After 7+ years of breeding and showing goats, our herd in the midst of our first sore mouth outbreak. We are devastated. I have done research on it and talked with our vet. I still have a question.
I understand that the scabs are very contagious and that goats that have had it probably will not get it again but remain carriers correct?
So, is it only the scab phase that is contagious ? or if the goat's scabs are completely gone and healed are they still contagious and able to transmit it to a new barn (and the animals in it) if sold? Talking about meat goat kids that will be terminal, not breeding stock.
I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner to respond...started a new job and working more so I just haven't been able to check in as often.
Sore mouth is contagious to other species, as well as goats. So...if you have any cuts or sores, it is my understanding that you can also be affected.
I would have to do a bit of research, but I believe it is only contagious when there are sores present. Let me see if I can find some articles that I know are from reputable sources that may answer some of your questions.
First deep breath, it is not as bad as it seems. I wish someone would have told me this when I first got it in my herd. I freaked out! But after the first round I learned sore mouth is the least of my worries out there. The scabs are super contagious and can live for a LONG time. I tried to keep the ones with sore mouth separate from the others but it honestly did no good so I just stopped trying. Once a goat has sore mouth they will not get it again, if they do happen to get it again it’s a very mild case. But most likely every new crop of kids will get a out break. Mine always happened during the summer when it got hot. The thing to watch for is to make sure that kids are eating (I never had one starve to death like many sites claim can happen) and watch for secondary infection. I had that happen with two older does. It seems the older the animal the harder they take it but again never lost a single one. So spreading. Most likely you now have or soon will have scabs all over the place. Remember that is how it is spread. If you sell a animal as long as they don’t have a out break or somehow a scab stuck to them they will not spread it. I sell to a gal that has never had sore mouth and every year she buys 2-3 does from me and she still has never had it. Now what I have started to do is vaccinate them. With the vaccine you are not stopping them from getting a out break but picking when and where on the body they will have it. So instead of the mouth, where it can cause kids to eat less because it HURTS, mine get it on the inside of their front leg. This is my third year using it and I am very pleased with it! Kids still eat like little pigs and gain weight well and no one has a out break when they are ready to go to their new home. As much as I find it more of a pain in the behind then anything I still don’t want to be the winch that blessed someone else with it. If you do want to use the vaccine, 1. It is a live virus and if you actually have something else going on you will have sore mouth after using it. 2. Sore mouth is contagious and so is the vaccine so wear gloves. 3. I have a handy little trick on giving it. When you get the vaccine it comes with a little pick tool with a brush on one side. What that is for is to use the pick to scratch the skin and then dip the brush and rub the vaccine in. I toss that tool lol I get a 12cc syringe, mix the vaccine and draw it up and then cut the tip of the needle off so it’s blunt. Then I use the needle to scratch the skin, let a drop of the vaccine out on the scratch and then rub it in with my gloves on. It is so much easier to do especially when your going at it solo because your helpers are small children.