Sunday, June 14, 2015

Foot Troubles.....

 So it has rained here... A Bunch.... I have talked about our drainage issues before.. It gets mucky nasty in the goat pen.. No matter how much we try to let it build up, it just turns to muck.. It was knee deep this year.. Coming over the top of my boots when I was trying to get chores done. Of course it effects the goats.. In the form of Foot Scald this time... I had one doe that started it.. and it has now spread to 16 of the 21 does we have.. It is a mess.. It is anywhere from one hoof affected to all 4 and the goat doesn't want to get up..  They don't eat and drink like they should and get stressed.. A stressed goat is dangerous..
 This is what one of my does that is the worst looks like.. This was after taking the wraps off and washing it off with a vinegar spray. The stuff I am packing with is drying it out and just after 1 treatment several does are no longer limping. The worst are getting wraps and packing changed 2 times a day.. It starts between the toes in the back and seems to basically infect the soft part. Its not white like Hoof rot and starts on the outside of the hoof not the inside. Its kind of grayish white and slimy/mushy looking. Very painful and causes heat in the hoof/leg.

So what I have tried so far.. Oxytetracyline(LA200/Biomycin) Worked for a little bit but then came right back. That was giving a shot of it as well as soaking the area in the Oxytet. Did that when it first started.. Then before I knew it.. I had probably 10-12 does out of 17 limping.. Some refusing to get up unless we made them. So I tried antibiotic again.. Nothing at all.
Then I tried an herbal oil some improvement.. But not keeping it dry. As soon as it rains we are back to where we started.

 Talked to a Goat friend.. She suggested Sugar and Iodine paste. Pack it and wrap it. Willing to try it at this point. Thinking I had the stuff.. but.. Not enough iodine to treat the 16 goats that were limping on one foot or the other or all 4 of them. Tried mixing sugar with the herbal oil I had.. Again some improvement in some of them.. In the mean time bank account cleaned out by some one buying clothes, shoes and electronics in the UK.. (When it rains it pours right?)
  So no option to buy anything. I am wracking my brains trying to think of what else to do.. All my books are packed in anticipation of the big move. In the mean time giving Nutridrench, Cayenne and aspirin drench to keep them eating decent as well as electrolytes. I decided to mix D.E.. Cayenne and Rosemary powder pack their hooves and wrap them. The ones that just have a little bit are getting it packed in twice a day but not wrapped. All 3 of those powders are drying and the Cayenne and Rosemary have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as other helps. FINALLY Seeing serious improvement!

I also washed with warm soapy water and spray with Apple Cider Vinegar before packing. It is still taking us about 2-3 hours to do chores and treat everyone but already they are starting to not limp and acting better. The wraps do let moisture through but its more for holding the mix on and not keeping moisture out. Several that we removed tonight were still dry between the toes and not mushy.
 We are ready to move to the new barn that doesn't hold water!
 Here are some pictures of the worst one. Its wet looking because we were washing it out and repacking it.

 Hopefully we are on the mend..... 


Anonymous said...

That is reaaly nasty! When my account was cleaned out the bank gave me provisional credit for the amount while they were investigating. I was scared to use it in case it was not a proven theft, though...I did get the money back eventually, the WORST thing ever, next to that foot scald, that is!

Sounds like you are doing all you can with treatment and the wraps look good! I like "Hoof and Heel" in the white bottle. Boss uses Coppertox. Not sure how either would work on foot scald, but hoof and heel is very drying.

Short of that, scrounge some boards or rocks or anything to elevate them out of the muck, too bad you can't relocate the barn but since you are moving soon no point there. I think that is what I would try -get them on higher ground somehow. Good luck! Tree

small farm girl said...

It's so hard when you feel helpless. That's one of the reasons I sold my goats. We couldn't get another pasture for them done and they kept getting sore feet and worms. I figured I wasn't doing any good for them. I see you are starting to make a dent in their progress. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

We are wet here too, with a wet barn. Found some plastic pallets on craigslist that are taller than regular pallets, then used a salvaged lumber tarp on top, which hangs over all 4 sides. Gets them up out of the muck, and is easy to keep clean---just scrape off the tarp and haul out the old bedding. Put a couple out in the pasture, too, they like it there. Hope this is helpful to you!