nose: snot is clear to white, cough, no temperature (normal goat
temp is 103 but it can vary a degree either way depending on the
I worry that
people start giving their goats antibiotics every time they
down with a cold. Yes, you should watch the cold and make sure
it doesn't turn into something worse, but remember, we (humans)
get colds once in awhile, and we all know that there is no cure
in modern Western Medicine for the common cold. (In my experience,
colds are much better treated and respond better to Natural treatments).
Using Antibiotics when they are not going to help the situation
(such as for a common cold or flu) will not cure the problem and
only build resistance to the antibiotic, making it useless when
it is really needed. They also cause
great stress to the Immune System and negatively effect the digestive
system. Please use antibiotics responsibly.
How I treat
a common cold:
I start the goat on Immune
Support Tincture one or twice a day. Many times, this is enough to help the
goat through their cold. I may also try aromatherapy with the
following essential oils: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender,
and Thyme. Make sure that the goat's housing is dry, well ventilated
and draft free. Give probiotics.
Goats are very
susceptible to Pneumonia, so you need to watch them. When people
come to me feeling they must give their goats something for their
cold (runny nose and cough but no other symptoms) I recommend giving
Immune Support Tincture,
since this aids in preventing Pneumonia and does not mess up their
systems like antibiotics do. (Antibiotics reek havoc on the digestive
system, especially in goats, causing more stress to their systems).
am not a big fan of Western medicines that mask symptoms; these
are not "cures".
I do use Western Medicine when necessary. Under some circumstances
(but not all) they are more useful than herbal treatments. In some
circumstances, holistic and herbal treatments can be more advantageous
treatments. I will use whatever the best treatment is for a particular
situation at the time; my most important goal is the health
animals, not allegiance to a particular practice of health care. But,
I will also add, that since treating my herd in a Natural & Holistic
manner, they have never been healthier and happier. Also, please
think about what you are administering and why (whether it be Western
Medicine or Natural Medicine), do your research and use ALL medications
more than a common cold:
Goats can be very prone to Pneumonia.
Runny nose: snot is green (Make certain it is the snot that is green
and not just cud. Some goats will have cud that comes out their
nose and this is green but nothing to be worried about), "raspy"
lungs, temperature (normal goat temp is 103 but it can vary a degree
either way depending on the weather).
How I treat
when it is more than just a cold:
I start the goat on Immune
Support Tincture 3, 4 or even 5 times a day depending on how bad it is. Many times, this is enough.
sure that the goat's housing is dry, well ventilated and draft free.
the severity, you may choose to also administer Oxytetracycline
(if the goat if not pregnant, if the goat is pregnant I would give
Penicillin Procaine/Penicillin Benzathine).
Many people may use Naxel in this situation, but it is a prescription drug and
not everyone can get this. If
you decided to administer antibiotics, I would also give Probios
to help with stress and keep the rumen going.
Many times a goat's cough is a sign of Lungworm and not an illness.
If a goat is coughing a lot,
especially after running or playing, and has no other symptoms,
I would worm them with the chemical wormer Ivomec. I am not sure that herbal wormers can be relied on to treat lungworms already infesting the lungs, though, my Herbal Worm Formula will keep the goat from becoming reinfested once they are clean. Click
here for more info on wormers.
Goats may sneeze
if they are allergic to something. Yes, goats can be allergic to
things just like humans.
Goats may also
sneeze if their hay is dusty or moldy, the way to treat this is
not to give them moldy or dusty hay.
Sneezing that is nothing to worry about:
Did you know that goats use the sneeze sound as an alarm? They
use a sneeze to warn each other of danger (be it actually real
Young goats sneeze as part of their play. If you
watch your goats you will begin to notice their use of the sneeze
Goats sneeze sometimes when you give them alfalfa hay. Who knows
why? It's just their way of saying "I like alfalfa!"
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