Deworming a goat without dewormers
figured I'd first try seeking further options. Initial item on the
agenda: refresh the mineral and kelp feeders...again. Artemesia's belly
has gotten so round that it's tough for her to stick her neck over the
edge of the mineral feeders, which I only realized when she started
asking me to hand feed her kelp after her daily meals. (Yes, of course I
complied.) Once she was able to easily reach inside again, she started
scarfing the stuff like it was candy.
While waiting to catch a fresh poop sample, I also ordered some copper boluses (the 2 gram version
since Artemesia isn't quite big enough to get the full-size-goat
pills). I could write for hours about the pros and cons of boluses, but
here's the cliff notes version:
Further perusal of the
internet, though, suggested that as long as those little wires go down
the gullet without too much chewing, they seem to stay in the rumen just
where they're supposed to, gun or no gun. Unfortunately, my method of
dipping the pill in molasses only succeeded in turning our goat a little
sweeter as she licked off the goop and then spat out the bolus. After a
trip to the store, we'll move on to the internet's low-tech solution
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