I’ve had a lot of readers ask me how I treat my goats when they get sick. Well, first of all, they really don’t get sick. We feed them fresh water, minerals, and try to keep them on a mostly grass fed diet to maintain their health. We also give them plenty of room to forage and this helps keep them disease-free. Geez, if only humans were that simple!
One thing that we do differently than other goat owners is that we de-worm our goats with herbs. Some people will go to the feed store and purchase a medicine like Ivermectin, but the problem with using a drug like this is that not only do you kill the bad parasites, you also kill a lot of the good bacteria in their rumen & digestive tract…
When you feed a goat, you are really feeding the bacteria in the rumen. The good bacteria helps ferment the roughage and the goat will repeatedly spit up the “cud” and chew and swallow again to break down it’s food even more. This process is VERY important to the health and vitality of a goat. When you give a goat a de-wormer drug like Ivermectin or even an anti-biotic, you run the risk of killing off all that good bacteria. Good bacteria = healthy goat. Another con is that when you administer Ivermectin, you must throw out the milk for about 2 weeks to prevent yourself from getting drug-laced milk. Eeek. Have you ever thought about using your animal droppings for fertilizer? Think again if you are using Ivermectin. The drug will remain active even after it is passed and kill the beneficial microbes in your garden.
When you de-worm naturally with herbs, you can still drink the milk & more importantly your animal is much healthier in the long run! Here is where I buy my animal de-wormer, and it lasts forever!
We encountered another need for an herbal remedy when our poor goat Lacey, got impregnanted by a sheep! Uh oh. We had her ultrasounded and found out the baby –yes it’s called a geep–died. It’s a pretty sticky situation when the fetus dies as most animals will have a hard time aborting by themselves and modern medicine really isn’t that successful. I was told even if I tried to induce labor with oxytocin, she might die anyway in labor or with a post partum infection. We were so lucky to come in contact with Kat at Fir Meadow! She advised that I use the herbal blend CyclEase to bring her body into labor. After that, we administered Ewe-ter-N as soon as Lacey went into labor to produce an efficient birth and afterbirth expulsion. It also provides additional nourishment after a hard birth. And although many people told me Lacey would probably die, Fir Meadow’s herbs totally worked!
If you own ANY animals, you should head over to Fir Meadow and check out all they have to offer! Kat’s herbal remedies are used for farm animals to exotics to reptiles to bees!! Kat recently wrote an amazing book about the use of herbs for ALL animals.
Kat obtained her Master of Herbology from the internationally acclaimed School of Natural Healing. She is also a Certified Reflexologist, a Diplomate of Holistic Iridology from the highly respected International College of Iridology, a Certified Equine Iridology Technician, and has International Certification in Aromatherapy from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy.
This girl knows her stuff! And guess what?
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