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Possible hoof rot. Need advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies, Injuries, Diseases, and Cures' started by Hippie hollow, Jun 14, 2018.

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    Hippie hollow

    Hippie hollow Chillin' with the herd

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    My 4 1/2 year-old Boer goat has been limping last 1 1/2 days. She’s pretty calm and is not like my younger goats as far as jumping on things in running around like a nut So I know she didn’t hurt herself and I felt up and down her leg and her leg is fine. We’ve had about 15 inches of rain in the past three or four weeks which for this area can cause some problems. I’m suspecting hoof Rot. Unfortunately the first chance I have to get help With her is tomorrow afternoon. She’s usually OK with me messing with her but since she is in pain she’s being a little more difficult. She’s 140 pounds and I’m 100 pounds. I’ve never dealt with this before so I don’t even know where to start. Trying to research it and coming up with something different every time
     
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    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses True BYH Addict

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    I used to train my Boers to a collar....clip them to a fence...lift leg and trim hooves. You may need to make a chute if she isn't wanting to stand but It may just be that she needs a trim? could have a burr in the foot? Foot rot can be treated, not a death sentence.
     
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    Goat Whisperer

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    Check in between the toes also. They can get a little raw with all the wet weather.

    If possible, get some pics if you are still having trouble.
     
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    Alibo

    Alibo Loving the herd life

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    All the rain of course can lead to bad feet but please do not overlook fescue toxicity. It is something I deal with starting every spring until the end of fall. If you are on a fescue heavy pasture please look into it. On top of hoof rot and sore feet in general it can cause poor weight gain and looong tough pregnancies. Also every kid born on my pasture has lost their tail tip to necrosis. We are finally on a cattle fescue balancing mineral and starting to see improvements.
     
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    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    I know about fescue toxicity but have never heard of the above. Could you explain further? Pics if possible. This is very interesting and would definitely like to know more about this tail thing.
     
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    Hippie hollow

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    Yes I’ve been reading up on the ways to identify and treat it. I seem to get mixed results though. And I do fret over my goats more than I need to sometimes. She will still get up in the morning and hobble to her food but just kind of wants to lay around after that. In the afternoon when I let them out to hang out in the yard she will go out in forage with the others but takes a lot more rest then she did before and I can tell she’s definitely in pain. I just Want to make sure she will be OK till then. Is there anything I can give her for pain in the meantime and while she heals
     
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    Hippie hollow Chillin' with the herd

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    We have one area of heavy pasture but their usually not in the because they rather eat the brush and trees
     
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    Hippie hollow

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    I should be in a better service area soon and I will post some pictures. Unfortunately you can’t see much through the pictures because her hooves Have dirt on them from all this wet ground we’ve been having. Can’t tell you the last time it was dry where I live. I set up wooden walkways and things throughout the run but of course they don’t always use them and they’re only in the run half the day the other half there hang in throughout the property
     
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    Tail necrosis due to fescue endophyte is well known in the cattle industry.
    Other areas affected can be ear tips and of course the hoof.

    https://www.researchgate.net/public...rgot_alkaloid_poisoning_in_weaned_beef_calves

    https://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/ansci/beefreports/asl1766.pdf

    It's usually just the tail switch that rots off.

    The ergot trouble can come from several different plants too. Rye and Brome for instance.

    Current discussion on one of the cattle boards regarding this:

    https://cattletoday.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=115291
     
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    Wow! Thank you so much. This is very interesting. I skimmed the info but will go back and thoroughly read. I have a friend that is having some real "skin" issues. No vet can figure out what it is. Looks similar to some of the pics. I will forward this info perhaps there may be some answers.