a mama goat who is positive for CL and she went into labor yest, she also developed abcess ...
  A: Amanda, I would separate the mom from the babies and other goats.They can have internal abscesses ...
arthritis question in kid boer goat4/25/2010
  Q: I have a 4 week old boer goat. At 4 days old, her mother stepped on her rear legs injuring her right ...
  A: Chrystal, It doesn't cost $50 for a CAEV test. I believe I paid $16 for a single test through WADDL ...
My baby goat is dying4/10/2010
  Q: My baby goat is dying he is 3 weeks old and was doing fine untill i went out and he was vomiting and ...
  A: He must have eaten something poisonous. Do you have any idea what it was? You need to call a vet ...
problems with nigerian dwarf buckling4/10/2010
  Q: I acquired a young buckling about a month ago (now about 12 weeks old). I noticed clumpy poo 1 week ...
  A: He could have parasites. The ideal thing is to get a fecal analysis done by a vet or med school. If ...
just bought a sick goat4/10/2010
  Q: I just bought a lamancha and we think she's about a yr old. Her owners were gonna shoot her if no ...
  A: If you work on all of these issues, I think there is always a chance. Make sure she has plenty of ...
weak nanny delivers set of small twins4/9/2010
  Q: I have a first time mom (Nubian) who delivered twins today. She was treated about 10 days ago for ...
  A: some take longer than others to really bag up, although most have done so by the time they kid. I ...
Baby Pygmy Goats4/9/2010
  Q: We just got 2 baby pygmy goats yesterday. They are about 6-8 weeks old. The previous owner said to ...
  A: It sounds like they are through with the bottle. If they are 8 weeks old, that is fine. They do need ...
baby doelings4/8/2010
  Q: ok my question is what am i do wrong these are our first set of babies born on our farm and they are ...
  A: It is coccidiosis that is being treated. Are you saying the medication is not working? If not, it ...
kid goat not eating4/7/2010
  Q: Baby newborn kid not wanting to suck, bottle fed, seemed to choke & gag on this, hasn't voided or ...
  A: Leona, Your hunch may be right since nothing is passing either way. There should be meconium shortly ...
Angora Goat skin / hair4/6/2010
  Q: I have 2 female Angora goats. They were 4 years old when I purchased them last Spring. I sent them ...
  A: I don't think the getting sick was probably the cause of the hair loss, although fever can cause ...
2 week kids w/lice4/6/2010
  Q: So we have 2 kids, 2 weeks old with lice. I have the powder for them and I have ivermectin. Which ...
  A: I usually use the lice powder. The risk with it is getting into their eyes, nose, lungs. You need to ...
goat standing after illness4/5/2010
  Q: my 6 year old mix breed goat had severe worms, anemia, and dehydration: her temp had gone up to 107 ...
  A: Your sense that you need to get her to stand is right. And good for doing the range of motion, etc. ...
goat death4/5/2010
  Q: the baby goat was born while I was at work. He was standing and walking around. I checked on him ...
  A: I am so sorry for your loss of this kid. I know how you feel. It is impossible to know what caused ...
temperature4/4/2010
  Q: What is a goats temp? At what temp do they have a fever?
  A: Normally from 102 to 103 Farenheit, but depending on the circumstances it can be 101 or even 104. ...
BABY GOAT4/4/2010
  Q: I HAVE A BABY GOAT THAT IS THREE DAYS OLD NOW I HAVE BEEN BOTTLE FEEDING BECAUSE HE WONT STAND AND ...
  A: Could be floppy kid syndrome or white muscle disease. I would give him some electrolytes with baking ...
Goat weening4/4/2010
  Q: I have two 7 month old female boer goats and they are still suckling (very occasionally) from their ...
  A: Jill, I let mine wean themselves and some take a long time. They will be all right without being ...
Sick Goat4/3/2010
  Q: I have a Boer x goat and it was very malnutritioned when we first got her she had been poorly ...
  A: Ben, It sounds to me like she may have choke or something lodged in her throat. That will cause this ...
well over due doe4/3/2010
  Q: i have two does, 1 bore and 1 cashmere, they we both joined around the same time and the bore had ...
  A: She is probably pretty close to kidding and uncomfortable. Good the kids are moving. If you knew how ...
goat kids.4/2/2010
  Q: I purchased 2 goat kids 6 days ago. There mom had mastitis and couldn't feed them. they were around ...
  A: Does the stool smell bad? If so, it may be a bacterial infection. The other thing that often causes ...
baby goats poop4/2/2010
  Q: How offen should a 3wk old goat poop? Our goats dont seem to be pooping on a daily basic.There ...
  A: They should be pooping more than once a day, normally. Sounds like they could be a little ...
About CL4/1/2010
  Q: I have a herd of about 35 goats. A year ago, we found an abscess on one of our does. It was on her ...
  A: I just reviewed the current edition of Goat Medicine on CL (which you should read if you can get a ...
goat sounds4/1/2010
  Q: Our goat is in labor & has been making low grunt sounds for about 6 hours. Is this normal?
  A: Not sure when you wrote this. The low grunt sounds can often indicate pushing. Check to see whether ...
hair loss & scabby skin3/31/2010
  Q: Six-year old pygmy wether. Just noticed that his legs and butt are scabby and itchy. Losing hair. ...
  A: Sorry to say, but it probably is mites. I don't know what MTG is. I have had chorioptic mange mites ...
Sick 4 month old kid3/31/2010
  Q: Six days ago I purchased 4 x NubianX kids (3 does and 1 buck all about 4 months old)and an older ...
  A: Baking soda free choice can help keep goats from bloating. They can get sick from a quick switch to ...
Pigmy Goats3/30/2010
  Q: I have a mommy goat that has a black TIT! I thought she bruised it but it keeps spreading up to her ...
  A: It is gangrene mastitis. You need to get a vet involved. They can do surgery and remove part of the ...
bad tasting milk3/30/2010
  Q: I have an approx. 4 year old nubian who has a very bad taste to her milk. We got her almost 2 years ...
  A: Nicole, Again I would suspect mastitis. Get a california mastitis test (not very expensive) and ...
sick older goat3/29/2010
  Q: My goat herd has a problem, over the last few months my older goats have been getting weak and ...
  A: What is the dewormer? It may not be working or it may be the wrong dewormer. You need to get fecal ...
Pregnant Boer Goat3/29/2010
  Q: My husband and I raise boer goats and we have one female who we thought would have kidded by now. ...
  A: That sounds like she was in heat rather than getting ready to kid. Sometimes they look pregnant when ...
Sick goat3/28/2010
  Q: I have a 4 1/2 week old goat that I have been raising since she was 1 week old. Today she has had ...
  A: Give her some pepto bismol or kaolin pectin with a syringe (no needle) to get the diarrhea stopped. ...
pregnant angora goat3/26/2010
  Q: I have a very pregnant angora goat (75lbs, 2 yr. old) who is congested. She is also coughing now and ...
  A: Only in early pregnancy is it a problem to give antibiotics. I would choose the Biomycin over ...
Goat Hooves Problem3/25/2010
  Q: I bought a 3 month old female goat today. She's very sweet and is running around my yard with my one ...
  A: You need to carefully trim the hooves. The reason the wall is bent over is because it is overgrown. ...
nubian goat leg injury3/24/2010
  Q: I was just out visiting with our 2 nubian goats and noticed that my doe is limping. I looked at her ...
  A: It could be either of those injuries. Unless it seems severe, I would wait and see. Sometimes they ...
weak very small baby issue3/24/2010
  Q: I have a doe that was not in the greatest body condition. We decided to send her to market this ...
  A: If you have some BoSe, give her an injection of that--1/2 cc or so. That may help with the weakness. ...
young goat with diarrhea3/24/2010
  Q: I am a first time bottle feeder of two young (under a month) goats. We brought them home a couple ...
  A: Yes, this could cause diarrhea. But so could coccidiosis or another parasite. You need to give ...
BABY GOAT3/23/2010
  Q: I HAVE A BABY GOAT THAT IS 2 DAYS OLD. SHE SUCKED A BOTTLE ONCE AND SINCE THEN I AM HAVING TO TUBE ...
  A: The black and sticky poop is the first that they have. It is called meconium. Then it switches to ...
weanlings3/22/2010
  Q: My kids were born Jan. 31st and I want to wean them off nursing. I am milking two does, one who's ...
  A: Separating them is the only way that I know of that is effective to stop the nursing. (HOwever, I ...
lice on goats3/21/2010
  Q: I have noticed my goats scratching more than usual, so I looked at their skin and found what appears ...
  A: I just use co-ral horse lice dust when it gets too bad. But there is a very effective product called ...
my goat3/20/2010
  Q: I have about 6 or 7 goats when i got them they could see and now there eyes look white like there ...
  A: Becca, It sounds like pinkeye. you need to go to a feed store and get several tubes of terramycin ...
Integrating a new doeling to the herd3/20/2010
  Q: We have two boer does who just kidded for the first time three months ago. Each had two kids-two ...
  A: I am assuming that you have weaned the kids because they are 3 months old. I would take a doe kid ...
goats3/19/2010
  Q: . and next ? why do they smell their pee and smile
  A: She should not still be pushing; the babies should be no more than 1/2 hour apart. Did she deliver a ...
goats3/18/2010
  Q: I have 3 male pygmy goats almost a year old. I have had them since they were about 3 months old. I ...
  A: Arlene, The grain once a way may not hurt them if it is an insignificant amount. The minerals are ...
toggenburg goats3/18/2010
  Q: I have a toggenburg goat that has arthritis in her right leg, which has became worse in the fast few ...
  A: I have never heard of this steroid used in goats. Has the goat been tested for CAEV? That is the ...
introducing baby goats-followup3/18/2010
  Q: Last year it was easier, as 4 of my 5 goats were babies, so I didn't have these territory wars that ...
  A: No, I thought he as a buck. Wethers and does get along great. I apologize for the misunderstanding. ...
Doe not acting right3/18/2010
  Q: I bought a pygmy doe at an auction a couple weeks ago. When she got back i gave her some penn. as a ...
  A: Often people take sick goats to the auction when they know something is wrong with them. It sounds ...
bore goats3/18/2010
  Q: what are the effects goats eating clovers? Is it good or bad and can it kill them?
  A: It all depends on how much they eat. They can get bloated from a lot. My goats will not touch ...
Bent front legs on 1 day old goat kid3/17/2010
  Q: I have a one day old Nigerian Dwarf buckling who seems to have a forward bend in his front legs. He ...
  A: This is called hyperflexion of the legs. It is not uncommon and usually resolves itself in a few ...
Sanaan doe down after birthing and still not able to stand3/17/2010
  Q: I have a 6 year old Sanaan nanny that had difficulty birthing twins(on 2/14/10). We had to pull ...
  A: I would get some banamine and see if that helps with the swelling. I would also put some hot ...
goat3/16/2010
  Q: I wrote you yesturday about my female goat. telling you that her head seemed to be getting bigger ...
  A: Yes, it really sounds like bottle jaw. This means that she has a severe worm burden. Check her gums ...
parasites3/16/2010
  Q: i have looked everywhere and can not find a list of what kind of parasites goats can get. I know ...
  A: Here is a list: http://bedford.extension.psu.edu/agriculture/goat/Goat%20Parasites.htm. There is ...
goat in labor3/15/2010
  Q: I have a 9 year old nubian goat. Never been pregnant. Has been in labor now going on the fourth ...
  A: You need to carefully wash your hand to the elbow and reach in there to get the kid arranged ...
overeating lush pasture3/14/2010
  Q: my goat got out and pigged out on some lush rye grass. she is very fat now. her sides are not hard ...
  A: Watch for bloat. Listen on her left side to make sure the rumen is working. Give some baking soda ...
introducing baby goats to the rest of herd3/14/2010
  Q: I currently have a 2 1/2 month old female pygmy goat who has been raised, separated from the rest of ...
  A: First of all, to keep him warm you could make a coat. I have done it by just cutting up a T-shirt or ...
Hard Udders after birth3/14/2010
  Q: Thursday, March 11.. one of our goats gave birth .. she had 1 female. since the birth.. her udders ...
  A: She most likely has mastitis. It may be from CAEV, unless you have tested and found that she is ...
Pregnant Boer Goat3/13/2010
  Q: We have a pregnant 2yr old Boer goat that is due 4-5-10 (155 day) several days ago we noticed a ...
  A: This sounds like a uterine prolapse. The kids are not far along enough to survive yet. You need to ...
kid goats3/12/2010
  Q: A week ago my two does each had twins not knowing when they were due but two look like the one doe ...
  A: Joan. I didn't completely understand what you were saying about the feeding. You are bottle feeding ...
Concentrated Dietary Supplement for kids?3/11/2010
  Q: I actually have another question too. I read that I should feed kids a concentrated dietary ...
  A: You make what is called a "creep" feeder. This is simply creating an area that the kids can get into ...
Can she still be pregnant?3/11/2010
  Q: My Nubien gave birth for the first time 2 days ago. All went well. But she is still huge. We thought ...
  A: Did you see that she passed a placenta? To check for other kids, you can "bump" her. Stand behind ...
leaking udder3/10/2010
  Q: I have a 2 year old Boer doe, first timer that is due March 19. She is almost as big around as she ...
  A: This is apparently hereditary. Goat Medicine suggests cauterizing with silver nitrate sticks (if it ...
caprine birth defect3/10/2010
  Q: I'm not certain about the correct spelling but here goes...I'm trying to find more information about ...
  A: Cheri, Goat Medicine only makes mention of it in terms of problems with kidding. This is the summary ...
Retained Placenta?3/10/2010
  Q: I have a doe that gave birth last night. The baby seems to be doing fine, but the mama is walking ...
  A: I would get some oxytocin (.5 to 1 ml)and give her that today (the recommendation is within the ...
goats3/9/2010
  Q: can you mame me the early sgns in goat pregnency and the vital injections for pregnent goats and ...
  A: No signs of pregnancy in the early days. You will see changes in the last two months. Sometimes ...
change in goat droppings3/8/2010
  Q: I just bought a 5 year old Nigerian dwarf doe and her 3 week old baby 3 days ago. We think she ...
  A: I looked up the dewormer that you mention, and it is made using dehydrated alfalfa. So my best guess ...
Separtation of male from newborn and mother3/7/2010
  Q: We have three pygmy goats. A female and male that have been together since they were four and six ...
  A: You should probably get a wether to keep the buck company. He should not be in with mother and baby ...
Nubian doe sick after delivering kids3/7/2010
  Q: I have a 5 year old Nubian doe, 4th freshening, gave birth to triplets on Thursday night. I left her ...
  A: Yes, you can give oxytocin several times in a day. Also I would switch to oxytetracycline rather ...
pregnant goat with bulbous something3/7/2010
  Q: I have a 4 year old goat who has previously kidded fine without assistance and any kind of "issue" ...
