Post by godivasgranny on Nov 22, 2009 22:22:49 GMT -5
I have been given 2 sweet 1 yr old goats. I was told they were alpine goats, but from what I have been able to research they are La Mancha goats because they have those tiny little ears.
In any event, I have noticed that they both have discharge coming from their ears. I picked it off and when I squeeze the little tiny ears they sound squishy. I am thinking ear infection. Is this a vet call or is it something that can be treated from home?
They don't act ill and don't seem overly sensitive. They are sweet and love attention, so pretty much whatever you do with them are ok, but they don't seem painful.
Also, from what I can see, La Manchas are prone to ear infection, but I can't find anything that says what can be done to prevent them.
Post by HarmonyHill on Nov 23, 2009 12:56:41 GMT -5
There is a product you can get from your vet (and feed stores as well I think) that cleans the ears of dogs. (EPI-Otic? and oti-soothe) It has a drying agent in it as well so you don't have left over moisture in the ear that could cause problems. I don't know if you could use this on goats, but I don't see any reason that you couldn't. I have used it on dogs with recurring ear infections due to yeast. You just squirt some in, massage the ear and then use a cotton ball to wipe out the excess. Anything remaining will dry out on it's own. I have no experience with ear infections in goats but you might hear something else from one of the others on GW soon! Good luck!
Post by godivasgranny on Dec 2, 2009 15:40:50 GMT -5
I ended up having the vet out. He told me that these goats indeed do have a tendency towards ear infection. He gave me some antibiotic cream to put in their ears and then to use it occasionally to prevent further infections.. though that I would share. I think I will just use the oticleans and save the antibiotics for actual infections Thanks for the responses.
So happy to hear that you have a vet who will support your goats. I do, too, but so many people don't have that resource to depend on. I'm glad he was able to diagnose and give you something to clear up their ears!
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