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Vaccines & Medications

Goats require a yearly vaccination of CD & T which protects the goat from overeating disease and tetanus.  

This vaccine is given to kids at around 2 to 4 months            of age if they have been protected through their 

mother's colostrum.

 

It is strongly recommended that 30 days prior to    parturition, a doe be vaccinated to protect the                newborn for the first month or two.                           

 

Otherwise they are vaccinated at about 8 weeks of age and sometimes earlier. It is recommended a kid be given a booster at weaning.  

If you are uncertain a new doe or buck received this vaccine, it is recommended they be given the vaccine.

We have found that having Nutri-Drench on hand has been very beneficial for any goat under stress or looking as if they are "off".  Goat Nutri-Drench rapidly delivers to the goat high energy, many vitamins and trace minerals, important amino acids, electrolytes and antioxidants in minutes to restore the immune system. We love that this product allows us the ability to raise healthy goats naturally.

We use this to energizes weak newborns, to stimulate a goats appetite. We also use it to help correct diarrhea.

 

The ingredients allows for maximum energy support for white muscle disease in newborns.  We always keep this product on hand.  Be sure to have a drench gun (see photo below) or clean, empty syringe to administer.

Ingredients are listed as: 
Propylene Glycol, Molasses Products, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Dl-Methionine, L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Thiamine, Niacin, Zinc Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Magnesium Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Sulfate, Sugar.

Rabies Vaccine:  We chose to vaccinate our herd for rabies due to the number of children and adults that come into contact with our goats.  We consulted with our veterinarian and felt that we'd rather get them vaccinated than to take a chance and not get them vaccinated.  This vaccine requires your veterinarian to administer the vaccine.  

Copper Oxide Wire Particles (COWP) have been scientifically proven to help reduce abomasal worms, H. Contortus otherwise known as the potentially deadly barber pole worm, in goats.  (This product will not help with gastrointestinal worms.)  This product has been shown to help reduce numbers present in the gut.  Doses range from 0.5 to 2 grams. You will want to administer with a bolus gun for goats.  

These are the items you will want to have on hand in addition to a veterinarian that is familiar with the care of goats.  If a goat vet is not in your area, obtain a few good sources for goat health through the university extension services in your area and online.

Only after confirmation of a fecal exam should you ever treat for worms.  Treating a goat or any animal for that matter without confirming there are parasite eggs or worms with dewormer medications creates worm resistance in goats.  

Since there are only 3 wormers that are approved for use in goats, care should be taken when treating for worms.  After confirmation and identification of the parasite or worm, you can choose which wormer is best.

There are a few dewormers that under guidance of your veterinarian, can be used "off label".   

We treat only after FAMACHA indicates a need in combination with a fecal test and additionally, we check for worms by doing regular fecal testing.  

Toltrazuril is an example of an "off label" product for use for coccidiosis in goat kids. This is sold for use with horses but the description of the product mentions puppies and kittens treatments.  

PRESENTATION: Toltrazuril 5% 200mL

DESCRIPTION:
Toltrazuril is the result of extensive research efforts to help treat EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), which causes a multitude of effects that manifest in a variety of symptoms.

 

Our solution represents a new standard in coccidiosis control, belonging to the chemical group of symmetric triazinone not related to any other anticoccidial drug currently in use in veterinary medicine. Our 5% solution affects all intracellular structures of the one-celled protozoan parasite called Sarcocystis neurona. Toltrazuril is highly effective and has demonstrated the following benefits:

-prevents and reduces the severity of lesions
-stops oocyst shedding
-improves growth rate
-improves feed conversion

Check with your veterinarian for use of this product as the alternative choice of Corid or prescription Dimethox. 

Corid is available over-the-counter but it is a thiamine inhibitor which can lead to other issues and needs to be administered for 5 days.  

Click Here for a link for the product.