  A: It sounds like a uterine prolapse. Have her ligaments gotten soft yet? This could be a big problem ...
Old goat not eating3/6/2010
  Q: I have a very old wether (years??) who no longer eats his alfalfa. At first he wouldn't eat ...
  A: You are giving him the right things. You can also add some roughage, such as fir boughs or whatever ...
1 month old boer goat3/6/2010
  Q: I recently purchased 2 boer kids, a brother and sister, that are 31 days that are being bottle fed ...
  A: It could be the different brand doesn't agree with them. I would switch entirely to electrolytes for ...
face swelling3/5/2010
  Q: I live in North Florida and raise dairy and Boer goats. Here in the past month, my only my Boer ...
  A: Where is the swelling exactly? Is it under the jaw? Could it be bottle jaw? That is caused by ...
3 to 4 month Kid (Billy)3/5/2010
  Q: He seem to be swollen in the belly,I noticed on his belly where his penis is ,is red and may be ...
  A: Sounds like an infection of some sort. Does he have a fever? Is the area tender? If you think it is ...
Goat itchiness3/5/2010
  Q: My goat Claire recently lost her girlfriend Mati (of old age). Claire is younger and started ...
  A: It certainly sounds like some kind of mite, especially because the wether is starting to itch, too. ...
BABY GOAT STOPPED EATING 2 WK OLD3/4/2010
  Q: I HAVE A BABY GOAT WAS DOING GREAT SHE IS 2 WEEKS OLD MOTHER DOES NOT WANT SO I HAVE HER IN THE ...
  A: Could she have gotten too much. You don't say what kind of goat she is, but that sounds like a lot ...
doe squatting after kidding3/3/2010
  Q: I have a 5yr old doe that had kids four days ago. She delivered her afterbirth and has been ...
  A: I would supplement the kids with a bottle. She may be getting dehydrated and it also sounds like she ...
Bloat3/2/2010
  Q: I have a 10 month old nubian doe that has the starting of bloat. We walked her earlier and her ...
  A: Yes, you can give pepto bismol, although kaolin pectin is better. Also give some baking soda in ...
very sick down goat3/2/2010
  Q: February 1st we lost a sick goat, and the vet had us deworm the others. A week later another goat ...
  A: I would have the vet rehydrate with an IV of Ringer's lactate, unless you decide to have her put ...
I think my goat might have mites!3/2/2010
  Q: I have a 4 year on weather that has sores on his front legs. When I looked closer there were scabs ...
  A: The lice dust might work. I use that on my goats. I also smear their legs with vaseline, which will ...
newborn goat that wont feed2/26/2010
  Q: My goat had two kids this morning ( not sure of the time) and one did not make it, but the other is ...
  A: I am so sorry for the delay. My internet service has been down for two days. You can either give the ...
sick goat2/25/2010
  Q: We have an older boar doe who is due to kid within the month and she has very soft/squirty feces. ...
  A: If you induce too early the kid will die. Have you treated for parasites? That would be my first ...
goat diarrhea2/25/2010
  Q: I have two 3 yr old Nubian wethers. One gets recurrent diarrhea, no other symptoms, and the other is ...
  A: He could have Johne's disease, or he could just be more prone to parasites. I would suggest first ...
Billy Goat2/23/2010
  Q: My family lives in the country and we decided to get a goat to help eat down our surroundings. We ...
  A: Your instincts are right about this goat. No goat should have to live alone. And I also believe that ...
Inside?2/23/2010
  Q: I asked the question whether to keep my baby goats inside or out. Donna, replied to my question but ...
  A: Where do you live and how cold is it? Goats can usually snuggle up, if they have deep straw bedding ...
Goat has combined male and female tendancies2/23/2010
  Q: My mother has a goat named Sophia that is approximately 8 months old. Sophis has some male features ...
  A: Yes, your mother is right. Sophia is probably a hermaphrodite. Sophia is also most likely sterile. ...
Sick bottle baby goat2/22/2010
  Q: He is eating good (6-10 ounces every 3-4 hours). Since we've has him (2 days) he's had diarreha. A ...
  A: Goats don't usually get colds, although they can have allergies and get snotty noses that ultimately ...
goat kid acting strangely2/22/2010
  Q: We have a two month old part boer billy that was recently orphaned from his mother. He has been ...
  A: He may have either polio or listeriosis. You need to treat him immediately with thiamine injections. ...
pigmy goat compliations in birth2/22/2010
  Q: I have a pigmy 4 hrs ago she tryed to give birth. The bag came out with nothing. the baby we had to ...
  A: I just got your question this morning. Not sure when you posted. You should call a vet if you are ...
Bottle Baby Has Diarrhea2/21/2010
  Q: Hey Cheryl! We have a bottle fed baby born to us almost two months ago. He had been on Purina Mills ...
  A: I would suspect that it is the change in food. I would take him off the milk replacer and give him ...
DOA @ birth2/21/2010
  Q: I have a two year old female pygmy that gave birth this morning (first time mommy) but the baby was ...
  A: You will be all right waiting until tomorrow to take her. The fact that she is eating and drinking ...
"Fat goat"2/21/2010
  Q: My goat has been getting bigger and bigger throughout the past couple of months, at first we thought ...
  A: Because it happened slowly, it doesn't sound like bloat, which would cause distress. My suspicion is ...
GOATS2/21/2010
  Q: I HAVE 13 GOATS AND THEY HAVE NO VEGETATION TO EAT, SO I HAVE BEEN HAVEING TO FEED PELLETS AND CORN ...
  A: You need to get them some hay. Are the pellets grass or alfalfa pellets? Goats really are not meant ...
sick baby pygmy goat2/20/2010
  Q: I have a newborn pygmy goat, born 48 hours ago and abandoned by his mom. We live in MN and even in ...
  A: Cindy, It sounds like he is now pooping normally. I have had problems with kid milk replacer, so I ...
Avoiding a goat pregnancy2/20/2010
  Q: I have a female that is coming into season. My wife and I have a hobby farm and we have had 2 baby ...
  A: They go into heat every 3 weeks. Depending on the type of goat, (miniatures are year-round breeders) ...
newborn nubian doe kid rapid breathing2/20/2010
  Q: I have a 5 day old nubian doe kid that is breathing rapidly, and perhaps it is "labored". I am going ...
  A: The dosage for babies is 1-2 ml SQ once or twice a day. I would give some BoSe also. That sometimes ...
goat miscarriage2/19/2010
  Q: I have a goat that just had a miscarriage, and she is acting like she is sick. She dont want to ...
  A: Call a vet. You could get some LA-200, and give injections, but a vet will be able to better ...
Kids died2/18/2010
  Q: Will a nanny nurse another goat's kid? Mother (Boer and unknown mix# gave birth and both females ...
  A: Nancy, I am sorry it took so long to get back to you. My router was not working and I couldn't get ...
Boer goat (doe)2/18/2010
  Q: My boer goat kidded yesterday (3 kids), she is producing plenty of milk, but her udder is swollen up ...
  A: I would remove a little milk if it is that tight. Make sure the kids are getting what they need. I ...
sore legs?2/18/2010
  Q: Regarding an 8 yr. old rescued wether,believe he is a European dairy goat. Have had this goat for a ...
  A: It could be arthritis. Is there any swelling in the joints? The licking could be caused by pain or ...
births2/18/2010
  Q: One of my pygmy nannies gave birth during last night and unfortunately the baby froze. I didn't know ...
  A: Sherry, I am sorry to hear about your losing the kids. I am wondering why the goat didn't go inside ...
Doe Miscarraige2/17/2010
  Q: Cheryl, This morning while checking on my herd, I found my Kiko doe had miscarried. The adorable ...
  A: Kelly, since you have now seen two of these cases, it may be that there is an infectious or viral ...
what is alfalfa pellets2/17/2010
  Q: im from kosovo we have got some alpines goats and they do lots abort,now they suposed to give birth ...
  A: Many infections and viruses can cause this, Niko. The only way to tell what it is and to stop it ...
Baby Goat Lice2/17/2010
  Q: I rescued 4 baby goats a couple of days ago that were in bad shape.Well we lost one of them so i ...
  A: Yes, it is probably lice. Are they really small? And they could easily move to the others. Lice are ...
Goat has eating problem2/15/2010
  Q: I asked Donna a question about my goat with an eating problem. I didn't get a complete answer. My ...
  A: Usually this happens when they eat too fast. I have some that always want to wolf down the food and ...
General care2/15/2010
  Q: Ok, so I aquired some pygmies, a big floppy eared gelding(don't know what he is exactly) and a full ...
  A: Marshall, You are talking philosophical differences in goat raising, and each of us has to figure ...
Nanny won't feed2/15/2010
  Q: i have 2 4 day old kids. i noticed yesterday that no matter how hard they tried to nurse, their mom ...
  A: If the kids are growing and active they are likely getting enough to eat. Like all mammals, kids ...
Doe goat2/15/2010
  Q: My goat had two kids two weeks ago; Afterbirth was present. Babies were one week early. doe did not ...
  A: I would get some Biomycin 200 from the feed store and give the doe (5 ml per 100 lb) injections ...
goat swallowed a clothes pin2/14/2010
  Q: I have two twin pygmy goats. I saw one swallow a clothes pin. She may have eaten more than one. I ...
  A: Hopefully what you saw was after she had chewed and the metal spring came out. It will not make it ...
goat seizure2/14/2010
  Q: I have a 7-10 day old kid that just had a seizure. She acted like her hind legs went out from under ...
  A: Either polio or listeriosis, unless she has some congenital problem. Polio will cause blindness; it ...
babies2/13/2010
  Q: i had a pygmy give birth to twoo babies. one was fine and still is, the other she wanted nothing to ...
  A: If you haven't already disposed of the babies, I would take one for a necropsy and see whether there ...
Diarreha- lame goat2/13/2010
  Q: I have a 1 year old goat that began to get diarreha a few weeks ago. I have treated her with the ...
  A: I don't know of any goats that have had black leg. Have her feces been checked for parasites? Has ...
pregnancy length2/11/2010
  Q: I have a goat that I bought at the end of September 2009. She appeared to be quite pregnant at ...
  A: It may be that the other goat delivered a little early. 150 days is the usual and I have had one go ...
milking and udder problems2/11/2010
  Q: I have a nubian goat that just had kids three weeks ago. I have been milking her for a week and I ...
  A: Is this the first time the goat has kidded? That is, has she been successfully milked in the past? ...
billy2/4/2010
  Q: Will billy goat harm his own new born kid. We are expecting a birth very soon and they are housed ...
  A: It is possible; even by stepping on the kid accidentally. I never house my bucks with my does. The ...
1 week old kid - Joint Ill and Coccidia?2/4/2010
  Q: I have a one and a half week old doeling that has not been doing so well the last few days. She was ...
  A: I am not a vet either, and this is a goat that I would take to a vet to get some diagnostic work ...
kid boar not eating2/2/2010
  Q: i had the chance to delevier 2 baby boar goats with the remains of the plancta and what not we have ...
  A: You can give whole cow milk with a little 1/2 and 1/2, rather than spend so much on goat milk at the ...
pygmee goats2/2/2010
  Q: We have three female goats.One is a nigerian dwarf,the other two are pygmees.We've had a bad time ...
  A: Rickie, It may be unrelated to the storm. Without a necropsy of the babies, you can't know what ...
estrus1/9/2010
  Q: I have a nubian doe 2.5 yrs old, I bred her last year..no problems. this year I drove her to a buck ...
  A: I personally try not to do mother/son breedings. But it's really hard to tell whether she is bred or ...
Goat with diarrhea1/8/2010
  Q: I have a 2y/o doe boer goat with persistant diarrhea. The other day she would bend down to go potty ...
  A: You need a new vet. How can an animal dr hate goats? I would suggest that you get a fecal exam done ...
What is going on!!?1/6/2010
  Q: I have a nanny boer goat that has been acting funny for about 3 weeks now. She stops eating for 2 ...
  A: When is she due? Are you sure she is not eating at all, or is it just grain? As to the udder, you ...
new goats1/5/2010
  Q: We just bought two adult goats and they're very stand offish. When I go into their pen they cower ...
  A: I think these are two different issues. They just not be tame and you will need to sit with them ...
kids1/5/2010
  Q: We just had a kiko nannie that had triplets. This is the first time she has had that many. She has ...
  A: I would take the baby and raise her. Take her out to the mom on a regular basis (4 times a day for ...
noisey goat1/3/2010
  Q: we bought a couple of Boer goats 2 months ago to keep the paddocks tidy. One a wether is perfect and ...
  A: I am not aware of any training aids. Some goats are just noisier than others. You may be ...
6 year old goat with big udder1/2/2010
  Q: i have a 6 year old goat , she has a very big udder, she drinks , eats , walks fine and play with ...
  A: Joanna, I am assuming that there is no possibility she could be bred, because that would be the most ...
earmites1/1/2010
  Q: my goat has ear mites.i need to know how to treat them .she is an adult boar goat.thank you so much
  A: You can clean the ears with warm water to remove any crusting or dirt and use dog ear mite ...
ears1/1/2010
  Q: the tip of my goats ears is becoming spotted.the hair is coming off or something.she is an aldult ...
  A: Melanie, It could be some type of mite causing the hair loss, which you can treat with vaseline ...
Goat shampoos1/1/2010
  Q: I would like to know what kind of shampoo you use t wash your goats for the fair? I also have to ...
  A: I have washed before the fair and at the fair, depending if they have facilities. If they aren't too ...
Pygmy goat pregnancy12/31/2009
  Q: I have a pygmy goat that is full term pregnancy. The past 2 days she has had some diarrhea and has ...
  A: This is a very serious condition and she could abort the kids or die. Hypocalcemia and/or ketosis. ...
baby goats12/31/2009
  Q: my nephew has 2 4 day old boer/nanny goat cross that the mama has rejected he works I don't he wants ...
  A: This web page contains info on feeding boer goat kids. I would keep them indoors for now because ...
CAE12/29/2009
  Q: I have a buck with sudden stiffness in his right front leg. My question is, Can a CAE positive Buck ...
  A: It may be that he hurt his leg. But, the virus can be passed horizontally, veterinarians don't even ...
dwarf goat with lumps12/10/2009
  Q: I have a dwarf goat that is pregnant.i just got them a few days ago I noticed a lump on the side of ...
  A: The one in the armpit area is probably from a CDT vaccination. They do that. The one on the neck may ...
Goat manure12/9/2009
  Q: We bought a 3 yr old boer goat that came with her 1 month old twins back in Aug..This goat has never ...
  A: It sounds like the goat still has parasites. If you are in the south, there is a chance the ...
Goat frothing12/4/2009
  Q: I wrote last week regarding goat that is having difficulty. I think that there is a swallowing issue ...
