Living HOMEGROWN: Goat Adventures -- Bottle Jaw?

| 9/14/2011 2:29:53 PM


 Rachel Dog Island Farm

Rachel, Dog Island Farm

My friends in college used to call me a Renaissance woman. I was always doing something crafty, creative, or utilitarian. I still am. My focus these days, instead of arts and crafts, has been farming as much of my urban quarter acre as humanly possible. With my husband, we run Dog Island Farm in the SF Bay Area. We raise chickens, goats, rabbits, dogs, cats, and a kid. We’re always keeping busy. If I’m not out in the yard I’m in the kitchen making something from scratch. Homemade always tastes better! 

 Bottle Jaw 

This is a goat with bottle jaw. It's caused by anemic edema caused by a heavy parasite load - particularly Barberpole worms. Usually the swelling is less in the morning, increasing during the day but it doesn't go away until the animal has been successfully treated. Without treatment the goat will eventually succumb to the infestation and die. Proper treatment includes using an appropriate dewormer and long term B12 injections and iron supplements. Of course run a fecal test before starting any treatment so you know what you're up against.

Imagine my surprise last Friday morning when we walked into the barn to do our daily milking to find Daisy's head completely swollen - especially right under her chin. I knew I was going to have to call the vet. Every time I call they want the goat's temp so we took it. 105.3. A goat's normal temperature is 102.5-104 depending on their surroundings. She was running a fever.

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