Goat

Veterinary Services

Goat herds require regular medical care to maintain their health and productivity

Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants offers comprehensive preventative medicine, general medical care, critical care, and herd health management to goat production operations across Virginia and West Virginia.

Whether your farm focuses on milk, goat meat, or fiber production, maintaining a healthy and productive goat herd is an integral part of your livelihood.

Proper nutrition, preventative healthcare measures, and efficient breeding strategies are essential to maximizing your goat farm’s production outcomes. Our highly qualified large animal veterinary health professionals are experienced and up-to-date on evidence-based herd health management practices. We are dedicated to animal health and welfare to ensure the long-term success of your goat farm.

General Veterinary Care for Goats

From routine vaccinations and wellness checks to sick animal care, our highly trained large animal veterinary health professionals are here to help you maximize the quality of life and productivity of your goats.

Preventative veterinary care in goats involves implementing measures such as regular vaccinations, deworming, and parasite control to minimize the risk of diseases and infestations. It also includes routine health check-ups, proper nutrition management, and maintaining optimal living conditions to promote overall herd health and productivity.

Sick animal evaluations in goats involve thorough physical examinations to assess symptoms, identify potential causes of illness, and develop appropriate treatment plans. We may conduct diagnostic tests, such as bloodwork, fecal analysis, and imaging, to aid in the diagnosis and ensure accurate treatment for sick goats.

Respiratory diseases in goats, such as pneumonia, pasteurellosis, and enzootic pneumonia can cause significant health issues and economic losses. Treatment involves accurate veterinary diagnosis, antibiotic therapy for bacterial infections, supportive care, and vaccination against specific pathogens. Providing a clean and well-ventilated environment, proper nutrition, and implementing biosecurity measures are crucial. Consulting with a veterinarian is essential for appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies tailored to the specific respiratory disease situation on the farm. The treatment of respiratory diseases in goats typically involves a combination of antimicrobial therapy, supportive care, and management practices. This may include the administration of antibiotics or immune-boosting medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and fever, adequate ventilation and housing conditions, and addressing any underlying factors contributing to the disease, such as stress or overcrowding. Prompt veterinary intervention and proper treatment protocols are crucial in managing respiratory diseases and promoting recovery in affected goats.

Diarrheal diseases in goats are characterized by frequent and watery bowel movements, which can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and reduced growth rates. These diseases are often caused by viral, bacterial, or parasitic infections and require quick veterinary attention, proper fluid and electrolyte management, and targeted treatments to prevent further complications and promote recovery. The treatment of diarrheal diseases in goats typically involves a combination of supportive care, medications, and management practices. This may include fluid therapy to address dehydration, administration of antimicrobial agents or anti-parasitic medications based on the specific pathogen involved, and adjustments to diet and feeding practices to help the animal recover quickly and prevent further spread of the disease within the herd.

Vaccinations are crucial in preventing common diseases in herds. We work with producers to create individualized vaccination plans and administer regular vaccines to protect against respiratory infections, clostridial diseases, and reproductive diseases. Common vaccinations for goats include clostridial diseases, such as tetanus and enterotoxemia, as well as risk-based vaccines such as caseous lymphadenitis (CL), contagious ecthyma (Orf), and abortifacients like Campylobacter and Chlamydia.

Brucellosis is a contagious and infectious bacterial disease that can affect goats, leading to the loss of young through miscarriage or the birth of weak offspring and infertility. The disease spreads among animals through direct contact with infected blood, placentas, fetuses, or uterine secretions. Humans can contract brucellosis by consuming infected and raw animal products. Unfortunately, antibiotic treatment against the Brucella bacteria in infected cattle is not always feasible, effective, or economically viable for producers, which is why prevention is paramount to ensuring a healthy herd.

Rabies management in goats involves implementing preventive measures and responding quickly to suspected cases to protect both the affected animal and human handlers. Prevention includes vaccination of goats against rabies, maintaining proper fencing and biosecurity measures to minimize contact with potentially infected wildlife, and reporting any potential rabies cases to local veterinary authorities. In the event of a suspected case, strict isolation and quarantine protocols may be implemented, and euthanasia of affected animals might be necessary to prevent the spread of the disease. Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants’ prompt veterinary intervention and collaboration with public health agencies are vital for effective rabies management in goats. Any bite wounds from infected goats require serious evaluation due to the human lethality of the rabies virus and very limited treatment options early on in the course of the disease.

