Since I am sometimes on my own on a weekend or in the middle of the night with an issue, I have found some websites that offer what I consider to be helpful information. I am not officially endorsing them as the be all end all, and I know some vets that cast a dim view of them, but I will let you decide for yourself and offer the suggestion that I use - if it doesn't agree with my own animal experience and own sense of what make sense - I don't try it on my goats. That being said, I have been able to glean helpful information from the following non-vet sites:
http://www.acsrpc.org (this one has scientific backing)
I also search and read the goat chat boards. Sometimes you read crazy sounding stuff, but there are some mighty experienced goat people out there, and much can be learned from reading the exchanges between producers. I of course still love to read The Goat Rancher and always learn from it, although I have less time to really enjoy it now that I am always re-reading classroom texts.
I hope these links are helpful to anyone having a problem and unable to get veterinary help. Again, I am not a vet and don't claim to be. For better or worse, I have had many animals over my years, and had horses when I was a broke college and graduate student. I learned how to take care of a lot on my own in those ramen-noodle filled years.
We have recently used my experience gained while keeping a horse at a stable with gravel on a hill to the pature, and a farm worker who thought it was cool to turn my horse out last so she would run like a bat out of you know where to get to the rest of the herd. I had lots and lots of stone bruises that turned to abcesses to work through that year - and even had one work its way up and out my horse's coronary band. Ace and Tonto had a fight a while back, and Ace's hoof must have been bruised, because now, he has had an abscess just like my mare used to have. This is pretty inconvenient as it is breeding season, so I suggested to Chuck to use an epsom salt poultice to draw out any infection. I think a lot of epsom salts for drawing out infection. I think much less of Tonto causing trouble. He does not love being the mature buck who has no does. Not even a little bit. Luckily he is easy to catch, but he doesn't lead terribly well and he is much stronger than I am, so the Gator helps me tote him back where he needs to be. He moves along with the Gator pretty well, although we can tell from his expression that he is just fuming about the indignity of it all.
|I move Tonto however I can when he decides to be where he ought not be. He really needs some does of his own.|
|Ace, being pitiful with his sore foot|
I wanted to leave with a picture of one of the toxic plants we have on the farm. Seems we have more than our share, and this one has normally been relegated to the shady pasture edges, but the soggy summer has it growing even out in full sun this year. This is Perilla Mint, and it really does have a minty aroma when cut. It causes symptoms that mimic pneumonia. I have seen our goats take a bite or two of it, and although I freaked out, it appears to not always be immediately deadly. I read somewhere that the toxicity could vary. Keep an eye out for it, as it was introduced as a landscape plant and went invasive. This picture was earlier in the summer, but this time of year, it is tall and has a skinny seed spike.
|Perilla Mint - just another toxic plant here in the Southeast|