Vaccinations & Deworming for Goats and sheep
Sheep and goats need annual vaccinations in the spring to help them resist infection from several pathogenic organisms.
- C&D Toxoid Vaccination - For prevention of over eating disease caused by clostridium perfringens that multiply and produce deadly toxins in the digestive tract when there is an abrupt change in feed sources or quantities of feed fed (especially high energy rich feeds including grain supplements, legume hays or grass pastures). This vaccine can be obtained in a combination with tetanus toxoid.
- Tetanus Toxoid Vaccination - To prevent "lock jaw" caused by clostridium tetani introduced through cuts, puncture wounds or accidental shearing lacerations.
- Rabies Vaccination - To prevent rabies caused by bites from infected animals such as skunks, foxes, coyotes or bats.
- Abscess Vaccination - Abscesses occur under the skin of the head and neck primarily and can develop in external lymph nodes and internal organs. Caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculoses, puss from draining abscesses is contagious and vaccinations should be considered for animals going to fairs, shows, or auctions. This vaccine can be obtained in a combination with C & D toxoid and Tetanus toxoid.
- Most vaccines are given initially in a two dose regiment about 30 days apart. Young lambs and kids can have their first vaccinations at three months of age. All vaccines need to be boostered yearly. There are other vaccines that can be used to prevent specific problems such as abortion in ewes and does, and certain diarrheas in lambs and kids. You are invited to consult with a staff veterinarian about these vaccines to determine your need to use them.
Deworming Sheep and Goats
We advise periodic fecal sampling to determine the need to deworm sheep and goats. Many of the intestinal parasites are resistant to commonly used anthelmintics and using deworming drugs when it is not necessary encourages resistance to develop.
Fecal samples should be tested in the spring before pasture turn out, in mid summer and lastly in the fall when the grass is gone.
A staff veterinarian can help advise an appropriate deworming drugs after a fecal sample is tested.