  A: I was reading about a similar situation on another goat list. They thought it was a tumor but after ...
Vaginal Discharge without other signs of being in heat.12/2/2009
  Q: I recently got back into the goat breeding business and am kind of rusty on my facts. I have an all ...
  A: Not clearly a problem. It could be that she is in heat, but is so young and with no buck around she ...
Goat salivating11/30/2009
  Q: My 13 yr old goat is salivating alot. He wants to eat but too frothy. He has lost some teeth (old ...
  A: I think you are right about the teeth loss being the problem. I would buy some calf manna or senior ...
baby goat bloody horns11/30/2009
  Q: i am raising my first baby goat. She is a 8 week old pygmy. her mommy is also a pygmy with horns. ...
  A: I think you are doing the right thing removing her. I wonder what is going on with them. I would ...
behavior of my pygmies11/30/2009
  Q: i have a nanny goat w/ her baby and have had them now for about 6 mon. on thanksgiving i got 3 more ...
  A: This is normal. They have to get their hierarchy figured out and they do this by fighting. Maybe the ...
mites/lice11/30/2009
  Q: I have a 3 wk old pygmy goat.He weights between 5-8 lbs.He has lice and I have looked at alot of ...
  A: The dosage is 1 cc per 25 lbs. So he would get only about 1/3 cc down the middle of the back. Not ...
goat with lutelyse and contractions11/29/2009
  Q: I guess she could have been bred through the fence. It is electric but goats can do just about ...
  A: I have had several breed through the fence mysteriously. Finally was able to make it impossible. ...
coccidiosis adult goats11/28/2009
  Q: I have a doe, new to me 4 wks ago, who has been guessed at being 2yrs by previous owner. This goat ...
  A: Yikes! Did the vet analyze her feces the second time to ensure that the parasites are gone? Did he ...
CDT Vaccination11/27/2009
  Q: I have a Pygmy kid, 4 mos old and an Nigerian kid 8 wks old. The breeder told me to give me their ...
  A: You should always keep epinephrine on hand when giving injections. Having said that, I have NEVER ...
Bottle Jaw11/27/2009
  Q: I have a friend who was in the meat goat business for years. I thought he was very experienced but ...
  A: It could be that the dewormer is one that the parasite is resistant to. I know that barber pole worm ...
sick goat11/24/2009
  Q: We have a 9 yr old male goat that won't get up and can't stand on his front legs. Just started to ...
  A: Meningeal worm can cause weak legs, but usually the rear legs. Do you have any deer around? They can ...
poison to goats11/24/2009
  Q: I need to know if you can find out for me, if pecan's will be harmful to my goats,because there all ...
  A: Denise, I couldn't find anything about pecans or figs being poison to goats. But Spider Lily did ...
Breeding11/21/2009
  Q: I was told that I can breed my buck back to his mother and full sister with no problems. I was also ...
  A: I would personally not breed a full sister with her brother. How would you keep the female ...
goat neonatal tetanus11/21/2009
  Q: A kid of about 2 weeks age with 5 kg body weight was brought to clinic on 21 Nov,2009 10.30 am with ...
  A: According to the 2009 edition of Goat Medicine, "the prognosis is always guarded, but early ...
Kicking on the milking stand11/20/2009
  Q: I have a 2yr. old Nigerian Dwarf Doe. She is a first time freshener, her baby is 8 week old. She ...
  A: I raised Nigerians for milkers, too, so I know just what you are talking about. Mine always had to ...
Wormers, And Posin Trees & Shrubs11/20/2009
  Q: I have 13 Goats, 6 wethers and 7 preg. nannies. Have been worming with cydectin, Ivermctin and Safe ...
  A: I think the only unsafe dewormer (during the first 30 days pregnancy) is Valbazen (albendazole). So ...
Mange in Goats11/20/2009
  Q: I just bought a small herd of doelings and a billy. I noticed a bit of mange on one goat. It has ...
  A: Eileen, You can use the sheep dose on goats. The injectible might work, depending on the mite. I had ...
dog attack11/19/2009
  Q: My goat was attacked by a dog and has some deep puncture wounds on her face and under her chin on ...
  A: Naomi, I am so sorry to hear about your goat. It sounds like it really needs to be sewn up. Shame ...
antibiotic dosage and questions11/19/2009
  Q: I have a pregnant adult boar nanny that is pregnant with her first set of kids.She is healthy but ...
  A: Yes, it is safe to give her antibiotics. You should take her temperature to see if she is really ...
Severed leg on goat how should i medicate11/19/2009
  Q: I came home one day and my daughters show goat (south African boar } had gotten out of his pen.His ...
  A: Tetanus antitoxin shot in case he is not current. This is the kind of wound that can get tetanus. ...
re: goat not eating her grain11/18/2009
  Q: "Following is the reason:" This can be caused by any number of conditions. You need to take her ...
  A: Not sure what grain you are feeding now. My goats like rolled barley and sunflower seeds. I also use ...
boar goats11/16/2009
  Q: My goats unhooked the chain to their stall and got into a half a bucket of cracked corn and ate it ...
  A: The website http://kinne.net/bloat.htm is helpful. Start with baking soda and pepto bismol. Have the ...
goat shot, and swollen jaw11/16/2009
  Q: I recently purchase a mother goat and child, boer is the breed. She seems that she doesn't want to ...
  A: John, You need to milk the mother and bottle feed the baby. How old is is the baby? They should both ...
Goats11/16/2009
  Q: At our FFA barn i accedentaly dropped a small quater sized plastic piece into the large training pen ...
  A: Sorry to say, but it could be. Was it hard plastic or soft plastic? that might make a difference. ...
baby goats front legs11/15/2009
  Q: i have a 2month old kid; she still is being bottle fed and is fine; last week i noticed her front ...
  A: Does she have a good mineral block? That is essential. Bowing of front legs can be caused by mineral ...
Retained placenta?11/15/2009
  Q: I have a doe who had a baby stuck. Its head was turned to the side and we had to take it to the vet ...
  A: Lila, I would hope the vet checked to make sure no kids were still in there. She could have a ...
Goat- swollen udder11/14/2009
  Q: We were given two goats for our farm stay, one was pregnant when she arrived and had a huge udder ...
  A: It sounds like she has mastitis and needs to be treated for that. Did you notice whether the udder ...
My 4 year old doe Goaty11/14/2009
  Q: I adopted Goaty in January and she came with a case of diarrhea. The drop off person brought probios ...
  A: Laurie, Has she been dewormed? That is the first thing that I would do, if she hasn't. She may have ...
goat breeding11/13/2009
  Q: i have a 1 1/2 old fainting nannie goat she is bleeding is she in heat or pregant?
  A: She is definitely not in heat, as they don't bleed from that. Does she seem pregnant? Sometimes ...
Goat Breed Question11/13/2009
  Q: What is a pygmy/biota cross goat? I have searched all over and cant find a biota goat i kow little ...
  A: There is no such thing. Could it be a scam? I know that there was a scam going around the internet ...
Over feeding?11/13/2009
  Q: I have a 5 week old baby goat which I am bottle feeding. It has been very hot here recently (around ...
  A: Yes you are. And at five weeks old, four times a day is too often. Cut down to three times a day and ...
hoofs11/13/2009
  Q: I just got a saanen goat who is walking on her knees. Her hoofs do not smell but the inside of front ...
  A: It could be founder, also known as laminitis. A rich diet--too much grain--can cause that.Are the ...
Goats11/12/2009
  Q: how long does it take a goat to have a baby? We just bought a goat with a 2 week old baby, the ...
  A: Once they go into labor just hours. Sometimes the moms still look fat because of their rumens taking ...
weak goat11/12/2009
  Q: I have a friend who is an old farmer who believes in doing thinks the "old fashioned" way. He ...
  A: I would be concerned that she might have meningeal worm. Are there any deer around. It is treated ...
Goat is Sick11/11/2009
  Q: I have two goats (not sure what kind, standard) both are females, 9 months one, 9 1/2 months other ...
  A: Delores, Teeth grinding indicates pain in a goat. Is she eating and drinking at all? You have to be ...
hi11/10/2009
  Q: hello I was reading some of the questions about a bump on the side of a goats face our neighbor has ...
  A: It could be a problem. There is a disease called caseous lymphadenitis (CLA or CL) that causes ...
kid Goats11/10/2009
  Q: At what age should I stop bottlefeeding my 6 week old baby goats (
  A: The earliest should be 8 weeks, but some people wait 12 weeks. You can gradually decrease the ...
disbudding iron11/10/2009
  Q: I have Nigerian Dwarfs and Pygmys. My friend, a Nubian breeder, has been disbudding for me. Is her ...
  A: I use the Rhinehart 50x. Everyone I know uses the same iron for large and small goats. A smaller one ...
Billies & urinary problems11/9/2009
  Q: I am new to the goat world. I have a 2.5 month old Pygmy Billy that I have just weaned, and is on ...
  A: It's true that bucks do not need grain. Both wethers and bucks can get urinary stones from eating ...
maybe broken front leg11/9/2009
  Q: patches is a 7 month old Nubian boy, i would guess 60 pounds. he took some kind of fall, maybe ...
  A: You could take him to a vet for an x-ray. To decrease swelling and inflammation, he needs some ...
Hoof/declaws problem11/7/2009
  Q: I was trimming my goats hooves today and noticed that two of them had an area "between" the heel and ...
  A: Are you in a rainy muddy area? that could cause it. It could be a type of scald. Are they girls or ...
Baby Goat Leg issues! URGENT!11/7/2009
  Q: I have had two baby kids born within the last 24 hours. When born we noticed immediately that they ...
  A: Give them each 1/2 cc of BoSe injection, if you have it. If not give some vitamin E capsule. This is ...
Goats r Sick11/7/2009
  Q: I have two goats that I rescued about a year ago. Although they were starved when I brought them ...
  A: Just go to the feed store and buy some dewormer such as ivermectin. You give it orally at twice the ...
Pigmy Goat Behavior Changes11/6/2009
  Q: We have 3 pigmy goats and we are new at this.We have a male, a female and their baby.The female is ...
  A: Did you give her a tetanus shot when you found the nail. She needs tetanus ANTITOXIN immediately, if ...
fenceing11/5/2009
  Q: 4" x 2" roll fence with 3 strands of barbed wire on top. 2 perfect boer nannies get out everyday. No ...
  A: Steve, I can only answer this with a bunch of other questions. Did this doe have diarrhea? Did you ...
constipation after goat ate a yew bush11/5/2009
  Q: Monday the 2nd of nov my neibor threw over brush. Tuesday at 2:30 five were dead. The vet came out ...
  A: Oh, I am so sorry about this. I know yew can poison people, too. Neighbors think they are being ...
baby goat11/4/2009
  Q: I purchased a one day old goat at a flea market this week. She is now four days old. I am bottle ...
  A: I've never heard of a goat with a sore throat. If she is acting fine, then that's all you need to ...
goats and sheep11/4/2009
  Q: we where wondering and think one of our male sheep has bred with our female goat we now have a ...
  A: They can crossbreed, but normally they are aborted by the first two months. I know there have been a ...
angora goat horn11/4/2009
  Q: today I picked up a angora doe rescue in not great shape.she was bloody and matted in her rear end. ...
  A: Poor girl. I would just leave the horn alone if it is loose because she won't want you messing with ...
coughing herd11/3/2009
  Q: It was clear so I wasn't too concerned but now 2 days later I went out to feed and one does nose was ...
  A: That's pretty horrible. I am sorry to hear about them. You need to contact a vet and get another ...
Dying Billy11/1/2009
  Q: My billy has a distended anal opening, left and right side swelling and is down. Won't chew ...
  A: I just got your message and it's been hours since you wrote, so I may be too late. Sounds like an ...
red scalie legs11/1/2009
  Q: I have 4 does and 4 bucks, organically raised, I have never seen this in my ten years working with ...
  A: It may be chorioptic mange mites, which usually start on the legs. They tend to be worst in the ...
Found tiny kid in barn10/31/2009
  Q: Just yesterday evening while feeding goats, I heard a baby goat hollering. When I found her, she ...
  A: Melody, First of all, you need to give either milk replacement or whole milk (even with a little ...
banding did not remove testicles10/30/2009
  Q: I banded my buck, that was born in june of this year. It seems the testicles were pushed up above ...
  A: That's too bad. That's why you always need to check that both testicles are down. However, this has ...
6 month old boer goat with swollen head10/30/2009
  Q: We have a 6 month old boer doe that developed bottle jaw a few weeks ago, so we wormed her (with ...
  A: I can't really judge from here. Ideas include insect or snake bite, allergic reaction to the ...
Acorns10/29/2009
  Q: Can you tell me if white oak acorns are poisoness to goats. These are the large acorns and we have ...
  A: They can be poisonous--more often when they are green. Goats can detoxify the tannic acid better ...
strange hoof problem10/29/2009
  Q: I have been regularly trimming her hooves.The last time i trimmed i noticed a hole with the diameter ...
  A: Maybe she stepped on something and it came out. If she isn't limping, she should be all right. You ...
3 month old Boer Buckling10/29/2009
  Q: Our three month old Buckling has a very large belly. Should I be concerned. He has been dewormed ...
  A: What kind of hay is he eating? Is it good quality? Sometimes that will do it to them. I have one of ...
Goat Colic/Bloat10/28/2009
  Q: My pet goat, Petunia, of 6 years of age passed away suddenly from colic/bloat/overeating disease. I ...
  A: Alexis, I'm sorry to hear about Petunia. I know how devastating it is to have one of your girls die ...
cut on a legs help10/28/2009
  Q: i just got a baby pygmy goat. she has a cut on the inside of her right back leg she does no stand on ...
  A: Gently wash it with warm soapy water, rinse and dry it. If it isn't too large, put some antibiotic ...
Injections and Penicillin10/27/2009
  Q: I have two questions. I am having trouble finding loose skin on my goats to give an injection. ...
  A: Yes. You give kids 1-2 ml subcutaneously once or twice a day. Adults 3-6 ml per 100/lb every 12 ...
Odd looking goat poop10/27/2009
  Q: Actually asking behalf of my friend ... She has a mix breed dairy goat wether who has been sick ...
  A: I don't think it means anything. I have seen this kind of thing in my goats. As long as they are ...
consumption10/27/2009
  Q: 2 goats with this problem. I first notice their head begins to look different - become very thin ...
  A: It could be a copper deficiency. What kind of minerals are they getting? I wonder if you live in a ...
Head movements10/26/2009
  Q: One of my Saanen does 7 mo. old. The last couple of weeks she has been exhibiting odd head ...
  A: I have a goat that does this. I actually sold her to someone who returned her convinced that ...
goats10/26/2009
  Q: my goat is around 11 years old and has been in a pasture for the last 4 years with no problems ...
