Dairy Goats and Various Ailments
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Amity
Posted on: April 16, 2007

Antibiotics for:
Respiratory diseases, pneumonia
Abcesses and cuts,
Udder diseases such as mastitis,
Foot diseases: Foot rot, strawberry foot, Pink eye,
Staph infections,

I am unsure as to your request. Are you asking for herbal treatments to replace the antibiotics normally supplied by conventional medicine in these conditions? If so, unfortunately I will not be able to help as herbal medicine cannot be employed as a direct replacement for pharmaceuticals. The use of herbs as medicine is more than "take this for that illness". It is a whole programme that seeks to find the cause of an ailment; treatment may involve diet, change in environment, change in husbandry techniques, etc. as well as the internal or external use of herbs.

Treatments for:
Grain overload, bloat, grass tetany
Pregnancy toxemia,
Dystocia - difficult kidding,

Please see my comments above. Given the number of conditions with which you are concerned, I would recommend that you seek an ongoing relationship with a qualified practitioner in your area who has experience with both goats and herbs. Such a person may be found through the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association (www.vbma.org). Beyond that, you might want to look at books such as Juliette de Bairacli-Levy’s "The Complete Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable" and George Macleod’s "Goats: Homeopathic Remedies".

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