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Do You Vaccinate?

Discussion in 'Organic Husbandry - Goats' started by holliroewe, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. Jan 20, 2012
    holliroewe

    holliroewe Exploring the pasture

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    Do you vaccinate your goats? And if so which are "necsessary"? I just purchased 2 nubians due to have kids in March. I want to make sure everyone is healthy without compromising our natural living/farming ways.

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. Jan 20, 2012
    20kidsonhill

    20kidsonhill True BYH Addict

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    CD T vaccine is most common for overeating disease and tetnus. this is the only one we are doing at this time.

    AnOther common one is pnuemonia vaccine, but we have never used it.
     
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    holliroewe

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    Thank you :)
     
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    aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie The Shepherd

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    I absolutely vaccinate. It's cheap insurance against disease, and you can vaccinate and be certified organic. Not vaccinating for the sake of being "natural" is a risk I'm not willing to take.
     
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    holliroewe

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    I think thats a healthy balance. :) I vacvinate my human kids....but do they eat organic? You betcha! Thanks for your take on this!
     
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    Chirpy

    Chirpy Loving the herd life

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    I know that there are different circumstances in different parts of the country (wetter weather, heavier worm loads for infection, etc.) - not having those issues here I don't vaccinate at all. I am also of the mindset to not use medication on my animals unless it's "needed". If they were to get sick I wouldn't hesitate to do whatever was necessary to help them.

    I do know that it is very important to keep your pens clean and your animals well cared for to prevent stress on them which can cause health issues.

    I do agree that giving the CD&T would be one to give if you are debating it. I do give it to my llamas but feel that they are more 'prone' to that than goats.
     
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  7. Jan 21, 2012
    jodief100

    jodief100 True BYH Addict

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    Tetanus is everywhere. It is also a horrible way for an animal to die. I would never even consider not giving my goats at least the CD&T. Not criticizing Chirpy, everyone needs to do what they feel is best.
     
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  8. Jan 21, 2012
    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    If you have ever watched an animal die from tetanus or entero, then you would not hesitate to vaccinate. They are horrible deaths. I only vaccinate with CD&T.
     
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    quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Ridin' The Range

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    I have mixed feelings about vaccinating, but it's only because I've read about some goats getting terrible abscesses at the injection site. Thoughts?
     
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    ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Alpaca Master

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    The abscesses really aren't a big deal. Part of it is giving the shot correctly. Part of it can be the brand of CD&T that you use. The abscesses really don't compare to an animal getting one of the diseases.
     
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