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Let's see...I'm off today, as I need to pick up goat meds at my vet. He doesn't keep regular office hours anymore, so it's taken a bit to juggle both our schedules so we can meet. :sigh: Love the guy, but geez! At least I got a free day out of it!

After that, I'm running to a semi-local soaping store. I need some French Clay to attempt shaving soap, and a few more oils. It's cheaper to buy them in bulk than it is to buy them at the grocery store. Won't soap today, though, since my PVC mold is still in pieces. :grin:

Got my copy of "Goat Medicine" yesterday......I flipped thru it, and got sucked in. Let me say that if I had had a chance to flip thru it months ago, I'd have paid ANY price to get a copy. It's THAT good. It's not written for owners (but you can read and understand it), it's more of a veterinary text book. Fantastic! The section on Pinkeye is....wow. First you get an overview of the condition, then the vectors that can cause it, then the clinical signs, a diagnosis, and treatment. It won't make you a vet - BUT. In an area that is goat-vet poor (like....most of the US), it'll help you figure out what's going on, and help you help your vet in treatment.

Keratoconjunctivitis (Pinkeye :wink:) has 3 pages dedicated to it - I got lost, because I don't have the vocabulary, but I know more about it now than I ever wanted to. (Did you know it *can* be caused by worms? It can also be caused by bacteria, or viruses, or or or....:lol:)

I'm currently in the "Mammary Gland and Milk Production" chapter. I am glad I didn't have this book *before* buying goats, because the list of abnormalities of the udder is daunting. (They're rare, but....seeing them all listed is mind-boggling.) There's an entire chapter devoted to De-horning......and another on goat nutrition.

I'll be bringing this with me to the vet today, just so he can be assured that I'm not just guessing on what I need to do for my goats.

Seriously, if you have goats or are thinking about getting goats (not just dairy, but ESPECIALLY if you are going dairy) you need this book. Start saving, and look around. I got a deal...but honestly? This is one book I'd pay full price for. The Peter Dunn book is good, but it's a child's book compared to this.
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Date:May 18th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh boy...I know what I want now...
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Date:May 18th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Seriously - it's WORTH the price! My vet was impressed that I had it, even!
Date:May 18th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hol-ee Crow - that book is nearly 900 pages!
Right? Mary Smith and David Sherman?
Ha! my husband already says I don't get enough done around here!
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Date:May 18th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Yup - that's the one! It IS long, but it's set up in chapters - each chapter covering a different part of the goat. Optical, Digestive, Reproductive, etc.

It's definately not a sit-down-and-read-straight-thru book; it's more of a Oh-crap-what's-wrong-here-and-how-do-I-fix-it book. :grin: You *can* sit down and start reading, but it's dry going.

I can now diagnose mastitis! :lol:
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