  A: If he is constipated you can give him milk of magnesia. I would check his temperature and also ...
Breeding Questions10/26/2009
  Q: We are new goat owners of 2 nubians. They are 1 1/2 & 1 year old never breed before. I was not able ...
  A: You can keep him with her for five months after she becomes pregnant. So that's not problem. It is a ...
Goat Care10/25/2009
  Q: we have three goats 2 males and 1 female we have a nice home for them and a fenced off area to play, ...
  A: You can feed them outside if the weather is good. That will eliminate some of it. But, no, you can't ...
PET GOAT FOUND W/TWISTED NECK10/25/2009
  Q: I'VE READ SEVERAL STORIES ABOUT GOATS W/THEIR NECKS TWISTED BACKWARDS, BUT I'M NOT SURE WHICH ...
  A: It sounds like it could be goat polio, which causes the head to arch backward with what is called ...
goat hoof rot10/25/2009
  Q: about 6 goats out of 25 have hoof rot bad, what should I do to treat it
  A: You soak them in zinc sulfate or copper sulfate. Hoof n' Heel is one brand. It is a bacterium ...
RE: Why mamma goat crawls on her knees and has difficulty getting up10/23/2009
  Q: My momma goat, Kaylex is about 7 years old, I have owned her and her twins now for over a year, this ...
  A: The most common cause of this is CAEV, or caprine arthritis encephalitis virus. Has the goat been ...
weak hind legs in pygmy goat10/23/2009
  Q: I recently purchased a pygmy goat three weeks ago he was about 10 weeks. He was castrated on the ...
  A: Did the penicillin work? If not, maybe he has meningeal worm. Just a thought. As to the feeding. ...
goat's leg problem10/22/2009
  Q: My goat is 4 years old and her legs are cranking when she walks. Also it looks like it is very ...
  A: Have you had your goat tested for Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Virus (CAEV)? That is the most ...
my pygmy billy goat10/21/2009
  Q: he is only 5 months old and he use to be the sweetest thing just like a little dog and now i can not ...
  A: If you want to have kids, get a female goat. He will breed her and get over his drive. But ...
penicillin and dewormer10/21/2009
  Q: I just got 2 young wethers (5&6mo) and they both are coughing some. They also have somewhat of a ...
  A: It should be procaine penicillin, not long acting penicillin, FYI. And you should actually be giving ...
sick goat10/19/2009
  Q: My husband and I have 7 goats that live togather in a pasture with a barn. one of our male goats ...
  A: There is a meningeal worm that causes problems in wet weather because part of the life cycle is in ...
GOAT IN RUT10/19/2009
  Q: I have a year and a half year old Nubian wether.This spring his brother died, so I put him in with ...
  A: They don't have a set period of rut, it can vary. But usually they are done with it by early spring. ...
goats10/18/2009
  Q: my goat (bob) has a bee sting on his eye i don't know what to do help ...
  A: Try icing the bee sting every few hours. On the limping--when was the last time you trimmed hooves ...
Goat Bleeding10/18/2009
  Q: I have a 6 month old billy goat who's penis is bleeding, I can't tell if it's internal or external. ...
  A: The most likely reasons are trauma to the penis or urinary stones that aren't totally blocking the ...
coughing goat10/17/2009
  Q: I keep having problems with a male all white goat, he is a type of milk goat, I do believe, I want ...
  A: It may be that the dewormer you gave didn't kill the lungworms, or they are resistant to it, if that ...
Banding Goats & After Care10/16/2009
  Q: A neighbor helped us band two kids last night. We also gave them the tetnus shot. What should I be ...
  A: Potential problems would be tetanus--which you covered and infection. You can wait about two weeks ...
Maybe I shouldn't have replaced him10/16/2009
  Q: Wednesday morning I found my young bucking dead. I have boars. So I just had my Nanny left. (3 ...
  A: Sometimes it takes a while before they learn to get a long. Try feeding him separately or putting ...
Banding a buckling10/16/2009
  Q: I have a Nigerian buck who's 8 weeks old. I've had all sorts of advice on what to do and not to do; ...
  A: I tend not to vaccinate my goats, but most veterinarians recommend it. I give a tetanus antitoxin ...
Goat with diarrhea10/15/2009
  Q: I have a friend who has a 4 month old pygmy goat with diarrhea. He is a healthy strong looking ...
  A: It good very likely be parasites. He should be tested. Is it rainy at all? They get worse then. Some ...
GOAT CAN'T GET UP10/14/2009
  Q: We have an eight year old large mixed breed goat that went down yesterday, she lost use of her back ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about your goat. I can't really tell you whether she is at the end of her life ...
MINERAL BLOCK'S10/13/2009
  Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GIVE MY GOATS THE MINERAL'S THEY NEED? WAS GOING TO GET MINERAL BLOCK'S, BUT ...
  A: Denise, I don't know how to figure all of that out and I am too lazy to go out and look at the feed ...
Pink Eye or Allergies10/13/2009
  Q: I have been treating my goats for pinkeye for three weeks now and it has not gotten any better. I ...
  A: Beverly, Do you mean that you were giving LA 200 injections? That apparently treats mycoplasma ...
sick pgymy goat10/10/2009
  Q: My 2 year old pygmy goat has not ate in 2 days. She is pregnant and is due in approx 4 weeks. In ...
  A: Your goat may have hypocalcemia and may aort those kids and possibly her unless you start treatment ...
sick goat10/9/2009
  Q: My 1 1/2 year old boar goat just had her first birthing(& last/sold bucks)l week ago; beautiful & ...
  A: Jen, Take her temperature. It may be that she has a uterine infection. Any breathing problems? Poop ...
DRINKING WATER10/9/2009
  Q: I'M TRYING.I FEEL LIKE YOU ARE MY MENTOR. I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS SITE. ARE THERE ANY DVD'S THAT ...
  A: Wow, Denise, I am so excited to hear this! I was just going to go to bed when it came in. I think it ...
Baby goat10/7/2009
  Q: I have spoke to you about my pygmy mix baby goat she is now. One week and 5 days. She is the one her ...
  A: I think I would ask if he can give her a steroid. That would give her a week or two to improve. I ...
urinary stones10/7/2009
  Q: still having problems. now i have three orther whethers that has this. do you think i will ever cure ...
  A: Denise, I don't remember all the details of your prior questions. I am wondering whether there is ...
broken horn10/7/2009
  Q: We just picked up a goat from a neighbor and it looks like he recently broke his horn near the ...
  A: I think it should be all right if you leave it alone, especially since it isn't bothering him. If no ...
Disbbuding a dwarf kid10/6/2009
  Q: How soon after disbbuding can you tell if they are going to grow scurs? I had a 14 day old buck that ...
  A: Usually with the bucks, you get scurs because the horn has spread out at the base and it's hard to ...
nutrition10/4/2009
  Q: up to now i've been canvassing local greengrocers daily getting 3 large boxes of various herbs, ...
  A: Shamim, Firstly, you should never tether a goat--as you stay the little one gets strangled. This is ...
reply to your question10/4/2009
  Q: Over 1 month ago my husband took our yearling to the Vet for test as she stopped eating. Test ...
  A: If they have rumen sounds and are chewing cud that is good. You can give kaolin pectin for diarrhea. ...
Hair and weight loss10/3/2009
  Q: I have 4 pygmy goats, 2 that are 9 yrs old and 2 that are 5 yrs old. My 5 yrs old male has always ...
  A: It sounds like it could be mites that are causing the hair loss. I had just one buck that got them ...
Extra teat10/3/2009
  Q: I have an 8 month old Nubian/Boer cross doe with an extra teat. I know extra teats are easily ...
  A: In Goat Medicine, Mary Smith recommends removing them at the time of disbudding with curved ...
I have a very sick little doe.10/2/2009
  Q: I have a 4 month old female, who has been coughing badly almost like she's choking, and has had ...
  A: First take her temperature. She may have pneumonia. If so, you can probably treat that with ...
baby goat lost her mom10/1/2009
  Q: i have a 3 month old goat that lost her mom due to illness and shes become distant from my family ...
  A: Animals feel grief when they lose a loved one. She is expressing that. I would just sit with her and ...
Getting young goat to eat hay10/1/2009
  Q: I'm wondering if you have any suggestions on how to get my almost 3 month old Nigerian Dwarf goat ...
  A: Does he have an adult or a friend who eats hay? They usually learn by imitating their moms. Do you ...
Broken Goat Horn! HELP!!9/30/2009
  Q: Our mini-Boer just got a new friend last night, and in their process of meeting each other and ...
  A: I think the vet is right that it is all right for now. But I would be concerned that they will do ...
Lame leg after injection9/29/2009
  Q: 2 weeks ago our 8/m old Nubian doe was pulled from the herd when we found her thin and near death. ...
  A: The sciatic nerve may have hit when she got the shot. Or the other possibility is that the ...
Winter hay for pygmy goats9/29/2009
  Q: Don't know if you remember me but I adopted a doe and two kids from the ARL. They are doing GREAT by ...
  A: Carol. My parents are living in Iowa right now, so I know how bad the winter was last year from ...
cdt and small goats9/27/2009
  Q: I was given a small goat, I think he is a nigerian dwarf mix. But he weighs just 17lbs and is 2-3 ...
  A: On the dewormer, you should give the Valbazen at twice the cow dose by weight, and give it orally ...
post natal goat9/27/2009
  Q: My doe gave birth one week ago - a normal birth and very healthy single doe kid. Her placenta came ...
  A: The discharge is normal. It doesn't sound like there is another kid--maybe just rumen development. ...
3 day old baby9/27/2009
  Q: I have a 3 day old baby pygmy mix goat. Her mother was a first time mom and on Thursday,Her mother ...
  A: It sounds like she aspirated the milk and it is in her lungs. Is she still on antibiotics? She needs ...
Pgmy Goat having trouble9/26/2009
  Q: and thanks for your time. I have a 3 month old male pygmy goat. When he tries to poop he has a pink ...
  A: This is a prolapsed rectum. It could be caused by constipation. It may go away in time, or if it ...
Goat Pregnant?9/26/2009
  Q: I have 3 does that I bought that had been in the same pasture as buck on nice days. 2 of the does ...
  A: Each doe is different. Some don't get an udder until the day they kid. But normally first-time moms ...
Pinkeye9/26/2009
  Q: My goats have pinkeye and I have been cleaning their eyes with a saline solution, cleaning their ...
  A: They can go blind from it if it gets really bad. I have not heard of a goat dying from pinkeye. Are ...
Male Goat Stink9/26/2009
  Q: I have a 7 month old pygmy goat. we just bought him from people who raise goats. he is not ...
  A: It's kind of late to castrate him without a vet. If they raise goats, they shouldn't have sold you a ...
Sore's on hind legs9/25/2009
  Q: I have a nanny that has 2 sore's on her back legs. They just appeared 3 day's ago. She reaches all ...
  A: Maybe lice or mites are bothering her? They can cause an itch and once she has the sores the healing ...
coughing and lame goat9/24/2009
  Q: 7 yr old Saanen doe 5 weeks ago had still born premature twins and first symptoms were heavy ...
  A: My first thought was meningeal worm, but that doesn't cause the coughing. Have they been tested for ...
Sick baby 3 days old9/24/2009
  Q: My nigerian dwarf gave birth to 3 kids (wasn't home) one had died either during birth or because she ...
  A: Ruth, Sorry to hear about the kids; it's really hard to lose them, but even harder once you start ...
listeria9/23/2009
  Q: Sunday, 09/20/09, our one and 1/2 yr. old half-boar goat went down - literally in a matter of maybe ...
  A: I am so sorry to hear about BB. The penicillin dose sounds right, but one recommendation is to also ...
bloody horn & stranning to pee9/22/2009
  Q: GOAT GOT HORN CAUGHT IN FENCE AND RIP THE TIP END OF IT OFF.HE JUST BUMPS IT A LITTLE AND WILL ...
  A: He needs ammonium chloride to prevent the urinary stones. He also needs some banamine to help with ...
actions of my pygmies9/22/2009
  Q: i just have a question, not a serious one though. i have 2 adult pygmies and 2 kids. they have been ...
  A: This behavior is perfectly normal for goats. They are creatures of habit and want to stick with ...
goat male with urinary calculi9/21/2009
  Q: I see my male goat that can urinate by my experience and the simtomps I can says is urinay calculi ...
  A: I am so sorry to hear about your buck. 1. Here are the dosing instructions for using Ammonium ...
salty milk9/21/2009
  Q: my name is Francesco. I have just bought my first goat. she is a 4yo saanen and she is pregnant. I ...
  A: Francesco, It could be mastitis. I read that mastitis can cause more chloride to go into the milk, ...
dry itchy/skin and hair loss on nubian goat9/20/2009
  Q: We bought a four year old nubian goat about three months ago. She has had a problem with dry itchy ...
  A: It could be normal, but could be lice. I would give her vitamin E, which is good for the skin. Do ...
eye problem9/20/2009
  Q: I have two of my pygmy goats with mucous and loss of hair in the lower corner of one eye. Mucous is ...
  A: They probably have pinkeye. If you have port wine, a drop in each eye several times a day will cure ...
scours in milking doe9/20/2009
  Q: Yesterday my yearling milk doe would not eat, she also is having green scours. I don't know the ...
  A: It could be any number of things or a combination. If she had a lot of green grass added to her ...
Castrating Boer Goats9/20/2009
  Q: I just recived 3, 5mo old Boer goats to help the weaning process. 2 questions, 1, there sack is ...
  A: Dave, Yes, you can band him. Just keep an eye on the dried scrotum. Sometimes when they are larger ...
goat not passing after birth9/18/2009
  Q: I had a goat kid yesterday at 7:30 pm. It was a surprise I didn't know she was pregnant! She didn't ...
  A: They can pass the afterbirth up to 12 hours (or more) after kidding. She could have done it at night ...
Pygmy goat bullying others9/18/2009
  Q: My husband and I adopted two Pygmy goats about 9 years ago. They were brothers,Mo and Curly.Curly ...
  A: This is dominance behavior and is perfectly normal. Is he neutered? If not he can breed the female. ...
BottleJaw in Goat9/17/2009
  Q: Yesterday evening after work i noticed my male goat (9 months old) jaws were swollen. I researched ...
  A: Fazi, There is no set amount of time for them to get resistant. You can't know for sure what ...
my goats and weepy eyes ???9/17/2009
  Q: i have quite a few goats around 50 and i ve had goats for about 10 yrs now and i ve never seen this ...
  A: It could be something in the air or could be mild pinkeye. I get it in my goats, too. If it isn't ...
Goat is in full milk for too weeks but no kid yet?9/17/2009
  Q: im getting a milking goat from a dairy farm the EX owner had to start milking her just a little bit ...
  A: I would guess that she is a precocious milker--not pregnant. If she had been pregnant, she would ...