Tuberculosis testing in goats is a diagnostic procedure conducted to detect the presence of mycobacterium bovis or mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that can affect goats, as well as other animals and humans. The test typically involves the administration of a tuberculin skin test. We inject a small amount of tuberculin into the skin, usually on the neck or tail, and the site is examined for any reaction. If a positive reaction occurs, we may need further diagnostic tests, such as blood tests or imaging to confirm the presence of the disease. Tuberculosis testing is crucial for goat disease surveillance and control programs to prevent the spread of tuberculosis to other animals or human handlers.

We assess the potential poisoning or toxicity of substances and plants that your animals may have been exposed to or ingested. During a toxicity evaluation, we do a thorough workup of the clinical signs and symptoms exhibited by the affected goats, along with a detailed history of potential exposures. Diagnostic tests, such as blood work or tissue analysis, may be used to confirm the presence of toxins or identify the specific substances causing toxicity. Prompt veterinary intervention and supportive care are crucial to mitigate the effects of toxicity, minimize further exposure, and provide appropriate treatment to the affected goats. Preventive measures, such as proper pasture management and feed quality monitoring, are also essential to prevent future instances of toxicity.

Wound and injury exams in goats involve a careful evaluation of any cuts, lacerations, abrasions, or other types of injuries on the animal’s body. We assess the extent and severity of the wounds, looking for signs of infection, tissue damage, or underlying trauma. We may clean and dress the wounds, administer appropriate medications or antibiotics, and recommend necessary treatments, such as suturing or debridement, to promote healing and prevent complications. Wound and injury exams help ensure prompt and effective care for your goats while minimizing pain, reducing the risk of infection, and facilitating the recovery process. Early recognition and intervention are essential to prevent more invasive treatment procedures.

We thoroughly assess the animal’s bones, joints, and muscles to evaluate structural integrity, mobility, and overall musculoskeletal health. We also perform physical examinations, observing the gait, posture, and range of motion, while palpating joints and muscles to identify any abnormalities, signs of pain, or indications of musculoskeletal disorders. These routine exams help in detecting fractures, arthritis, lameness, or other musculoskeletal issues, enabling appropriate interventions, treatments, and management strategies to enhance your goats’ quality of life, mobility, and overall well-being.

Goat dental care also involves routine dental examinations to identify and address any dental issues promptly. Regular dental check-ups allow for the early detection and treatment of problems such as overgrown teeth, dental abscesses, or tooth fractures. In addition, proper nutrition, including a balanced diet with adequate roughage, helps maintain healthy teeth and prevent dental problems in goats.

Happy, healthy animals are key to a productive goat farming operation. We help manage pain by recognizing symptoms, alleviating discomfort, and controlling inflammation with a variety of medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, and local anesthetics. Strategies such as providing comfortable bedding, implementing proper handling and restraint techniques, and creating an environment that minimizes stress can contribute to pain management in goats. Regular assessment and monitoring of the animals’ well-being, along with prompt veterinary intervention, are essential for effective pain management, promoting their welfare and overall health.

Dehorning is the removal of horns or horn buds in goats. It is performed to minimize injuries to both animals and handlers, prevent damage to facilities, and reduce social dominance within a herd. Dehorning can be done using surgical techniques or early disbudding, which removes the horn buds before they develop fully. Disbudding should be done within the first two weeks of life to have the best results for complete horn growth cell removal.

Hoof trimming is a routine procedure for goats that involves trimming and shaping the hooves to maintain proper hoof health and prevent lameness. Using specialized tools and techniques, we can prevent overgrowth, correct hoof imbalances, and manage common hoof problems, promoting your goats’ overall well-being and mobility.

Routine health check-ups or herd health assessments allow us to evaluate the overall health and well-being of individual animals or the entire herd. These exams involve physical examinations, including assessing body condition, listening to the heart and lungs, checking for signs of disease or injury, evaluating reproductive health, and assessing vaccination and deworming status. Well exams help identify any potential health issues, implement preventative measures, and develop appropriate treatment plans to ensure the optimal health and productivity of your herd. Routine wellness exams are included in Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants’ herd health plans.

Proper nutritional management ensures that your goats receive a balanced and appropriate diet to meet their specific nutritional requirements. It includes providing the right balance of energy, protein, vitamins, minerals, and roughage for different stages of life, production goals, and environmental conditions. Nutritional management also entails assessing feed quality, formulating diets, implementing proper feeding practices, and monitoring body conditions to optimize growth, reproduction, milk production, and overall health. By providing a well-planned and tailored nutrition program, we help goat farmers support the health, productivity, and welfare of their herd.

