Medical Kit for New Goat Owners

The following products above can be found on or at your local livestock/feed store.

There are many great blogs and forums on goat care. Sometimes, for a new goat owner, the amount of information out there can really be overwhelming. Just check out one of the forums and you will find 4-5 responses with different suggestions regarding illness, upkeep, and medical emergencies. When I first started raising goats I followed as many forums as I could and watched all the responses and suggestions. Over time I learned what worked with my little herd and what didn't. The following post is only a suggestion of what options are available. If you feel like you are in over your head with a goat sickness or emergency please see a vet.

5 Steps to Follow For Good Goat Health

Step #1 Treat your goats right!

Goats Don't Eat Tin Cans

Your goats need proper nutrition to stay healthy. Poor feeding practices and stress can trigger sickness. Goats also need adequate shelter. Believe it or not goats like cleanliness and won't generally eat hay that has been stepped on. Invest in a hay feeder or hag bag (do not use the netted kind...goats can get caught in them and strangle themselves). Keep their water clean and always available. Feed high quality feed for your animals and use the recommendations from the breeder on feed regimes. Always provide loose minerals and baking soda free choice.