Buck Problem9/16/2009
  Q: you could see a blood clot (and it came off) and when I went to wipe it his penis came all the way ...
  A: I think this is something that a vet needs to see if a problem continues. He could have gotten an ...
cross-breeding9/16/2009
  Q: i want to breed city-goats for pets and milk. i've been offered a friendly pet pygmy billy and a ...
  A: The buck may or may not be able to mount the doe, but you don't want a buck or a pygmy to breed with ...
thin goat9/16/2009
  Q: we have a show goat (for the 2nd year, same prob. last yr with another goat) that can not seem to ...
  A: I don't raise Boer goats, I raise dairy goats, so don't have to make them beefy. Your goat looks ...
goat bloated9/15/2009
  Q: i have a 1 1/2 yr old pygmy. she had 2 babies on aug.3. they are now eating by themselves but i ...
  A: Yes, if they are bloated they will be stretching out, losing appetite, maybe grinding teeth from ...
re: Goat vomiting9/14/2009
  Q: I have a Billy that for the last day has not eaten, is vomiting green and is very weak. Could he ...
  A: Yes, most likely he ate something poisonous. Any rhododendron around? If it could be that, there is ...
Bar Vac CD&T9/13/2009
  Q: I have small pet goats weighing 15-20 pounds at 8 months old. We still give them medicated food and ...
  A: In my opinion, the medicated food is not necessary unless you have a big problem with coccidia. If ...
CL9/13/2009
  Q: One of my does has a large lump on her neck and has recently developed a large, golf ball-sized bump ...
  A: It could be a bacterial abscess. Is it expanding in size. If it is an abscess, it will grow, and one ...
introducing orphaned doeling to 2 adults goats9/13/2009
  Q: I lost one of my angora goats about 2 months ago. We decided to try to raise a doeling (5 mos old). ...
  A: Goats can be such bullies. do you have a way to keep her right next to them, but fenced off so they ...
breeding goat with swollen udder9/11/2009
  Q: I have a female goat that I have never bred ( been on our farm since her birth several years ago) ...
  A: She could have mastitis and if I were you I would treat for that before breeding her. I would also ...
signs of pregnancy9/10/2009
  Q: what are the signs of a pregnant fainting goat ?
  A: The first sign is, after going into heat and being bred, she no longer goes into heat. Then you ...
bloating??9/10/2009
  Q: I have 2 Tennessee fainting goats. Dash is 14 weeks old and looks bloated to me. He's very active, ...
  A: He sounds healthy, so it is probably just that his rumen is better developed than his friend's. Feel ...
Trees ok for goats to eat9/10/2009
  Q: I am wondering what kind of trees are ok for goats to nibble on. we are thinking of getting some ...
  A: The question would be what kinds of trees do you have? The goats will debark the trees and kill them ...
Diarrhea9/10/2009
  Q: I have a doe about a year old and she's not growing like she should. Been having problems with ...
  A: I would have her (and your other goats) tested for Johne's disease. It can cause chronic ...
coccidiosis9/9/2009
  Q: can you tell me in detail on routinely giving dimethox to prevent coccidiosis among kids? I mean how ...
  A: Hoegger goat supply uses Di-Methox 40% starting at three weeks old mix 1/2 ml with kids' milk twice ...
Tomatoes and plum fruits9/9/2009
  Q: I fed one of my young (3 months old) goats a small slice of black plum this evening, and now I'm ...
  A: I wouldn't worry about the plum. They aren't supposed to eat the pits or the leaves of plums, ...
goat udder leaking from the top....9/9/2009
  Q: ..here is my problem...my goat is about 1 1/2 yr and had her first baby 3 weeks ago. The baby is ...
  A: It could be that she has a partial orifice there and milk is actually leaking out of it. The info I ...
re: weaning goats9/9/2009
  Q: goat not taking bottle. When we got the goats, they weighed just under 3 pounds each @ 10 weeks old. ...
  A: I wean my kids at 8 weeks. I have noticed that the two who are still nursing on mom are a little ...
4 mos. dwarf goat won't take milk today.9/8/2009
  Q: I have a dwarf Nigerian dairy goat that won't take her bottle today. She one of twins that were ...
  A: Erin. Your goats should be off the bottle by now. They are much too old to be drinking milk. Are ...
sick goats9/7/2009
  Q: I have 2 billy goats less than a year old. One of them has a temp of 105, seems weak and has a ...
  A: If you can't afford a vet--which is my first recommendation--then make sure he is eating and ...
Broken Horn9/6/2009
  Q: I have a2 year old pigmy goat, Doe that is pregnant. Her horns are about 1 foot long, the break is ...
  A: If she seems in pain, give her an aspirin a couple times a day (although that can thin blood), or ...
noisy goat9/6/2009
  Q: I have a goat that just lost her sister we've had them for 8 years we went and got her 2 brothers ...
  A: She will calm down eventually. I can't tell you exactly how long. They go through grief and loss, ...
sick goat9/5/2009
  Q: I did give her the warm electrolytes. I took her temp again and now it is very low, it is 96.0. She ...
  A: I am so sorry to hear that. You are right, with that low a temp she probably won't make it. I would ...
sick goat9/5/2009
  Q: We are having trouble with our goats. We had 12 goats and recently bought several goats from one ...
  A: I am so sorry to hear about all the kid deaths. That's hard to go through. I would say pneumonia, ...
lump in a teat9/5/2009
  Q: My 4 year old pygmy goat has a lump in her right teat. its been there for a little while but not ...
  A: Not being able to see it, it is kind of hard to say what it is. It could be an abscess. That would ...
Infection urinary issue with our baby9/4/2009
  Q: We have a 3 year old Nigerian dwarf. She is very spoiled so to us she is one of our kids. No pun ...
  A: I have not known of bladder infections in does, but that doesn't mean it is impossible. Is she ...
Best way to administer agrimycin powder?9/2/2009
  Q: My two month old Nigerian dwarf goat recently developed an upper respiratory tract infection. My vet ...
  A: I think an injection would probably be more effective. And I don't know about whether the Agrimycin ...
re giving bute to a pigmy goat9/1/2009
  Q: H,i can you give bute and trimediazine to a pigmy goat, as we have one with a dog bite to its ...
  A: Sean. I am not aware of trimediazine being given to goats, although vets do prescribe bute at times. ...
sick kid gaot8/31/2009
  Q: i have a 4 week old kid that i have had for exactly 7 days (monday). she was not started on the ...
  A: Nicala. I will try to answer or make recommendations in order of your questions. 1. I think you can ...
Male Goats Stared in Space8/31/2009
  Q: I have 2 male goats (less than 1 year old). As of last week, I noticed that they were eating less ...
  A: Are they chewing their cuds? That is one of the main things to look for that will tell you whether ...
3-day old goat nursed back to health8/31/2009
  Q: My neighbors have a goat milk farm which I help out at. Almost 3 days ago one of their goats had 2 ...
  A: As long as she is getting fed, I don't see a problem. They have fur to keep them warm and they ...
Udder problem8/30/2009
  Q: I have two Nubian yearling does who are slated to go to a pet home tomorrow. While trimming their ...
  A: I would be concerned that she might have CAE virus. Do you test your goats for that? She seems ...
Udder development on just one side8/28/2009
  Q: i recently purchased two saanen does and was told both had been exposed. one kidded after about a ...
  A: The udder development in itself could be a symptom of pregnancy or false pregnancy. But it wouldn't ...
drying up my Lamancha doe8/27/2009
  Q: My doe lost her kid at birth, she is about 4. We milked her and drank the milk and made soap with ...
  A: You have to just stop milking her. She will eventually reabsorb the milk. If you have waited 7-8 ...
Sick Billy Goat8/27/2009
  Q: Our billy goat is really sick. We took his bowel movements to the vet and she said that he had worms ...
  A: First, take his rectal temperature. If it is higher than 103.5 then he has a fever and probably has ...
Doe skipped colostrum production?8/26/2009
  Q: Fresh boar doe gave birth early evening to single very large doeling. Very attentive, but after 2 ...
  A: They need colostrum within 24 hours, ideally in first half hour. I have never heard of this before, ...
sick goat8/25/2009
  Q: I have asked a question in the past regarding my goat. I am going with the popular breed, Boer. But ...
  A: I think the two small sacks you are talking about are wattles. Hanging on the neck? They are just ...
scours in my pregnant does8/23/2009
  Q: I am just starting my herd. I purchased our two does last year. They were just bred and I brought ...
  A: Jo-Jo, You can give them any of the dewormers except Valbazen (albendazole) which causes birth ...
drying up doe8/21/2009
  Q: My doe gave birth in april one kid died and the survivor was bottle fed. so the doe never really ...
  A: It sounds to me like she has mastitis, because of the solids. You need to get a CMT test kit and ...
week old kid cant stand unassisted8/21/2009
  Q: my 1 week old dairy goat kid is very weak.got her from dairy farm when she was 3 days old and she ...
  A: Let me know if she makes it. She may have a congenital problem. If she is off milk, you should ...
Weird swelling after disbudding8/20/2009
  Q: This is our 3rd season raising Nubians and Mini-Nubians. I disbudded a Nubian buckling at 8 days ...
  A: Ouch. Looks like it got infected. Could be the infection is underneath, causing the swelling. I ...
goats and corn8/19/2009
  Q: I was told that it is bad to feed male goats as my longer term breeder, because it will cause kidney ...
  A: Unless these goats are meat goats, don't give them corn or pellets. They should have good quality ...
goats with colds8/19/2009
  Q: I read the problem the person was having in the intro of this web site, and I too have the same ...
  A: I don't know what trimin is. Have you taken the temperatures of the animals? That would give an ...
goat distress8/18/2009
  Q: I found my 3 year old pet goat lying down this morning and she appeared to be in distress. Her neck ...
  A: She could have but it is hard to say without being there. It could be listeriosis or ...
Kids horns, growth and health8/18/2009
  Q: I adopted a doe and two kids (a male they castrated and a female) from the Animal rescue league ...
  A: Lots of questions. I hope I get them all. Did the vet give you BoSe or give it to the goats? The ...
kidney failure8/18/2009
  Q: it seems he had kidney stones last month and just yesterday I had to put him down as his d.u.n. ...
  A: Rebecca, If he got urinary calculi and they were blocking the kidney, that could cause the problem. ...
boer buck limping8/17/2009
  Q: My 1 1/2 year old Boer buck has started limping today. He is not putting any weight on his left ...
  A: I wonder if he could have pulled a muscle or something. Could he have gotten it caught on something ...
Frothing Goat8/17/2009
  Q: I rescued an older mother goat...recently i saw her frothing a lot, especially when eating. Please ...
  A: Frothing can be caused by bloat. I would give her some free choice baking soda, to see if that helps ...
pygmy babies8/16/2009
  Q: i have twwo 2 week old baby pygmies. other than eating from mom and picking very little at hay or ...
  A: Calf manna also goes by FastTrack (I think). It is for babies and old goats. If you feed the mom ...
our young goats ear8/16/2009
  Q: We have a 5 month old Nubian. His ears are hard and bumpy almost like warts??? There are alittle ...
  A: I would vaccinate that Nubian right away. They can be done at one month and then a month later. It ...
skiddish goats8/16/2009
  Q: My son, Kris, takes good care of our goats. The two newborns (now about 3 months old) buck and a ...
  A: You will have to take time. Bring treats like corn chips, apples, fir branches. They do get over the ...
Goat acting "off"8/14/2009
  Q: I noticed that when I called my goats in yesterday, that one of them was lagging behind..and this ...
  A: I usually start with procaine penicillin. It is the least expensive and not so painful. You also ...
nose bleed8/14/2009
  Q: i have a very small breed nanny approx 2 years old, hornless naturally....i am not sure of her breed ...
  A: I would use some aloe or a thin coating of vaseline or something in the nose to moisturize it. If ...
Peeling horns and a Picky Eater8/13/2009
  Q: I have a 5 month old billy goat and his horns are peeling off. The problem is he only eats fresh ...
  A: He needs a goat mineral block. They have molasses and the goats love them. Then he will get all the ...
valbazen8/12/2009
  Q: How many dosages or how often do I give a dose to a goat with worms? It does not say on the bottle. ...
  A: Did you do a fecal analysis and do the goats have parasites? Are you treating them for a heavy ...
CL in milking goat8/12/2009
  Q: Our milking goat has CL. Is it safe for humans to continue using the milk? What treatments are ...
  A: No, the milk is not safe because they may have internal abscesses. The disease is incurable, ...
Worming age of Kids +8/12/2009
  Q: Can you tell me at what age should i be worming the kids? There are pour on Wormers for cattle that ...
  A: I suggest that people have a fecal analysis done to see if goats have worms before deworming. ...
I think my pet goats have CL8/12/2009
  Q: I have 2 pet goats (they are half pygmy - half boar). When I fed them this morning I saw that one ...
  A: I am sorry to hear about your goats. It is possible that they are both just bacterial abscesses. But ...
bottle feeding8/11/2009
  Q: ..i recently acquired two baby goats on saturday night. they were 2wks old yesterday. we have been ...
  A: Sara, They should be drinking more, but maybe the stress of moving made them want to eat less right ...
sickness in goat8/11/2009
  Q: I have a goat that has disharge of green out of nose and can't tell if she was sneezing or coughing. ...
  A: It sounds like pneumonia to me. That wouldn't be passed on to the others. A lot of times with the ...
4 week old horn health8/10/2009
  Q: My question concerns my 4 and a half week old goat. He's a mix but mostly Nigerian Dwarf. I decided ...
  A: Yes, peeling horns can be caused by a mineral deficiency. You could give him 1000 units of vitamin E ...
Pygmy Goat Worries8/10/2009
  Q: Firstly, I want to thank you for your time! I have just bought a herd of Pygmy goats, about 9 weeks ...
  A: It is highly unlikely that she is pregnant that early. And even if she were, you could not tell. ...
constipated goat8/10/2009
  Q: My male goat appears to be constipated. He is staying away from his 3 brothers and refuses to eat. ...
  A: How old is he? Has he not pooped at all? For how long? Is he drinking water? First thing to do is to ...
Goat8/9/2009
  Q: My goats face and neck were swollen this morning, it looked as if he had been bitten by something, ...
  A: I wonder whether it could have been a snakebite? The eating and drinking are good. I am not sure ...
Udder swollen8/8/2009
  Q: I have a elderly British Alpine nanny, that kidded 8 days ago and Kid died after 4 days. Now her ...
  A: Has she been tested for caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV)? That can cause a hard udder ...
tumor or growth in afterbirth - miscarried8/6/2009
  Q: See the attached picture. My fainting goat delivered a month early. Both kids were dead and some ...
  A: I am not sure if the early delivery would cause more cotyledons. Did you determine what caused the ...
baby8/6/2009
  Q: we just adopted a small dwarf baby,our other females butted the heck out of her and,her tummy is ...
