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Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)

Experience in the area

Publisher of Goat Health Care, I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.


American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)


Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside


BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

What do you like about this subject?

I love the intelligence and curiosity of goats.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To continue to develop the Oberian (miniature Oberhasli) breed.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

If you don't have any BoSe on hand, you can break open a capsule of vitamin E and give orally to help a weak kid.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Goats can get Ovine Progressive Pneumonia virus (OPPV) (the sheep version of caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV). Goats also need much more copper than sheep, so if they share minerals, sheep may get copper toxicity or goats may become copper deficient.

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Recent Answers from Cheryl K. Smith

2017-03-02 Fainting goat runny nose:

It could be some other type of allergy, not seasonal. You can try giving some Benadryl syrup and see whether that does anything. I know people use that in goats for allergies. It may just be something

2017-02-05 goat with vaginal discharge:

I would wonder about another course of antibiotics. You can also give something like oxytetracycline (do you have that there?) in sterile water intravaginally.    Are her hooves okay? I also think more

2017-01-28 Goat Problems:

Aliyah,    I am not aware that this will work. Some of the non chemical dewormers work to help prevent parasites, but once they have an have to use the heavy stuff. Look at the bottom eye

2017-01-27 Goat Problems:

Has she had a fecal exam to see if she has worms. Between the bad hay and that, it could cause weight loss. Is she peeing and pooping normally? It sounds like you are doing everything right in terms of

2016-11-03 Goat acting in pain:

Have you run a CMT to look for subclinical mastitis? That is one possibility. Do you have banamine? Has she gotten worse or better since you wrote? Many people recommend just stopping with the milking


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