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Farm Life: Goat People: help me treat Buddy the pygmy

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Poochella
Issaquah, WA
(Zone 7a)

December 2, 2007
6:37 AM

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Buddy, our ~12 yr old pygmy goat is ailing with a lame leg and some undefined respiratory problem. I asked the vet for oral meds because of prior bad experience with injectibles in goats. Now I ask DG goat folks for any input you might have for pastes, sauces, or mashes in which to tempt the goat to take a powdered oral medication. We worm them regularly with paste which is easy and acceptable to them.

I have read about melon,grapes, artichokes, and various veggies that could be pureed into a small palatable paste. They get de-worming paste monthly without any problem. Perhaps a more liquid drench of medication and _________ would get the job done? He's a very docile, older guy who certainly deserves a chance to remain the respected elder in the barn.

Have you any tricks/tips that can help us get oral meds into Buddy? They would be much appreciated. I do not want to lose another goat.

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