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IMPORTANT, PLEASSE READ: The following information has been complied for general reference and educational purposes only, and is not intended as a means of diagnosing and treating an animal. It is not intended, in any way to replace professional veterinary advice or care for your goats. The information presented here is not a comprehensive review these drugs and their uses. I am not a vet, do not pretend to be one, and do not consider myself an expert on goat medicine. The following information was originally compiled my me, for my own use, from various sources (on-line, books, anecdotally, and person experience) that reported the successful use of the following on goats, in the amounts listed. I am sharing it with you for general reference and educational purposes only. This information is presented without any guarantee, and I disclaim all liability in connection with the use of this information. The administration of all medications should be taken extremely seriously. Veterinary consultation is vital when diagnosing and treating sick animals. It is your, and your vet"s, responsibility to make proper decisions concerning treatments and drug safety or effectiveness for a given situation. Never disregard veterinary advice, or delay in seeking it, as a result of information provided on this site. Please note that most of the doses given on this site are "extra label" (Extra label means that the dosage given for goats differs from that found on the bottle and/or the Food and Drug Administration has not cleared their use in goats). Extra-label use of any product in a food producing animal is illegal without a prescription from a veterinarian; that includes the milk withdrawal information.
Note on absence of meat withhold information: We are vegetarian, and not raise or sell goats for meat or meat related purposes. My site is for everyone, and I try to have it be thorough, but I do not gather information specific to killing goats, and so, I do not have it to share. The information on this page was originally compiled for my own use; I have no personal need for meat withhold times so I never collected it. The medications listed below probably do have meat withhold times; if you are looking for meat withdrawal information, you will have to research elsewhere.
Personal note on "Orthodox" Medications:
After many years of using "traditional" Western Medical practices and medicines on my goats, I began experimenting with Holistic, "Natural" & "Alternative" treatments. Nowadays I rely mainly on these Holistic treatments. I will use Western Medicine if necessary, as it is more important to me that my goats be well as opposed to being allied to any one medical practice. 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 responsibly.
Since I now practice mainly Holistic and herbal health care, I have not had the need to give a shot, of any type since, 2002.
Since I don"t use most Western Medicine drugs any longer, be aware that any information regarding Western Medical drugs have not really not been updated since 2002.
Types of shots/ the way that they are administered:
Intramuscular (IM)- Into the muscle.
Subcutaneous (SQ, sub-Q, SC) - Given under the skin. Almost all shots for goats can be given SQ* (even if the label says IM) with the exception of hormones, such as Lutalyse.
*Due to the nature of how goats are put together by nature, and how they metabolize things, Sub-Q shots work just as good as IM in almost all cases.. The general reasons some shots are given IM and some Sub-Q is because IM gets into the system faster, this is due to the blood flow through the muscles. Sub-Q shots will get into the system slower because the blood flow through this area (under the skin) is slower. Goats have a high metabolism and not a huge amount of muscle mass. Because of this, shots given Sub-Q will get into the goat"s system almost as fast as IM.
Why would your want to give shots Sub-Q as opposed to IM? IM shots are usually more painful and can also cause tissle damage. If you do not have to, why cause more pain, discomfort and stress than you have to? I care about my goats emotional health as well as physical health. I care if they are stressed. Part of holistic health care is keeping stress to a minimum. If I can give a shot with less pain, I will.
Important Note on Medication Dosages for Goats:
Goats metabolize medications differently than other animals; drugs clear their system faster. As a result, goats require higher doses of drugs for effective treatment. Most of the drugs available for use on livestock are not labeled for use in goats and so are not labeled with the correct dose for goats. For a treatment to be effective, you need to use the correct dose. Please note that most of the doses given for goats on this site are "extra label" (Extra label means that the dosage given for goats differs from that found on the bottle and/or the Food and Drug Administration has not cleared their use in goats)
1 ml (milliliter) = 1 cc (cubic centimeter) 1 teaspoon = 5 ml (cc) 1 Tablespoon = 15 ml (3 teaspoons), 1/2oz 1 ounce = 30 ml (2 Tablespoons)
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