Note: We are not veterinarians and do not recommend medications, we simply share information on what works for us and our goats.
Arnica—Gel—Apply thoroughly to affected area for bruising or sprains until healed. In addition, we sometimes administer up to 3 arnica pills 2X per day for bruising or sprains.
Aspirin—Regular strength 1 tablet per 10 pounds of body weight for pain, swelling, fever over 102.5. Can be administered 2X per day.
B-Complex—Normally 5 CC per 100 lbs. Always check label for dosage. For stress and for weak goats. We give our goats a dose the day before and/or the day of travel to reduce stress. We also use B-Complex to boost the immune system when inner eyelids are light pink.
CDT—(Clostridium Perfringes Types C & D-Tetanus Toxoid) is a preventative against enterotoxemia and tetanus caused by Types C & D clostridium tetani. We administer 2cc of CDT to all adult goats annually. The does receive their annual booster one month prior to delivering kids. Kids whose dams have been vaccinated receive their first CDT vaccine at 6 weeks of age and their second dose 21 days later. Fiasco Farms (http://fiascofarm.com/goats/medications.htm) recommends that kids whose dams have not received a CDT vaccine prior to delivery receive their first 2cc dose at one month of age, their second dose 21 days later and their third dose 21 days after that.
Ivomec—Injectable dewormer for Cattle & Swine 1% Sterile Solution (Merck) (Agrilabs produces the generic, much less expensive product, Agri-Mectin.). 1 ML per 34-50 pounds for treatment of lungworms, gastrointestinal roundworms, larvae, lice, mange mites and cattle grubs. I administer Agri-Mectin at 1 cc per 22 pounds. Works much better if given orally. Measure with a syringe, and remove needle before squirting dewormer into back of goat’s mouth. Safe for pregnant does. Administered to does the day after birthing and to all kids at 1 month of age. Although worms are a silent killer among goats, we no longer use dewormers with adult goats on a routine basis outside of their once a year deworming. We deworm the entire herd at the end of fall when the cold weather causes parasites to go dormant in the pasture. Instead of the old monthly deworming routine, we now monitor inner eyelid color (should be medium to dark pink) and monitor our goats' poop. We deworm individual goats when their inner eyelids are light rather than medium or dark pink. We monitor poop for signs of tapeworm (The only worm visible to the naked eye; looks like white grains of rice.) and for soft, clumpy poop versus nice hard, round pellets. If the soft, clumpy poop is not caused by diet (nutrient-rich food, green grass, etc.,) we consider deworming the goat.
Penicillin—For infection. 1 ML per 25 lb. once a day for 5-14 days. Never less than 5 days.
Red Cell—6 cc per 100 lb. Although normally given to horses, we use Red Cell successfully with goats as well. It serves as an iron supplement and can be administered to weak goats in addition to Vitamin B Complex. To boost energy levels in stressed goats, administer over a 3-day period. For weak or anemic goats, administer over a 7-day period.
SafeGuard—For tapeworms only; does not work for other parasites; safe for pregnant and lactating goats. We follow dosage instructions on product and administer for 3 consecutive days. Tapeworms are common but not a regular occurrence. The first time the unmistakable tapeworm larvae, looking like living grains of rice, showed up in goat poop we treated the infected goat immediately then treated the entire herd as well. We have only had one other occurrence, and we treated all kids and any adults who showed signs of clumpy poop or who seemed to have low weight. SafeGuard flushed out the whole adult parasites (visible in the poop) in the infected kid.
Sulmet—(or the generic Di-Methox—sulfadimethoxine concentrated solution 12.5%.) for prevention and treatment of coccidiosis. 5 day treatment; 1 CC per 5 lbs. day one; 1 CC per 10 lbs. days 2-5. We use this med as a coccidiosis preventive in all kids beginning at 1 month of age and continuing each month for the first 3 months. We have only found this product in gallon containers but find it to be a worthwhile investment. We have found Sulmet to be much more effective than Corid. We are always ready to administer another 5-day treatment for any kid under one-year of age with diarrhea that is not caused by diet, especially any dark watery diarrhea that has an especially foul odor. Sulmet is a must-have in your goat medicine chest. With any diarrhea, we make sure the goat has plenty of dry hay to munch. I also draw up a little syrup and water to hide the bad taste and prevent the goat from gagging and spitting out the medication.
Tetanus Antitoxin—.5 ML for kid; 1 ML for adult with puncture wound or just before tattooing, castrating or disbudding.
Valbazen—Also a recommended tapeworm treatment among goat farmers. Recommended oral dosage is at a rate of 1 cc per 10 lb. of goat weight; not to be administered to pregnant or lactating does. I use the Purdue University Dosage Chart for goat worming meds: http://www.luresext.edu/goats/training/GoatDewormerChart.pdf We used Valbazen with a newly purchased kid who showed tapeworm signs but for whom SafeGuard did not flush out the tapeworms. Wait at least 10 days after administering SafeGuard before administering Valbazen, then stick with Valbazen for that goat in the future so as not to rotate dewormers. Dewormer rotation should occur only every 3 years minimum.
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