  A: How old is the kid and what is she eating now? Is she still on the bottl? Use one of those bulb ...
Goats and Copper/Feed8/5/2009
  Q: I am wondering how much copper goats are supposed to have? A friend of mine is feeding a feed ...
  A: Goats need a lot of copper, but it really depends on the goat. I feed it in a loose mineral, not in ...
lethargic goat8/3/2009
  Q: We have been raising pygmies for about 18 months, and a few months ago acquired a gentle, sociable ...
  A: Take his temperature first. He could have pneumonia. The teeth grinding and weight loss indicate ...
sabastian8/3/2009
  Q: Cheryl, He's back outside with us most of the day. I put him up twice so he could rest(tried to over ...
  A: Vickie, Once he is totally recovered there should be no problem with him breeding some does. Once ...
Precocious lactation goat8/3/2009
  Q: Our pet goat, never bred, has developed a large udder. The vet said she seems to be lactating but ...
  A: Yes, the milk will get re-absorbed and it will eventually decrease in size. It is important not to ...
is my goat pregnant or not8/2/2009
  Q: I have a 5 year pygmy goat and I was wondering if she really was pregnant or not. We are not sure ...
  A: Do you have any idea of the time range when she might have gotten bred? Usually the udder ...
Diarrhea prior to birthing8/2/2009
  Q: I have a doe about to go into labor any time. This is her second time. She has diarrhea, something ...
  A: This is not normal. When they are pregnant and kidding, their immune system can get stressed. She ...
sabastian8/1/2009
  Q: just thought you would want to know sabastian is trying to get up.His equalibrium is offand he ...
  A: Vickie, I couldn't find anything that said there was a problem with grape vines. They are probably ...
sebastian7/30/2009
  Q: Sabastians eye, where he was laying on it is irritated and a little swollen. What can I do to help ...
  A: Either terramycin ointment or a drop of LA-200 in the eye will take care of infection. If you think ...
does acting strange7/29/2009
  Q: this morning when I went out to feed my does were riding each other and acting a little buckish.most ...
  A: It's funny the bucks weren't joining in. It could be that one is going to kid soon, or the one that ...
uci7/29/2009
  Q: I have a 4 month old male intacked pygmygoat who has calculi. I started giving him fruit fresh at ...
  A: I am not familiar with an acid pack. It's good he is dribbling, though, since it means some urine is ...
Pine Trees7/29/2009
  Q: I have read where goats like pine trees and that it is a natural dewormer. Are Loblolly and Slash ...
  A: The only thing I could find that was documented to be poison was ponderosa pine, which causes ...
Weight loss dry skin and dull coat7/27/2009
  Q: I have two pet goats 11 yrs of age. Twins. One has occasionally had dry flaky skin on his coat but ...
  A: I think the least expensive thing to do would be to deworm both of them with a general dewormer such ...
sick goat7/26/2009
  Q: i have an older doe who started seperating herself from the herd about a week ago and yesterday she ...
  A: I would give her milk of magnesia to see if you can get that going again. Banamine is good for pain. ...
sebastian7/26/2009
  Q: the probiotic, which is best the paste or powder? If it's the powder can I mix it with his water? ...
  A: Vickie. Either one will work, as will yogurt with the live cultures. Yes, you can mix the powder ...
2 week old goat with a growth on throat7/24/2009
  Q: just 2 weeks old and in 2 days has a considerable growth (golf ball size)on her throat, and it is ...
  A: It could be a goiter due to low iodine. Do you give a mineral with enough iodine? On the chance it ...
B127/24/2009
  Q: I am treating my 3 1/2 mo. goat for anemia. I switched to Valbazen and dewormed twice and will again ...
  A: I think that the oral B12 will be fine. Here is an article on oral vs injectable in humans, if you ...
Eye Infection7/23/2009
  Q: I notice one of my wether's eye is shut and there is a clear discharge. What should I do? I can not ...
  A: You have three options for treatment: Terramycin eye ointment a drop of LA-200 a drop of port wine ...
listerosis7/23/2009
  Q: I have a male nubian /seena cross approximatly 6 months old, about 40 lbs. hedidn't come to the gate ...
  A: Normally for listeriosis you give 6 ml of procaine penicillin/100 lb every 6 hours, not naxcel. The ...
Injured goat7/21/2009
  Q: I just bought a miniature goat, he is about 16 weeks old. About a 3 or so days ago, he was playing ...
  A: Maybe it is just a sprain. Doesn't sound like it is broken. You could give him an anti-inflammatory. ...
swollen chin/throat on our goat7/20/2009
  Q: we have 35+ goats and 1 of them a female (boar/nuben mix) started losing wt months ago,(then gets ...
  A: Not sure what the 2 week worming schedule is, but it sounds like it could be bottle jaw from ...
Pregnant miniature goat question7/20/2009
  Q: I have a doe that is pregnant. I bought her at auction late Dec o8 or early Jan 09. She was pregnant ...
  A: Jim, Unless you have bucks on your property, this goat is not pregnant. They never go over 155 days. ...
pregnant goats7/19/2009
  Q: will a male goat harm a already pregnant goat? the female is about ready to deliver. should the male ...
  A: I would take him out now, not because he will harm her, but he may start bothering her or the kids. ...
Mama Nigerian Poop7/19/2009
  Q: I have a Nigerian that had twin boys six weeks ago. I had all the birthing supplies and kidding ...
  A: Chrisanne, As long as she is not constipated, there is not much you can do about the poop. Is she ...
Why did goat die?7/19/2009
  Q: One of my goats died yesterday, but the cause is a mystery. He was about 8-10 years old, a castrated ...
  A: Tom, Without a necropsy it would be impossible to say. One possibility could be poisoning. Have you ...
Pygmy goat bug bites?7/18/2009
  Q: My daughter has two pygmy goats she keeps for 4-H. As we washed and combed the 3 year old female ...
  A: Could be horse fly bites that got infected. Sounds like she needs to have each of them washed with ...
abdominal hernia7/18/2009
  Q: Good morning: I was just speaking with my mother who has 4 kids, born a few months ago. The only ...
  A: Jasmine, Sorry to hear about Harry. I am not aware of any other option, unless you do it yourself. ...
Goats7/17/2009
  Q: If you drink the milk from a goat that has eaten milkweed, can you be poisoned as well?
  A: I apologize for taking so long to answer this. My e-mail has been down for a week and I didn't get ...
baby goat!7/17/2009
  Q: i have a 3 week old boy miniature goat hes been bottle feed since about 4 days old then we got him ...
  A: Skip the milk for a day and give him electrolytes in the bottle. You can also give some kaolin ...
Noromectin7/16/2009
  Q: I initially have given my goats Phoenectin, which I guess is a generic name for ivermectin. I have ...
  A: Carol, You give all wormers except moxidectin orally at two times the cow dose. I would highly ...
pygmy goat with dry flaking skin all over7/16/2009
  Q: Donkey is my 2-year-old neutered male. One of four neutered males that I have. He has always been ...
  A: Tara, It sounds like lice or mites. You can't see either of them. Mites leave crusty scabs. Clipping ...
births7/14/2009
  Q: My goat gave birth to 5 babys SAT.tHEY ALL GOT SOME OF THERE MOMS MILK SAT.tHEN SHE WOULD NOT HAVE ...
  A: I apologize for taking so long to answer this. My e-mail has been down for a week and I didn't get ...
Ivomec 1% Injectable for Cattle7/10/2009
  Q: I know we all don't use the same wormers....each has his own thoughts on worming...but we used this ...
  A: Beverly, I apologize for taking so long to answer this. My e-mail has been down for a week and I ...
at birth7/9/2009
  Q: yesterday one of my boer does gave birth to twins. The male kid was born with his back hoofs bent ...
  A: I apologize for taking so long to answer this. My e-mail has been down for a week and I didn't get ...
Weaning7/9/2009
  Q: I have two, 6 month old bottle fed goats. The girls are drinking 80 ounces of whole milk a day. I ...
  A: Lisa, I apologize for taking so long to answer this. My e-mail has been down for a week and I didn't ...
pygmy goat is losing hair7/7/2009
  Q: Recently my daughter was given a pygmy goat...and I know very little about them. I thought things ...
  A: I would suspect lice. You can either put horse lice dust on him or you can clip him and expose his ...
Sleepy newborn goats7/6/2009
  Q: I am a vet who has more medical experience than practical experience with goats, and have a client ...
  A: I am unclear on whether those that were put back on their moms survived or not. I will be interested ...
alpacas and goats together7/5/2009
  Q: Cheryl, I hope you can help me. I have five alpacas, three geldings and two proven males. Recently ...
  A: Susan, I have not had alpacas, just a female llama who got a kick out of chasing my goats, so I had ...
why are my goats udders swelling?7/5/2009
  Q: I have a doe and a male goat who is suppose to be castrarted but we dont think he is properly as he ...
  A: I would strongly suspect that she is pregnant. The udder usually starts to grow in the last month of ...
I have a sick goat and need help7/4/2009
  Q: I have a cashmere/boar cross female, about 5 years old. She was given to me about 2 years ago. Over ...
  A: Donna, My first thought would be lice or mites. You can dust her with the horse lice dust that has ...
worming7/4/2009
  Q: I live in central Texas and have a very small herd of %Boer. My kids now are all 6 wks of age or ...
  A: Paula, I think it was another expert that wrote that. You give all of the dewormers orally except ...
pregnant goat or not7/3/2009
  Q: i have a pygmy doe, and i thought she was pregnant, she gained wait and had a little milk bag, i ...
  A: She should not be getting an udder if she is only 3 months pregnant. That doesn't come until the 5th ...
lice in goats7/3/2009
  Q: What is the best treatment to get rid of lice on my goats. They are various ages from 4 months to 2 ...
  A: If your weather is warm and the lice are not too bad, just clipping them and letting them in the sun ...
Goat overdue7/2/2009
  Q: My Lamancha doe was put with our buck on 1/22 has not delivered yet. She doesn't show signs of ...
  A: That sounds a lot better on the due date. 155 days is the longest I have ever had one go, so you ...
PROSPECTIVE FIRST TIME GOATER7/2/2009
  Q: I HAVE WANTED TO HAVE A GOAT FOR AWHILE,I WANT THE GOATS TO LIVE IN THE HOUSE LIKE MY DOG.THAT IS ...
  A: Some people have their goats in the house, although i don't recommend it on a regular basis. I had a ...
sick male boer goat7/2/2009
  Q: I have a one year old male Boer goat that on Monday I found really weak. He's 100+ pounds and ...
  A: Susan, You need to take his temperature and find out whether he has a fever. You should not stop a ...
two day old pygmy goat7/1/2009
  Q: my female had two normal size kids and one extra small kid. We are bottle feeding the small kid ...
  A: No, you should not mix the milk with water. It is not enough fat or nutrients for her. She will get ...
Goat calm6/30/2009
  Q: I recently adopted a billy that was abused. I know he loves me and loves his new home, but it's ...
  A: Unfortunately, the only way to get him used to handling is to regularly handle him and get him to ...
triplets6/30/2009
  Q: Can a mother goat feed triplets on her own?
  A: Yes, I have not had major problems with my goats feeding triplets. You just need to keep an eye on ...
Goat coughing or wheezing6/29/2009
  Q: I have a four yr old Nigerian Dwarf goat that seems to be coughing or more like a wheezing every so ...
  A: Have you dewormed her lately? Could possibly be lungworms. The treatment is Valbazen or Ivermectin ...
Goat with swelling throat6/29/2009
  Q: I had a male goat approximate. 3 months old, I noticed that he got a tennis size swelling by his ...
  A: Not having seen it, I can make some guesses. It could be a thyroid problem and you could try ...
Baby goats6/28/2009
  Q: we have had two new baby goats that are a month old. One has horns and the other does not. They ...
  A: They can become fertile as early as two months old. They all do that humping thing as a show of ...
goat with listeriosis6/28/2009
  Q: We have a goat the vet said had listeriosis. Can you tell me about it, I know how they get it but ...
  A: How much does she weigh? It is 6 cc of procaine penicillin per 100 lbs every 6 hours until 24 hours ...
post delivery things to look for?6/27/2009
  Q: My nanny had her first delivery(twins that had to be pulled by vet because I didn't know enough ...
  A: Two placentas is somewhat unusual for twins. Often there is a bit hanging out, but it should come ...
boar goat in labor,first time mother6/26/2009
  Q: how long does the pushing it self last? and is it normal for her to be pushing now for 4 hours and ...
  A: Sadra, Four hours is not normal and it means that the kid is malpositioned. you need to either call ...
First time mom6/26/2009
  Q: How long should I wait after Does due date to start worring
  A: Pam, Do you know the exact date of breeding? Some does have gone as long as 155 days. I would not ...
goat heat stoke6/25/2009
  Q: when i found her she couldnt stand and seemed to be have some seizures. i put her in a tub of cool ...
  A: It may be heat stroke, but may be polioencephalomalacia (goat polio) which is a thiamine deficiency ...
Angora Goats and Lice6/25/2009
  Q: I am a fiber artist and am interested in purchasing a few angora goat kids. I just visited a ranch ...
  A: Sandy, Tell your husband to relax--lice are species-specific, so the goat lice have no interest in ...
Castrating an Older Goat6/24/2009
  Q: I have a Fainting (Myatonic) Buck that is 5 months old. He has not been castrated yet. At his age ...
  A: He should have been castrated earlier for banding; probably testicles are too large and it might ...
I have a sick goat6/24/2009
  Q: I have a cashmere/boar cross female, about 5 years old. She was given to me as a rescue about 2 ...
  A: Unless she has some symptoms that you need to treat with antibiotics, I would avoid that. I would ...
Goats6/24/2009
  Q: Two days ago we found our boar wether laying down and he could not stand up unless we held him up he ...
  A: A lot of different things can cause seizures. I am not sure that the missing hair and purple skin ...
Hoof Trimming and Dewclaws6/23/2009
  Q: I have been looking at alot of web sites about trimming hooves and such. One question is....it ...
  A: Beverly, Like you I am afraid to use a hoof knife, so never have. I just cut with the clippers, ...
Dangling growth on female goat6/23/2009
  Q: I noticed a dangling, bulb shaped growth about 4 inches long, on my 15 year old female yesterday ...
  A: It looks like a hemorrhoid, but sounds infected. The real question is whether there are more growths ...
Hair loss and scaly skin on goat6/22/2009
  Q: I have two goats that were supposed to be Pygmy's but they grew a little larger. They are both ...
  A: Susan, Often the wethered pygmies will get larger than the others. You do need to cut their food ...
Sick Nubian Doe (Sugar)6/21/2009
  Q: About a month ago Sugar came down real sick, we treated her for Listeriosis and Polio because we ...
