Hoof Trimming
Trim the toes first as they grow the fastest. You only want to trim enough off the heel so that the bottom of the hoof and the
parallel to the ground.

If you trim too much off the toes or heel the line will be at the wrong angle. This can lead to walking on the pasterns or to
other problems and lameness. The angle of the hoof should not be like a horse hoof angle. Goat hooves are different.

You can also trim the dewclaws a little at a time if they are getting too long.
Foot Rot
Symptoms include lameness, a very
bad odor in the hoof area, broken or
jagged hoofs.  

We use an apple vinegar or iodine
solution to soak the hooves, followed by
a good hoof trimming. I also put tea tree
oil on the hooves after trimming.  
Peanut butter will hide medications
very well.  We put medication in
peanut butter between crackers.
A sick goat

At the first sign of illness I begin giving Vitamin B complex.  (1cc per 100 lbs)

(I give shots SQ [just under the skin] in the large muscle of the hip or shoulder, using about 1/2 " needle.)

Nutri-Drench for Goats is a safe treatment for any life-threatening ketosis.  It moves vitamins and minerals
into the bloodstream within 10 minutes.  If I have a goat that is weak and appears ill, I administer it

Probiotics:  Works in the intestinal tract.  It stimulates appetite and improves digestion.  I use this following
any worming treatment. This can be given in a gel form or a top dressing on feed.  

Oxytetracycline:  This is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It is effective in treating foot rot and several other
infections.  It stings. The dose is 1cc per 25LBS.  

Penicillin (300,000 IU):  Is used at 1cc per 15LBS, twice a day. (Use for 5-14 days but never less than 5.)

Penicillin Procaine:  1cc per 25LBS; use once a day for not less than 5 days.

Sulmet Drinking Water Solution:  This is a broad spectrum antibacterial.  It can be used to treat a
single animal or the entire herd.  Use the treatment for at least 5 days.  It is used for coccidia, pneumonia
and foot rot.

Electrolyte mix, selenium/vit E gel, germicide, fungicidal spays, terramycin eye ointment, and
potato starch (used to stop bleeding),
all on hand for emergencies.  (All of these products can be
purchased at Hoegger Goat Supply.)

Beer:  Yes, if we have a goat that has decreased rumen we give it beer.  We find it improves the rumen
faster and the goats are more willing to drink it in place of some of the rumen medications.  They like it at
room temperature.

Charcoal gel:  Keep this on hand in case your goat gets into a poisonous plant.
This information is given with the help of Sharon H.
(from the Care2 network)
We always soak our goats' feet prior to trimming
them. Ours like a warm whirlpool bath.
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Pulse: 60-80 per minute
Respiration: 15-30 per minute
Average weight: Dairy goat 100-200 LBS   Buck: 200-300 LBS
Temperature 101-103
Kidney stones.  This can be common in goats that have been weathered.  We give daily doses of Ammonium
Chloride in our feed.  We keep salt blocks available and use apple vinegar in our goats' water. We watch our weathers
closely to make sure they have a good urinary output of clear urine. If your goat develops a blockage I recommend
you go to a veterinarian immediately.
Cleaning of a goat barn.  This is something that needs to be done daily!! It is important that the walks and yard are
Dawn dish soap, and ammonia.  The Listerine kills bacteria, Dawn dish soap controls insects, and the ammonia fertilizes
the yard.

Once a week
1) I remove all straw from the floors,
2) Wash the barn floor and rubber mat beds with a mixture of Listerine mouthwash and Dawn dish soap.
3) After the barn is completely dry I add clean straw.  I replace clean barn mats and use a large base of straw in our  
barn because straw will protect the joints of the goats and pulls urine away from them where they lay.

Wash and keep feeders and water pails clean.  

Flies, lice and other pests:  My cleaning mixture inside and outside of the barn helps control insects.  My friend
Sharon recommended using fabric softener in the barn and fabric softener sheets on my goats to keep flies away.  Not
only does it work great, it also makes your barn smell wonderful.  

I also use Diatomaceous Earth.  I use it as a powder on the floors of the barn to control flies, external parasites and
odors. I also keep some in a bucket for the goats to eat as a free choice. They love the taste. It is full of minerals and it
works well as a wormer. Before letting your goats eat it make sure it's "Food Grade."
(The dust can cause lung
problems so don't spread it around with your animals in the barn and wear a dust mask when applying it
as a powder.)
Goat Coats

We tried goat coats on our goats, but they always got them twisted.

Now I cut the arms down on sweat shirts and put their front legs through the
arms and they stay warm and safe.
care here at the farm.  
  • Give injections under the doctor's order
  • Give oxygen
  • Give IV therapy
  • Do minor surgeries
  • Fully stocked to provide wound and
    emergency care