We issue these health certificates to serve as proof that your goats have undergone a veterinary examination and are free from certain diseases or meet specific health requirements for transportation or sale. CVIs typically include the animal’s identification, health examination findings, vaccination history, and any test results conducted to ensure compliance with regulatory or destination-specific health standards. CVIs are also important for interstate or international movement of goats, assuring buyers, transporters, and regulatory authorities regarding the health and fitness of the animals.

Milking evaluations in goats involve assessing the milk production process and the health of the udder. During a milking evaluation, we examine multiple factors, including milk quality, udder health, teat condition, and milking efficiency. Our qualified veterinarians help dairy production operations optimize their milk production, detect milking abnormalities or infections, and implement necessary interventions or treatments.

Mastitis treatment in goats typically involves a multifaceted approach that includes both systemic and local therapies to combat the udder infection. It often includes administering antibiotics, implementing proper hygiene practices, applying topical treatments to the affected udder quarters, and addressing any underlying factors that may contribute to the development or persistence of mastitis. Prompt and appropriate treatment is crucial to control the infection, preserve udder health, and maintain the quality of milk production in goats.

Castration is the removal of the testicles in bucks. It is often performed to prevent unwanted breeding, reduce aggression, and improve meat quality. We typically perform castrations in bucks at a young age using various techniques, including both surgical and non-surgical methods. We ensure that your goats have appropriate pain medications, vaccinations, and antibiotics to ensure they are safe, happy, and eating.

Reproductive management is essential for maintaining a productive herd. Our veterinarians provide services such as artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, and treatment of reproductive disorders to maximize breeding success and optimize production.

At-home euthanasia in goats refers to the humane process of intentionally ending the life of a suffering or critically ill animal on the farm. We administer euthanasia drugs to ensure a painless and peaceful passing, carried out with respect for the welfare of the animal while providing a less stressful environment. At-home euthanasia allows farmers to minimize the suffering of their goats while also facilitating appropriate disposal or burial arrangements. Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants also provides captive bolt euthanasia, which is an AVMA-approved method of euthanasia that does not have any residues, streamlining the disposal process. Please make plans for your animal’s remains following local county ordinances for burial or composting, a private cremation service, or a state agricultural lab for necropsy and disposal.

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Once we establish a VCPR, we can carry out telehealth visits and online prescription management for your herd to expedite veterinary care when you need it.

Herd Health Services

Herd Health Plans for goat farming operations are comprehensive management strategies designed to promote and maintain the well-being of your entire herd.

Adopting a herd health plan prevents diseases, minimizes the occurrence of health issues, and optimizes the overall productivity and profitability of your herd. Our veterinarians operate via a monthly subscription service to optimize client-veterinary-patient relationships. As a monthly subscriber, you will receive an annual herd health evaluation, an individualized farm plan, telehealth consultations, emergency calls or referrals, prescription services, and the potential to be a featured local producer via Wellfarm Meats. By implementing a well-designed herd health plan, goat producers can enhance the overall health and productivity of their herd, reduce treatment costs, improve animal welfare, and ensure the production of safe and high-quality products. Regular review and adjustment of the plan based on herd-specific factors and emerging health issues are crucial to its success.

Both new and seasoned goat farmers alike can benefit from a farm walkthrough, during which we make recommendations to improve the health, comfort, and production of your herd while maximizing profits. Prime and Choice Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants herd health plan subscribers receive an annual or biannual herd check to ensure the overall health of their animals.

A balanced diet is essential for optimal goat health. Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants’ herd health plans may include recommendations for proper nutrition, including feeding strategies, dietary supplements, and access to clean and abundant water sources. The plan may also address specific nutritional needs during different stages of production, such as breeding, gestation, and lactation.

Vaccinations for goats play a vital role in preventing and controlling various diseases. goat vaccines are available for specific pathogens such as clostridial diseases, pasteurellosis, and other respiratory infections. Vaccination protocols are usually based on the age, health status, and risk factors of the animals. Effective parasite control is crucial for maintaining herd health. Regular deworming treatments and strategic grazing management are often included in the plan to prevent or minimize the impact of internal and external parasites, such as worms, ticks, and flies.

