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Old 04-08-2012, 03:46 AM   #1
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I have a doe, she has recently developed "dandruff" really bad all over her body.. it has came on suddenly.. but she has ALOT of dandruff, even with brushing.. and that seems to make more... any ideas? no one else here has this problem.. she is also very scratchy... could it be Lice?? and if so what do you suggest? she is in milk and i am using it to feed babies..



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Old 04-08-2012, 04:01 AM   #2
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How long has she been in milk?

I have 2 does here in milk, one is 8 weeks fresh, the other is 4 weeks fresh...both have dry flaky skin though they get good feed and minerals...I had been mixing Black Oil Sunflower Seeds into their grain ration up to 3 months ago but stopped and had to start adding it again, the added fat and Vit E is good for skin and because they are in milk, I think they need the extra to keep conditioned asd none of my dry does even get grain and they don't have a problem nor does my 6 week fresh doe who does get grain.



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Old 04-08-2012, 05:30 AM   #3
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if it is lice you should be able to see them or the eggs along the topline is the easiest spot. Part the hair and look for any evidence.

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Old 04-08-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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I have a doe who gets dry flaky skin. I make sure she gets enough copper and vitamin E,A,D, paste. That has helped. She also has a chronic runny nose and occasional cough. The vet says she has allergies. My vet suggested bathing her with a mild children's lice conditioner [not shampoo]. She said that some goats are extremely sensitive to lice and have a big reaction to just a few - so they are hard to find. I never did bathe her but the copper and vitamins have seemed to help.
She has some flaky dandruff now - I'm just giving her the vitamin paste because she is at day 146!

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Two of mine have horrid flakey skin right now. We did have lice a few weeks ago and today I re-treated them for it-although I don't "see" anymore.

I have been adding BOSS to the feed and all 6 of my others are fine..just the two. I have been using a topical conditioner called M-T-G (you buy it from horse supplies) it workes good--but it is a band-aid and does not "fix" the dry skin. I clipped both of mine that are like this so I can monitor the situation better (my buckling has been so itchy he has got tiny sores where he rubbed himself w/his horns!)

I have been wondering about putting some vegtable oil in the feed for these two. Did I read here that vegtable oil would work? If so does anyone know the dose?

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:32 AM   #6
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My feed has boss in it.. I do not see any lice, or eggs but Im not ruling it out.. because it could be that i just dont know what im looking for exactly.

would it hurt just to treat for the lice on a precautionary measure? and would it hurt the milk? as she is feeding babies?

and WHAT should I use to treat the lice?

Thanks so much for all the help

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Old 04-09-2012, 02:33 AM   #7
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and willow I will look into the copper vitamin paste.. thanks

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I have had alot of dry flaky skin on a doe and my buck lately. I had the vet look at it when he was out a couple of weeks ago. He said no lice just normal dry skin for this time of year. I just keep brushing and it is getting better. They are still losing alot of their undercoat along with it.

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I have one who is terrible! I shaved her and bathed her when we had a good warm spell and it seemed to help for a few days but now she is just naked and flakey She has been dusted/sprayed and injected with several rounds of ivermectin which didn't seem to help so I am thinking maybe a mineral thing...no lice on her, i thought maybe mites but its not really crusty, just real dry and flakey. She is out with about 10 other does and the only one having this issue. Gave her A&D, BoSe last week and ordering more copper since I ran out. Going to give her a little time to see if that helps before having the vet out. She is one of my mini nubians and has always been more "sensitive" than the nigies.

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It maybe just this time of year. All our does are shedding their winter coats and the flakiness will hopefully go away like it did last year.



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