  A: Karen, I don't personally know of a goat who has gone through this, but I have read of goats ...
sick male nuetered pigmy6/21/2009
  Q: My fellow is 8-10 years old, last 5 days he is listless, not walking have to force him up, just out ...
  A: Rose, That has to be hard for you. Is he urinating at all? My concern is urinary calculi. You can ...
Abscess on goats tail6/21/2009
  Q: I recently noticed that my mother goat may have an abscess on her tail. The hair has recently begun ...
  A: Because it is on the tail, I would try to treat it locally rather than by injection. You would have ...
re-disbudding 10 wk. old Nigerian kids6/20/2009
  Q: The fellow that helped us initially disbud had a dying iron and although he thought he got the horn ...
  A: Yes, I would advise it. It will save problems in the future. When I disbud I count to 8-15 seconds ...
safety of milk after vaccinations6/20/2009
  Q: We bought our first dairy goat recently, and she is due for a vaccination with covexin 8 and a ...
  A: There is no withholding of milk required for the covexin 8 (although I would wait until you have ...
miscarriage6/20/2009
  Q: My Nubian doe is 1 1/2 years old and three months pregnant with her first. Unfortunately, she is in ...
  A: Christine, I am so sorry to hear about your goat and kids. There are so many things that could cause ...
Goat Breathing problems6/19/2009
  Q: I have a 5 month old show goat who snorts like a pig when she breathes. I bought her from a ranch ...
  A: I would suspect that she may have lung damage from whatever she had in the first place. Was the CBC ...
sick billy goat6/19/2009
  Q: i have a 2 in a half year old pygmy billy goat and hes been acting fine until 2 days ago hes been ...
  A: You can deworm all of them, but DO NOT use Valbazen for the pregnant does. I would get them some ...
"frisky" whethers6/19/2009
  Q: We have two whethers, one large, one pygmy. the big guy keeps trying to mate with the little guy. is ...
  A: This is how he shows dominance. I would not smack him and say no, I would just let them work it out ...
very little milk/colostrum first day6/18/2009
  Q: I have a Nubian doe, Sally, that gave birth last night. The udder is hard inside but surrounded by ...
  A: Deb, I need to know the answers to a few other questions before I can try to answer your question. ...
goat udder6/17/2009
  Q: I just recently purchased a female goat, and she looks like she maybe pregnant. I do not know if ...
  A: Grant, You should not be testing the teats, as it will break the seal that prevent bacteria from ...
goats...breeding6/17/2009
  Q: We began raising goats about 3 years ago, we started with 4 does and a buck and are now up to about ...
  A: This is apparently a genetic trait in boers that some people cull for. If you buy more , you should ...
Safeguard for goats6/16/2009
  Q: Tractor Supply sells a dewormer FOR goats called Safe-guard by Intervet, Inc. I would like to know ...
  A: They are talking about fenbendazole in general. Here is a link about parasite problems in the south. ...
weak Kid6/16/2009
  Q: I have a nubian boer cross kid that the doe walked off and left at birth. The kid could not stand on ...
  A: It may be selenium deficiency. You should give the kid a shot of 1/2 cc BoSe. You have to get it ...
Goat not urinating6/15/2009
  Q: I have an 8 week old goat that is not peeing, he was having problems pooping but gave him a teaspoon ...
  A: Is he castrated? Does he get grain? Is he straining? Goats, even young kids can get urinary calculi ...
kid health6/14/2009
  Q: I have an eight week old Nigerian Dwarf. He was a runt, and because he did not seem to be getting ...
  A: I try to wean my bottle babies at 8 weeks, so you might want to start decreasing the amount he gets ...
Trouble bottle feeding kids.6/12/2009
  Q: I have been having trouble bottle feeding my two kids. They are only a week old and for some reason ...
  A: Jess, I am confused. Are they nursing from the mom and are you also trying to milk her? They do ...
9 week old Boer doe with diarrhea6/12/2009
  Q: We have a nine week old Boer doe with diarrhea. We just noticed her in this state this morning, ...
  A: Maybe too much grass caused it. I would start with kaolin pectin to stop the diarrhea. They can ...
Baby goat with sore back end6/11/2009
  Q: I have a three week old female kid. Her back end, around the rectum area, looks terrible. It is ...
  A: Sounds like she is allergic to something, but I have not heard of this. She is too young for ...
Issues with my new mother goat.6/10/2009
  Q: I was curious about how to tell if your goat has Metritis? My girl just had two babies six days ago ...
  A: Oxytetracycline (LA-200 or Biomycin 200) would be a better choice. You can administer it into the ...
bloated on one side6/9/2009
  Q: What would cause a Kinder buck to be bloated just on one side ANSWER: Is it the left side? That is ...
  A: Nancy, I don't know the why of it. I would also give kaolin pectin to get the diarrhea stopped. The ...
sick angora goat6/9/2009
  Q: He has appeared to be sickly for awhile now. We have talked to several people and tried all kinds of ...
  A: Have you given BoSe? It sounds late, but white muscle disease causes the falling down. Usually the ...
Goat leg twisted6/9/2009
  Q: About 2 weeks ago my goat was spooked and fell in an awkward position and her leg was twisted ...
  A: If you love the goat and she is still functional and not in a lot of pain, I don't see any reason ...
False pregnancy in a two year old goat??6/8/2009
  Q: ! I rescued two female goats when they were very young; now they are about two years old. Flopsie ...
  A: It is called a precocious udder and you don't need to do anything about it, unless you want to milk ...
Goat sick6/7/2009
  Q: I am not sure if you remember me but I have the 4 babies now 2 months old and had the bloat issue. ...
  A: I would give her some electrolytes for a couple of bottles and then wean her. They don't need milk ...
goat has snotty nose6/5/2009
  Q: i have a male(steer)pigmy goat, about 80-100+ lbs. his nose is pouring snot, although we have had an ...
  A: Take his temperature to see if he has a fever and possibly needs antibiotics. Is he acting normal ...
5 week old goat vommiting green6/5/2009
  Q: she is one of 3. We have been bottle feeding her brother 2 times a day because we feel the mother is ...
  A: Baby goats always eat poop. That is how they get the bacteria in their rumen. The vomiting is a ...
doeling 2 days after surgery6/4/2009
  Q: I have a 12 week old pygmy doeling. She had surgery 2 days ago for a abscess in her umbilical area. ...
  A: Did the vet give you pain medication (banamine)? That would help with any swelling and with pain she ...
castration 2 month old goat?6/3/2009
  Q: At what age can you castrate a baby goat? Ours is about 2 months old. Is that to young? Is the ...
  A: Cimarron, Two months is fine. They should not be younger. I use the banding method, but there is a ...
sick and dying goats6/3/2009
  Q: I have purchased about 25 young goats (3-5 months old) from different sources. I have had a few that ...
  A: Susan, It sounds like enterotoxemia to me. Are they getting grain? Have they had CDT shots? They can ...
I'm new to goats6/2/2009
  Q: I just got 10 week old Alpine doeling. The breeder told me to feed 1/2 to 1 flake of hay plus 1/2 ...
  A: I don't give that much grain, but if that is how much they gave you can give the same amount or ...
boer goat6/2/2009
  Q: Im new at raising goats,i was told that by purchasing a boer goat i made a big mistake? Now im ...
  A: Wendy, My first response is no, the boer will not kill the saanen! Why would it? How old is it? Is ...
eye problems6/2/2009
  Q: I am relatively new to goats. So, forgive me if I ask a DUH question. I just got a new ...
  A: The home remedy for pinkeye is a drop of port wine several times a day. If it clears up that is what ...
Wether showing male characteristics6/1/2009
  Q: I have a 10 month old Nigerian Dwarf cryptorchid that was surgical castrated at 4 months of age. ...
  A: I am aware of cases where goats had a third testicle. I wonder whether the vet looked for a 3rd ...
youngest age a goat can be impregnated5/31/2009
  Q: I sold a Nigerian Dwarf goat at the age of four and a half months. I was contacted by the buyer that ...
  A: The youngest I have known of a Nigerian (or other mini goat) being bred is two months old. So yes, ...
pregnant females5/31/2009
  Q: I have a boer buck about 2 1/2 years old. My 2 females were killed by the neighbors dogs. I recently ...
  A: You can keep the buck with them for now. It will be nice for him to live with two ladies. I usually ...
Vaccine Schedule5/30/2009
  Q: I have a mixed heard with 4 dry does, 2 first fresheners and 3 kids. How often should I give CDT ...
  A: I give them CDT once a year after the initial vaccines. The BoSe depends on your situation with ...
Goat losing hair5/29/2009
  Q: I am a 4 year old weather who is losing the hair on hos back. The hair loss started near his tail ...
  A: My guess at this time of year is lice. I would dust with a permethrin based horse lice powder or a ...
Worming, CDT and CD antitoxin5/29/2009
  Q: I have 4 babies that were born 4/9. Two of them kept getting bloat symptoms on the milk replacer so ...
  A: First of all, I would cut those babies down to feeding only twice a day. They will throw a fit, but ...
goat dander5/28/2009
  Q: Why would some of my cashmere goats have goat dander and others have beautiful skin and no dander in ...
  A: Maybe genetically prone to certain deficiencies. Vitamin E is good for the skin; you might try some ...
Laminitis5/28/2009
  Q: I am pretty sure that my 3 year old goat has laminitis. I was wondering if you could tell me ...
  A: Arnica oil can be applied as an anti inflammatory. Comfrey can be made into a poultice and ...
Mineral5/27/2009
  Q: What can I put free choice loose mineral in for my goats where they will not poop or pee in it. We ...
  A: This is an ongoing dilemma. I also have tried the pvc, the holders, etc. I have now switched to the ...
Motor oil on my goats5/26/2009
  Q: Help! How would you get dried motor oil off of a goat's fur? I've even tried bathing the goat with ...
  A: Dawn dishwashing detergent is what I have heard of. Not knowing how much of the fur has oil on it, I ...
Pregnant doe with Mange5/25/2009
  Q: Recently acquired Sanaan doe is approx 4 mos pregnant. She is receiving quality nutrition, minerals ...
  A: Dee, I thought I had already answered your question. Apparently it didn't go through. Certain mites ...
Injured goat5/25/2009
  Q: We just got some baby goats. Today the neighbour's dog (small yapper type) got into the paddock adn ...
  A: You should clean the wound and put warm compress on it a few times a day for a few days. Then ...
baby goats with sores or warts around their mouth and nose5/24/2009
  Q: We have had a baby goat since she was 1&1/2 days old. We went to the goat farm night before last ...
  A: Celina, It sounds like soremouth, also known as orf. It is very contagious among goats and people ...
Diarrhea5/24/2009
  Q: I have two does, and one has suddenly gotten really bad diarrhea. I wormed her about a week ago as ...
  A: You should give her some kaolin pectin right away. If you don't have that, then use pepto bismol. ...
Reading the Egg Count Report5/24/2009
  Q: I just received my first McMaster's Egg Count and am wondering if I am perceiving this correctly. I ...
  A: I can't seem to find any information on what is a normal count in goats. I did find a source that ...
Sick goat5/23/2009
  Q: I have a male goat that is 5 years old & fixed, within the past 2 weeks I noticed he will not drink ...
  A: It sounds like he might have pneumonia. Did you take his temperature? Have you tried to listen to ...
overweight goat5/22/2009
  Q: I have one doe that is terribly overweight, so much so she looks like she is late to freshen and she ...
  A: That goat is what is known as an "easy keeper." Some just seem to get fat, even though on the same ...
Mother rejected twins - one isn't using back legs5/22/2009
  Q: My friend brought me 2 baby oe twins that the mother rejected the 1st day. I have noticed the one ...
  A: I can give some advice, but think you would need a veterinarian to definitively diagnose the lame ...
milk turning bad5/22/2009
  Q: I have a 6 year old dairy goat who we have milked many times in the past. She just had her final ...
  A: My first thought (and experience) is that the goat has subclinical mastitis. Do you have a ...
milk producing goat5/20/2009
  Q: I have two female dairy goats. I noticed yesterday one has a very large utter and checked and she is ...
  A: This is called a precocious udder and happens to some goats, apparently from strong milking lines. ...
baby goat chocking up phlegm after eating5/20/2009
  Q: I just got a baby nigerian goat, the lady I got him from said he was eating alfalfa and cob so that ...
  A: How old is he? 8 weeks? Does he have regular grass hay? He does not need alfalfa, but will do better ...
spontaneous udder5/19/2009
  Q: I have a two year old doe that has not been bred (was AI'ed but not settled earlier in the year and ...
  A: Apparently this happens from time to time in some goats. It may be hereditary and it is also said to ...
Shots5/19/2009
  Q: I have a 3 day old goat when he got his vac. and a pen. shot he went limp. He eats good and is ...
  A: It is possible that a nerve was hit. Where was the shot given and was it subcutaneous? If that was ...
goat5/19/2009
  Q: We bought a baby goat last night, he is about three weeks old and nursed from his mother when we got ...
  A: You have a couple of options besides taking him back. You can keep trying to feed with the bottle. ...
My Little Buster5/18/2009
  Q: I have 2 boar goats a doe (hazel) and about 2 weeks ago purched a 8 week old buck (buster). Now keep ...
  A: What do you mean by drenching them once a week? And by pellets, do you mean goat feed? You could ...
goat smell5/17/2009
  Q: We just got a 2 yr old milking goat. After having her with us and milking her for a week, we've ...
  A: You should buy what is called a CMT (California Mastitis Test) and follow the directions to check ...
pygmy doe baby5/17/2009
  Q: we've got a bottle fed baby girl who's eating dry dog food & cat food (in the house at night crated) ...
  A: Yes, you should be concerned. She should never eat cat or dog food. That is most likely what is ...
castrating older goat5/17/2009
  Q: I just adopted an adult goat from a cruelty case in VT. Unsure of his age, breed, maybe 100 lbs. ...
  A: Kristen, I would not try to castrate myself, but perhaps a knowledgeable goat vet could. The ...
1.5 year old goat with persistant diarrhea5/17/2009
  Q: We have a 1.5 year old pygmy goat with persistent diarrhea. She had pneumonia treatment with ...
  A: I would start with an anticoccidial, which can also kill some other bacteria, as well. Then I would ...
pregnant goat5/16/2009
  Q: about a week ago, I took two female boar goats, that the owner could not keep, and one of them is ...
  A: You should isolate her in a separate clean pen. You can tell if she is going to kid (if she hasn't ...
sick goat5/16/2009
  Q: My 3 year old, 2nd time freshener Reg. American Alpine is laying down pretty much flat and foaming a ...
  A: My first reaction would be to try some baking soda, in case her rumen pH is off. If it is frothy ...
My dwarf goats are loud!5/15/2009
  Q: I have two nigerian dwarf sisters who are 3 months old and days away from being done with their ...
