Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Staci Brown's discussion NDG-dog log
"You need to pull down her lower eyelid. It is normally dark pink or red inside, regardless of the skin color on the outside of the eyelid. 
What is her body condition like?
Can you post a photo?
Does she have a goat friend? 
What are you feeding…"
Mar 25
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to jamie heiden's discussion another shedding question
"I asked one of my favorite vet professors about the ammonium chloride recommendation you got, and here is what he said .... I bolded the most important part.
"When feeding ammonium chloride one is attempting to alter the acid-base balance of the…"
Mar 19
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to jamie heiden's discussion another shedding question
"You don't have much of a choice about including it in the feed because a lot of companies already do like Purina Goat Grower (but not Goat Chow, which is why you have to read the labels). It's frustrating that almost no vets actually raise goats, so…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to jamie heiden's discussion another shedding question
"You probably misunderstood the vet if you thought you were supposed to be giving ammonium chloride once a month. It goes straight through them and they pee it out. So, it's good for the day and that's about it. If you read the ingredients on the…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to jamie heiden's discussion another shedding question
"As long as he is eating, drinking, walking around, and acting normal, and the shedding is the only thing you're seeing, I wouldn't be worried at this point. You normally see more than one symptom when a goat is sick. With zinc deficiency, you might…"
Mar 17
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to jamie heiden's discussion another shedding question
"The shedding does look excessive. It reminds me of my bucks when they were zinc deficient. Just double-checking that I understand what you're feeding and it does NOT include any alfalfa, which would be high in calcium and could cause a zinc…"
Mar 16
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"When I say you should strain the sample, I'm talking about something like a milk filter or coffee filter so that there is no debris on the slide. The only thing you should see is eggs, which makes it much easier to count the eggs. 
FYI -- Tammy was…"
Jul 31, 2022
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"There is so much debris and so many bubbles in these photos that they're not really helpful. You need to filter the sample before doing the flotation. 
I don't recall if this has been discussed, but you are not going to get a sample with 0 eggs…"
Jul 30, 2022
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Emma's discussion Deworming goats
"I really hope those "other goat owners" told you to use the Corid dosage on the bottle because that's what you use for goats. You don't have to diluate as much as the instructions say, but the amount of the drug going into the goat needs to be the…"
Jul 12, 2022
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  • thank you! I appreciate the add. I'm a new goat owner and seeking guidance.

  • Deborah,

    My goats are not coming into heat,  neither yearlings. Anything I can do to start a heat? Their mother has just had a short heat last month

  • Another concern is that the mom has developed bumps,  like hives,  on the right side of her udder. She still milks nicely and is eating well.  I walk them in the snow and wonder if this could be an irritant,  but why on half of the udder? The twins are separated from her at night and then i milk the next morning and the kids are with her during the day.  Any ideas here?  We're pretty much without a goat vet here in Fairbanks,  AK.         Thanks,  Barb Rondine

  • Deborah,

    Remember the quints born this summer ? I kept the two doelings and they are 6 months old now. For the past two weeks, or so, one of them has started mounting and vocalizing and nipping at the others and pesters them almost all the time.  She developed a beard and shaggy eyebrows by four months and is very dominant.

    1. Her mother is polled, as is she, and her father is horned. Any ideas to stop this behavior?  Thanks,  Barb Rondine
  • Deborah,
    I've got problems with my kid and mom but can't figure out how to get to the forum page and you. Thanks for the info,
    Barbara Rondine
  • Hello, Am Akinwale from Nigeria, we are planning on organizing an enlightenment program and training seminar on the first ever dairy goat farming in Nigeria. I wish to request for your partnership in terms of technical support since one of our choice animal is the Nigeria Dwarf Goat. We are expecting more than 200 prospective farmers to participate in the program. Hoping to hear from you soonest.
  • Figure I'd give you an update on my doe. I've been using Solgar Chelated Zinc Tablets for almost 2 weeks and it seems to have made very fast difference in her hair and skin. Crust is gone! I've been dosing one 22mg tablet a day in milk stand feed. Though I was doing Eprinex pour-on before, that only seemed to work so much. I feel Zinc deficiency can be precursor to allow a mite attack and/or mimic it in ways. A lady I purchased a buck from had a doe with same condition for two winters we both had in our doe. She started using Zinpro Pro Care and saw great improvement.
    This should be a help for future goat people looking for help and answers!
  • Thanks Deborah for the fast response! I concur with your thoughts on it being mites. I've picked up the Eprinex pour-on today and was planning on doing it tomorrow. Wondering what exactly you did to your girl. I was was going to do around 3ml down her back. How fast did you see results?

    Few notes have your girls experience this before or recur in the same doe? Did her milk also cut back from symptoms of mites?
  • Hi Deborah, I'm the new member going to see my vet today. I seem to have two accounts on The Goat Spot. I signed up in October 2015 but when I revisited the site a few days ago I was informed that I didn't have an account and needed to sign up (again). How do I delete the first account I set up in October??


  • Thanks Deborah!

    I just found out yesterday that Nigerian Dwarf's made it to our shores, which I'm really excited about, so I'm here to learn everything I can before I get started.
     Thank you for making this place, its awesome.

    Happy new year :)


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