Hey, we have 2 goats a 5 month old saanen doe and a 6(?) month old nubian doe. they both seem in perfectly good health but we just noticed some bumps on the nubians ears. theres a bunch of small pointy little bumps around the edge of her ears, that you can feel on the inside and outside, then a bunch all clumped at the base of her ears, that you can only feel from the outside. she also has some on her face right behind her nose.
They dont seem to bother her, and the saanen has none. I wonder if its bugs, but would it be strange for them to be attacking her and the other? i also wonder if its goat pox? but most of the pictures i see of that look a bit mroe serious. theyre no pussing or exuding anything.
It has been quite wet weather this summer for virginia so i wonder if that may have anything to do with it as well
Thanks for any help yall have to offer, i appreciate it very much
this is my first post~ thanks ~Colin
Colin, I notice it has been a month since you posted, what has become of the bumps on your goats?
I am new to goat keeping, have a doe who produced 4 fine kids three weeks ago. I watch them closely, and read a lot of library books, and read the permies forums when I have time. I try to learn all I can.
It could be something called 'soremouth', which sheep and goats can easily get. It is contagious, and can get uncomfortable, but I've never seen it lethal. Here's a link to more info about it. It says it's not treated by antibiotics, but I have seen it successfully treated with a topical tetracycline spray, or with the use of a barrier cream on the lips & nose of the lambs and udders of the ewes.
Thanks links for the link on sore mouth. That doesn't look like any fun at all, not for anybody.
The site said it is viral, and to me it seems very similar to herpes.
And when you vaccinate your flock, you'll probably get it yourself if you live closely with your animals. Doesn't make me want to vaccinate! So far I'm without the condition, and I keep my flock isolated from other goats and sheep, and when I do bring new animals in, I guess it is one more thing to remember to ask about.
I just want to mention that lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a very effective anti viral. The essential oil is quite expensive, and I don't know much about applying the essential oil topically. Many essential oils have an effect similar to mild caustic, drying, making an eschar. If I wanted to have an anti viral salve on hand, I'd make an oil infusion of lemon balm, make a salve. Since I tend to get carried away, I would probably infuse the oil with at least two batches of the herb, if not three. Probably someone on line tells how they make lemon balm salve.
I may be losing my mind, but could have sworn I posted a reply to the original poster a while back....I even got an email notification today that there were new posts in the thread? Hmmmmm.
Anyway it sounds to me like mites.
We had a few goats with mites this past Spring. And around the edges of the ears was the worst affected areas. Rough, bumpy and a little bit of hair loss. All we did for treatment was spray with Vetericyn. You can use certain dewormers (ivermectin) as a drench as well.
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