  A: Little cuties! Thanks for the picture. Are you in town? I think not letting them see you or other ...
new to goats5/14/2009
  Q: I have never owned any goats, but I now have two female boar goats, that the owner could not keep ...
  A: Lots of people are having trouble with lice, ticks and mites this year. I would put vaseline on the ...
Old pgymy goat with sudden hair loss and scaling5/13/2009
  Q: There is 17 year old pygmy goat at the barn where I board my horses. Within the past week he has ...
  A: Even with deworming it could be an external parasite. It could be lice or chorioptic mites. You can ...
goat skin disorder5/12/2009
  Q: I have 3 Nubian does. All 3 have developed a bald patch on their chest. It appears red and has ...
  A: Could it be related to their feeder in any way? I have a feeder made of a cattle panel and the goats ...
nonbred goat lactating5/12/2009
  Q: I have a Sanaan-mix goat that has not been bred (as far as we know!), but we noticed that her udder ...
  A: I would not want to take the colostrum from the kids, if there are any, so I wouldn't milk. How old ...
goat grinding teeth5/12/2009
  Q: I have a 2 week old lamancha doeling. I noticed late yesterday that she was grinding her teeth. Just ...
  A: Maybe her disbudding is hurting a little--you can give her some aspirin (1 aspirin, with food, per ...
bloated goat5/12/2009
  Q: I have a two year old pygmy he has had a cough for about three days went down to lock everybody up ...
  A: It sounds like two different things. I hope he isn't bloated this am, but if he still is, you can ...
birth5/11/2009
  Q: we have a boer goat and we think this is her second pregnancy. by my calculations she is not due ...
  A: Usually that is all, but did you see the placenta? You can bend over the goat from the back and put ...
Browsing5/11/2009
  Q: I need to understand about browsing. We bought our goats to browse (not graze) our three acres ...
  A: Beverly, It really depends on what they have to browse on. If there is enough variety, and the right ...
Goat is constipated5/10/2009
  Q: I have a pygmy male weathered goat he is 7 months old and is straining when he tries to potty. He ...
  A: Give about 6.5 ml. I don't think that the TB syringes hold that much, though. You need the 6 cc ...
baby goats5/10/2009
  Q: My baby goats are born with swollen glands on each side of their neck. They are weak and most times ...
  A: Grace, It is probably iodine deficiency, and those are goiters. You need to make sure they have a ...
disbudding disaster done by vet?5/9/2009
  Q: This is my first time having goats, I have 2 nigerian dwarfs, 2 weeks old and bottle feeding. Took ...
  A: I am sorry and sickened to hear about what happened to your goats. Yes, it sure looks like the vet ...
drying up a goat5/7/2009
  Q: how can I make my goat dry up after selling the kids
  A: I normally milk mine twice a day, and when I drying them up, I decrease to once a day, then once in ...
Covexin 8/CD-T Question5/5/2009
  Q: Cheryl, I was hoping you could clear up some confusion for me. I have always given my goats Covexin ...
  A: Kelly, You are right, you do not need to give CDT if you give Covexin 8, as it vaccinates against ...
sick kid ??5/5/2009
  Q: Ok..getting a little frustrated ...I have a kid that is going on a month old. He is one of 4 and ...
  A: Have you considered coccidia? It usually manifests as diarrhea, but in some cases the kids only ...
4 week old goat with swellen front leg joints5/5/2009
  Q: I have a Nigerian dwarf goat. When she was 1 week old she wouldn't put weight on her back leg. A few ...
  A: Has the mom been tested for CAE virus? This is the most common cause of swollen joints in kids. If ...
color of goat urine5/5/2009
  Q: "I have a 1 month old male castrated Alpine goat. He is currently living inside my house in a large ...
  A: Cheryl. The only thing I can think of is a poison plant or bad hay. Have you checked the yard for ...
premature labor due to an injury5/4/2009
  Q: I am concerned that my Nigerian doe may go into premature labor. She had a horn snap off today, ...
  A: Seneca, While it is possible that the trauma of the horn loss could lead to premature, I think the ...
Male "billy" Goat5/3/2009
  Q: After letting our billy mate with the females, he is back in rut (they all had a nice crop of kids). ...
  A: As long as there are does around that are not bred, he can stay in rut. This seems early, but if ...
rescued goats5/3/2009
  Q: I have two goats i just rescued one seems to have week hooves and the other pees alot but it seemes ...
  A: Michelle, I am not familiar with the exact cause of weak hooves, but it sounds like a mineral ...
elderly goat not eating5/2/2009
  Q: My neighbor's nanny goat is I think 12+ yrs old. She has lost alot of weight & is not eating her ...
  A: Janet, She is old for a goat, but sometimes when they get that old their teeth start bothering them. ...
Lonely goat5/1/2009
  Q: the horse arrives in a couple of weeks. The goat however is very lonely...Do you think puting a ...
  A: Laura, You can try it, but I am not sure that a chicken will do the trick. I wouldn't worry about ...
Shivering 2 week old Nubian5/1/2009
  Q: My Nubian doe had a large doeling two weeks ago. The baby has been fine, running around, drinking, ...
  A: Katie, She may have just gotten too much to drink after not eating. I would warm her up, then keep ...
new owner setting up barn for goats4/30/2009
  Q: I know they like to chew on certain things and my brother is concerned that they might chew through ...
  A: Deb, You are right. They do like to chew. If they start on the drywall, they will rip the paper up ...
lack of growth after age 2 months4/30/2009
  Q: Nubian doe had triplets; all were doing fine. After they were 2 months old, 2 of them began to lose ...
  A: There is a genetic defect in some Nubians that causes them not to grow. You can read about it here: ...
sick goat4/30/2009
  Q: I have a pigme goat he is probably 2 or 3 months old and he acts like he has a belly acke and or ...
  A: Crystal, What has he been eating? Has he pooped at all? Is he chewing his cud? What exactly is he ...
Lethargic Momma pygmy goat4/29/2009
  Q: I've had goats for 6 months or so, and my 2 yr old pygmy female who was bred in early March isn't ...
  A: Rusti, The first thing to do is the take her temperature, so you can rule out a lung infection. ...
Pygmy goat kidding and breeding4/29/2009
  Q: I have been asking Donna some questions but when I went to ask a follow up it said she was ...
  A: Kymmie, Normally, she should not even have an udder. The definitive way to tell if a goat will be ...
Goats & severe tick infestation4/29/2009
  Q: I have a severe tick infestation on my ranch. How do I treat my goats and prevent heart failure from ...
  A: Yikes, Kirsten! It must be the year of the tick, because I have gotten so many questions about them. ...
nanny pygmy goats4/28/2009
  Q: I have a nanny pygmy goats whose udders become engorged at certain times of the year. What is this? ...
  A: Denise, Interestingly enough, pygmies were originally a dairy breed and some people still breed ...
Bottle Feeding Kid4/28/2009
  Q: I have a 1 year old first time freshener that delivered a doeling yesterday evening. When I arrived ...
  A: Stout, What kind of goat is it? Full-sized? That sounds like a lot of milk to me. The usual feeding ...
Ivomec/worming/parasites4/28/2009
  Q: We are worming with the Ivomec 1% injectable for cattle and swine and giving it orally at 1cc per ...
  A: I would hold off on the pour on. The dewormer should help to kill lice. Rubbing mouth and head in ...
Bottle fed baby goats4/28/2009
  Q: I am the new owner of 4 baby (about 8 day old) Alpine Billy's, thanks to my boyfriends children that ...
  A: Jana, Your thinking is right on this. Kaopectate is what to give. You also need to cut down on the ...
Another Question about Tics4/27/2009
  Q: I read another question about tics and wanted to get help with them as well. Once we have a large ...
  A: Scot, Here is an article I found on sulfur that says it is all right topically, but not to feed in ...
Sick goats4/27/2009
  Q: I just had a momma nanny and her 3 week old kid give to me. They were going to have them put down. ...
  A: Connie, I think that it's great you are trying to save these goats. But I am not sure what you ...
baby goat urine4/27/2009
  Q: approx 4 wks old has bloody urine for 1 full day eats hay and grain and formula
  A: donna, Eating certain plants can cause bloody urine, including broomweed, which is in the southwest. ...
worming and breeding4/26/2009
  Q: can you tell me when to worm and what to use for does who have been bred and those who have already ...
  A: SuSa, Ideally, you would collect the goat berries and send them to a lab for fecal testing to see ...
Separate Male from kid At Birth?4/25/2009
  Q: I am new to raising pygmy goats...My doe just had her first kid today. I was told to separate the ...
  A: Kasi, Put the male in with the mom. Make sure he is drinking milk from her. He really needed ...
ticks on kid goats4/25/2009
  Q: I have 6 new kids ranging in age of about a month old. Ticks are waking up big time here~what is ...
  A: Kay, Do the kids have ticks? Have you had a problem with ticks on goats previously? I would not use ...
Goat kids congestion, cough4/25/2009
  Q: I have been treating 2 kids (Sisters) for several weeks now. They are really congested and cough ...
  A: How long have you treated for each of these? Have you had a vet doing the treatment? I had a goat ...
pigmey goat4/24/2009
  Q: what can I do for a goat that the dogs attacked. She is bleeding on the back leg, and seems to be ...
  A: I just realized that I forgot to mention the need for a tetanus shot (antitoxin) if her CDT is not ...
Milk Replacer4/23/2009
  Q: I am concerned about using milk replacer. I have 4 does that I purchased from a dairy farm that ...
  A: Ruth, I prefer not to use milk replacer. My goats have gotten diarrhea from it. But if your goats ...
Prolapsed Rectum4/23/2009
  Q: I was wondering about how and why a goat can get a prolapsed rectum? How is clean and fix it?
  A: Jamie, I have only known of this with kidding, when they are pushing the kid out. Did the goat ...
Goat Kid - Weak Ankles4/22/2009
  Q: Just this morning two male kids were born to my 2-year-old Saanen doe. One of the boys is doing ...
  A: I am not aware that it is caused by a vitamin deficiency. It usually clears up within a few days, ...
Baby Goat bitten by horse4/22/2009
  Q: "We just "inherited" 14 goats and currently know basically nothing about them. One of them is a 2 ...
  A: Brandi, I have been thinking about your goat and the horse bite. If you have not done so already, ...
aged doe with rapid breathing4/22/2009
  Q: We have a 7 yr old nigerian doe who had quintuplets @ 6 weeks ago (lost 2 in the first 24 ...
  A: Elizabeth, The temperature may be slightly elevated, and you should keep checking it. Has she had ...
Baby Boer Goat doe4/21/2009
  Q: About three weeks ago I had a set of triplets born. The first two were normal size, about 7-8 ...
  A: It sounds like an infection of some sort, because of the temperature. I would start her on an ...
Baby Goat and Diarrhea4/21/2009
  Q: I brought home my 2 baby pygmy goats on April 17, (they are 9 weeks old) both seem to be doing fine ...
  A: If she is eating grain, the first thing to do would be to stop that. Also you can give her some ...
Worming4/21/2009
  Q: I have read so much here and there on the net that I am so confused on the amount of Ivomec to give ...
  A: This drug should be given orally. It should be 1 ml (1 cc) per 50 lbs, which is I believe double the ...
Re: Weak baby goat4/15/2009
  Q: We went to the drug store yesterday and bought 1 a day vitamins which contains 105 mcg selenium and ...
  A: He definitely is not lazy. There is something wrong with him. Give him a teaspoon of baking soda in ...
QUESTION GOAT4/15/2009
  Q: WHAT IS A CAE VIRUS? WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE. JEANNE
  A: Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis virus (CAEV) is like HIV in goats. It is the same type of virus only ...
sick milker?4/15/2009
  Q: My 2 year old Saanen goat has been giving about a gallon of milk a day up until the last 2 days. She ...
  A: That temperature is not considered a fever in a goat. It may be normal, but also may be slightly ...
New kids4/15/2009
  Q: We are new to goats and have 3 new kids, they are three months old. We were told they had been ...
  A: Beverly, It probably would not hurt them to worm and vaccinate again if you think they were not ...
RE: baby goats4/14/2009
  Q: Last year our doe had a single birth, resulting in a baby buck. Since birth the buck was kindof ...
  A: It could be polioencephalomalacia (PEM), which is a thiamine deficiency in goats. The cure is ...
PIGMY GOAT4/14/2009
  Q: I HAVE A GOAT WHO JUST HAD TWINS, HER MILK BAG IS VERY LUMPY AND HARD WORRIED IF BABIES ARE GETTING ...
  A: You need to check closely to make sure the kids are getting milk. If you are unsure, try to milk the ...
Hazy eyes in a newborn goat4/13/2009
  Q: I have asked other goat owners and the vet and being we are such a small community, no one seems to ...
  A: Most likely it is something called entropion, where an eyelid is turned into the eye, irritating the ...
Newborn with swollen eyes4/13/2009
  Q: Saturday morning I had a goat give birth to a single large doeling. The doelings eye were swollen ...
  A: Sorry for the delay in answering. My internet access went down on Sunday, and I am now at a friend's ...
Baby goat 1 1/2 wk old4/13/2009
  Q: Our black baby goat is 1 1/2 wk old and he had a gut issue however thanks to u guys who volunteer i ...
  A: Lila Ann, I hope that the baby has continued to improve and gain some strength. He is not old ...
Routine Vaccinations-Getting Started4/12/2009
  Q: We are new to goats and need to know how and where do you give the CDT injection. Also besides the ...
  A: Sorry to take so long to get back to you. I lost my internet access and am now at a friend's house. ...
lameness on front4/11/2009
  Q: I have a 3 yr. old Saanen wether who appears to weak ankles, ie both feel roll to the outside when ...
  A: The first thing that comes to mind is CAE virus. Has the goat been checked for that? It can affect ...
feeding4/11/2009
  Q: I have raised goats for 3 years and I feed them 1 1/2 to 2 cups of goat ration, per day, and give ...
  A: They need the alfalfa hay, especially for pregnancy. It has lots of calcium. Also, do you have a ...
Feeding4/10/2009
  Q: My grandaughter found a baby goat about 6 days ago and brought her home. Initially because it was ...
  A: Do you have any idea how old she is? If she is really young, my first thought would be that she may ...
kid born with bowed rear leg4/9/2009
  Q: our 2 day old goat kid was born with one bowed rear leg. the first day the hock would actually ...
  A: This is not uncommon and often corrects itself with time, but in some cases a splint is helpful. ...
boer goat4/9/2009
  Q: he was ok yesterday.today when i went to feed him he tried to eat and he vomited.he is moving around ...
  A: Vomiting is a serious sign in a goat. I suspect that he didn't actually vomit but ate too fast and ...

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Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)

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Publisher of Goat Health Care, www.goathealthcare.com. I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

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American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)

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Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

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