Pinkeye

We got a beautiful about 5 year old Alpine buck in the summer of 2004 that ended up getting a very severe case of pinkeye. Below you will find some pictures of his eyes and some info on how to deal with pinkeye. We are thankful to the goat breeders of a few goat message boards for the info they gave us. We have included that info below also. Non of our other goats ever got Pinkeye after him.

"Are you keeping him in a dark area?? He needs to stay out of the light. The light makes pink eye worse. First I would rinse his eyes with evaporated milk.This will help soothe the eyes. Then take 6 ccs of Penicillin and squirt directly in his eyes. Do this at least twice a day. More often if you have the time. I would also recommend putting a patch on the eyes to keep out all light. I'm afraid his eyes are too far gone but this should help. I would also squirt the Penn in the eyes of all goats that came in contact with him whether they show signs or not. You may have one that is a carrier. A carrier doesn't usually show any signs of pink eye but can sure spread it.

Yes, a few years ago I bought a buck that was healthy in every way except he was a pink eye carrier. Didn't know it till he was here 2 weeks and boy did it hit. Had pinkeye everywhere. I had the Vet here and he gave me antibiotics to give them. Well after a week the antibiotics weren't working at all. I got tired of spending all that money and wasn't working. Some of the cattle farmers around suggested putting Penn in their eyes. I did that as well as putting evaporated milk in their eyes and within 2 days they were all clear. I put the Penn in every goats eye on the place including the buck with no signs. This is my experience with pinkeye."

Peggy Roberts Pleasant-Cove Dairy Goats

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dairygoats@blomand.net

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"After trying everything, the best thing that worked was called "Scour Halt"* ... it can also be used for diarrhea! I remove the top of the bottle, and syringe some into a 6 cc syringe. Then I would put a few drops in each eye.

You MUST remember to clean each eye all around the eye and the face (not inside the eye) with LISTERINE doused paper towels. I actually take a coffee can with a lid, and pour the Listerine in the can. I then would tear up half sheets of paper towels and just drop them in the can. I take the can out to the pasture with me. With each goat, I would just remove one piece of the towel, squeeze it out lightly, then close each eye wiping all around the whole one side of the face. I had another can for the used ones; then I got another doused paper towel for the OTHER eye and the other side of the face. DO NOT USE THE SAME TOWEL on more than one eye!!!

Then, put in the Scour Halt* in each eye. I did this 2-3 times a day on each goat! If you give shots, you must do the eye cleaning at the same time you give shots, or neither will work.

*If you don't have Scour Halt, you can also use Biomycin200 or Teramycin Ointment.

Laurie Ann

www.CranburyBrookFarm.com

NewJerseyFarmer@aol.com

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"I would wait until his infection is all cleared up before breeding him with this doe. Are you putting something into his eyes 2-3x/day? Colloidal silver, eyebright, even a saline solution are helpful and help to get rid of the problem more quickly. I would make sure to give colloidal silver, eyebright, or an antibiotic tincture orally as well, to force the infection out of his eyes.

Often disease is caused by insufficient mineral/vitamin intake. If you aren't already, I would surely make sure to put out a high quality kelp (we prefer Thorvin as it is from clean waters in Iceland and is higher in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids than other brands like Acadian or Norweigan), along with a good trace mineral salt with copper in it (not the kind made for sheep as copper kills sheep, but goats need it), ACV in his grain or waterer.

Some supermarkets sell 25 lb. bags of carrots for about $4.99 which are good for the eyes as well. Nettles herb is also full of vitamin A.

Julie

Wolf Creek Ranch

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