Angora Goat First Aid
By Dr Mackie Hobson

Wednesday, 15th January 2020

ANGORA GOAT FIRST AID

Most Karoo farms are a long way from the nearest vet and a first aid can make a big difference to the health and welfare of a goat.

The ‘First Aider’ must be competent in administering treatment. Whenever possible get your goat seen by your Vet or first contact your Vet for advice.

It is important to be able to do a basic health examination of an Angora goat.

Apart from the basics of Temperature (normal 39.5 C) Heart Rate (70-80 beats/minute) Respiration rate (12-20/minute) the whole goat must be examined.

For information on a basic 10 point check see our website https://www.angoras.co.za/article/health-check-on-angora-goats.

 The examination includes:

  1. Eyes
  2. Mucous membrane colour
  3. Nose
  4. Lips and mandible
  5. Teeth
  6. Body condition
  7. Anal area
  8. Hooves
  9. Fleece
  10. Genitals

FIRST AID KIT CONTENTS:

WOUND TREATMENT, ABSCESS TREATMENT

Topical disinfectant -  example ‘Chlorhexidine’ ‘Iodine solution’      

Gloves latex

Swabs -  clean wound and surrounding skin                                         

20ml syringe (x1) - flush wound with disinfectant

xylocaine spray - (topical anaesthetic)                          

Needle holder                    

Tissue forceps- (hold skin margins to suture effectively)

Suture material, example ‘Clinisorb’, Catgut

Superglue Example ‘Vetbond, Surgical lock, Surgibond glue’

Pair Scissors

Topical wound spray Example ‘Panthox or Terramycin’

 Antibiotic (non-POM) to use only if wounds contaminated

 Needles 25G 5/8 per (inject antibiotic as above)

10ml syringe  inject antibiotic

20ml syringe (x1) - flush wound or abscess with disinfectant

Surgical masks if dealing with an abscess

kidney dish (keep instruments -in disinfectant, sterile)    

Barber scalpel No.24 (x10)

Formalin 3-4% to disinfect shears and floor if abscess cut

 

POISONING

Activated charcoal

Stomach Tube + funnel

 

WEAK ANOREXIC GOAT

Stomach + tube + funnel (Above)

Vitamin B Injectable

Oral rehydration Example lectade, Diakur

 

BLOAT

Vegetable mineral oil (20-200ml) or ‘Bloatgaurd’ (10ml off label)

Stomach tube (as above)

 

LAMENESS

Asperin (10mg/kg)

Bandages

Topical Tick treatment

Hoof clipper

For absence see above

 

ACIDOSIS

Vegetable oil and Activated charcoal (above)

Vit B1

Antibiotic (penicillin)

Probiotic ‘Rumix or Protexin, Biorem’

Calcium carbonate , Bicarb 30-60g per goat

 

PARASITE TREATMENT

Roundworm and Tapeworm remedy

Tick treatment

Lice treatment

Drench gun

 

EYE

Terramycin eye ointment

 

Thermometer

 

Some Basic First Aid Conditions

  1. Lameness

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/lameness-in-angora-goats

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/hoof-care#352

  1. Wounds

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/shearing-wounds

 

  1. Poisoning

See poisoning section on Website

 

  1. Weak Cold Hypothermic

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/the-weak-and-cold-hypothermic-angora-kid

 

  1. Bloat

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/bloat-in-angora-goats

 

  1. Eye conditions

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/eye-blue-discolouration-of-the-surface-in-an-angora-goat#269

 

SEE PROCEDURES

How to stomach tube an Angora goat?

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/stomach-tube#159

How to drench/Dose?

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/how-to-dose-an-angora-goat#334

How to inject?

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/injecting-angora-goats#160

Euthanasia protocols

https://www.angoras.co.za/article/euthanasia-protocols#339

 

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