Reproductive health is vital for herd productivity. Your herd health plan may include protocols for estrus synchronization, artificial insemination, pregnancy diagnosis, and management of reproductive disorders. Through synchronizations, we aim to maximize breeding efficiency, minimize reproductive losses, and ensure the birth of healthy kids. Prime and Choice Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants herd health plan subscribers receive an annual or biannual herd health check to ensure the overall health of their animals.

Regular herd health checks and monitoring play a vital role in early disease detection and prompt intervention. The plan may outline procedures for regular physical examinations, diagnostic testing, and health record keeping to monitor individual animal health and track herd-level trends.

Biosecurity is crucial for preventing the introduction and spread of diseases within the herd. Herd health plans may include strategies such as quarantine protocols for newly introduced animals, visitor and equipment hygiene protocols, and biocontainment measures to minimize disease transmission. Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants can help you evaluate and address biosecurity risks with a well-designed herd health plan tailored to your operation.

Herd Health Plan Subscriptions

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Critical Care Services for Goats

Emergencies happen. Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants’ trained farm veterinary health professionals respond to acute medical ailments while maximizing care and comfort for your animals so they are happy, healthy, and productive.

Dystocia in goats, also known as difficult or prolonged labor, occurs when a goat experiences challenges or delays in delivering her kid. It can be caused by factors such as fetal malposition, inadequate uterine contractions, or the kid being too large for smooth delivery. Veterinary intervention, which may include manual assistance or, in severe cases, a cesarean section, is crucial to ensure the health and survival of both the doe and the kid.

Hernia repair in goats involves surgical correction of a hernia, which is an abnormal protrusion of an organ or tissue through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. The procedure typically involves making an incision near the hernia, returning the herniated tissue to its proper position, and reinforcing the weakened area with sutures or mesh. Proper post-operative care, including pain management and monitoring for complications, is essential for successful hernia repair in cattle, ensuring that your goats are healthy, happy, and productive.

Goats may occasionally suffer from bone fractures, joint problems, or other musculoskeletal conditions. Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants offers in-field fracture repairs for some bones and can manage mild- to – moderate musculoskeletal issues. Orthopedic surgeries, such as fracture repair or joint arthroscopy, may be performed to correct these issues and improve the animal’s mobility and comfort. If an animal requires orthopedic surgery, then we’ll refer them to a tertiary referral hospital for further care.

Cesarean sections are surgical procedures performed to deliver kids when natural birth is not possible or poses a risk to the doe or kid’s health. These procedures involve making an incision in the goat’s abdomen and uterus to safely remove the kid.

Urolithiasis management in goats involves strategies to prevent, diagnose, and treat urinary tract stone formation. This includes implementing dietary adjustments to promote a balanced mineral intake, providing ample water supply, and, in severe cases, utilizing surgical intervention or medical treatments to remove or dissolve the uroliths and alleviate urinary blockages.

Rumenotomy is a surgical procedure performed on goats with certain digestive disorders, such as hardware disease or the ingestion of foreign bodies. It involves opening the rumen, the largest compartment of the goat’s stomach, to remove or treat the obstruction.

These surgeries may involve procedures such as teat amputation or reconstruction, aiming to correct deformities, remove tumors or abscesses, or repair damaged teat tissue to ensure proper milk flow and udder health in the affected goats.

Laceration repairs in goats involve the surgical closure of wounds or cuts in the skin and underlying tissues. These procedures typically include cleaning the wound, removing debris, suturing the edges of the laceration together, and applying appropriate dressings to promote healing and prevent infection.

In some cases, we must surgically remove a limb or a portion of a limb due to severe injury, infection, or a debilitating condition. Amputation procedures involve making precise incisions, ligating blood vessels and nerves, and ensuring proper wound closure to promote healing and provide the affected animal with the best possible quality of life.

Enucleation surgery in goats is a procedure performed to remove the entire eyeball, typically due to severe injury, infection, or tumor. The surgery involves making an incision around the eye, dissecting the ocular structures, and carefully removing the eyeball, followed by wound closure to promote healing.

Be Prepared With Emergency Referral Coverage

Emergency medical situations are unpredictable, stressful, and imminent. It is imperative to have a relationship with a veterinarian before an emergency event so that the appropriate triage and referral can be made in your animal’s best interest. All Wellfarm Veterinary Consultants clients have emergency options so that you are not on your own when emergencies occur.