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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Goat annual vet-visit, now with kidding predictions! 
5th-Jan-2012 03:30 pm
The vet has come and gone, having given everyone their CD&T and rabies shots for the year, blessed most of my goats as healthy, and given his considered opinion on some lingering foot issues on the rest.

He also brought the neat portable sonogram, so to the best of his veterinary magic, we have the following :
Anna - twins (Yay!)
Dahlia - single (Yay-ish. She's done both single and twins and is fine with either one.)
Mona - twins (Boo! She only has one functioning teat. This is not going to be fun.)
Alys - twins (Boo. Last time she twinned Berry and a DOA.)
Talla - twins (Cautious yay? I don't have enough data.)
Sashimi - twins (booo... well, ok, this might not be my problem if the lady who wants her actually buys her before February.)
Jessie - Well, Jessie looks kinda like she ate a hippo for lunch, so we didn't sonogram her. We just waved our hands over her and pronounced "twins."

Knowing that this will be completely wrong when the time comes to prove it, I'm also writing down the order of likely kidding. According to who looks the most cooked, the starting lineup is: Jessie, Anna, Mona, Dahlia (?), Alys, Talla, Sashimi. And the vet warned me to start looking for the twinners to go off as early as ten days earlier than mathematically projected, which means January 23 rather than February 2nd. Also, that puts Dahlia's location in the lineup even more up in the air.
5th-Jan-2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
What are your foot issues and what did the vet say? Foot problems are really my only chronic health issue.
5th-Jan-2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
One of my goats is suffering this lingering between-the-toes foot scald. It is not underneath the toenail, only in between his toes. It has been resistent and persistent in the face of various treatments, and has now even formed blisters around the front of the foot. The vet took samples of both the between-the-toes and the front scabs to culture back at the lab. I'm hoping to find out that I've just been treating the wrong thing (for example, this is mite-driven rather than bacterial), rather than that this is completely antibiotically resistent to all treatment.

In the meantime, the vet switched me from using Bio-mycin 200 to Nuflor (http://www.nuflor.com/diseases/fr.asp) to treat him, in the hopes that a non-tetracycline based treatment might do the trick.
12th-Jan-2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in what the vet found in the culture.
Kopertox is usually my first defense, and then 2 days of LA 200 if that doesn't help. This year I am trying LA topically and I am having some good results..
23rd-Jan-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I just called the vet for a final follow-up on the results. The culture came back with the usual bacteria, and they couldn't prove resistence to tetracycline. However, the goats that we treated with Nuflor are still fine, and the goats that were treated with BioMycin are limping again, so that's pretty conclusive in my book.
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