Keeping Goats

Goats come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have different requirements and problems to other animals commonly kept.

At Scarsdale Vets we can offer advice on all aspects of goat husbandry from preventative vaccination and worming strategies to routine surgical procedures and care of individual sick animals. Associate Partner Rose Jackson has a particular interest in this area and is on the committee for the Goat Veterinary Society.

Worming

Worming regimes will vary depending on the number of animals being kept and the cleanliness of the pasture. At Scarsdale we advise doing quarterly worm egg counts which can be done in our lab to provide a fast turnaround time. We can then design a worming regime based on the results.

Routine surgery

Disbudding is a surgical procedure and should be carried out by a vet. Goats have thin skulls and a low local anaesthetic toxicity level making this procedure more complicated than in calves. Other common surgical procedures carried out include castration and eye surgery. These procedures may be carried out either in our hospital or at home depending on your requirements and facilities.

Lameness

Goats should have their feet regularly checked and trimmed. We can provide advice on how best to do this if required.

Vaccination

We advised that all goats are routinely vaccinated against clostridial diseases which include tetanus. This comprises a primary course followed by six monthly boosters.

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