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Date:12/22/2014 10:28:55 AM
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Vaccinating your goats
Hello there,

It is not absolutely necessary that goats be vaccinated, although the way I see it, vaccinations are very cheap insurance against diseases which can be nearly impossible to treat. Like most other goat keepers, the only diseases I vaccinate my dairy goats for are Enterotoxemia and Tetanus, with a combo shot called CD/T. You can probably find it at your local feed store or Tractor Supply. I usually vaccinate my pregnant does about two weeks before they kid, that way the kids already have the immunity when they're born. I then vaccinate the kids themselves when they are one month old, and again three weeks later. They then only need a booster shot once a year.

You can also vaccinate for Rabies, but you'd most likely have to have your vet do that. I really don't feel that the rabies vaccine is necessary, but that depends on your location and how many wild animals you have around.

I give all of my newborn kids a 5cc injection of a product called Bovi Sera.
It's an antibody serum that helps boost the kid's immune system for those first couple vulnerable days.

Hope this helped!
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