Doeling's coat okay? Or deficient?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Kath G., Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Kath G.

    Kath G. Well-Known Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    Wisconsin
    Meet Miley, an October doeling. Her coat has been shedding lately and while she's mostly black, her back fur seems to be shedding out to all dark gray and all undercoat. It's a wooly texture. Maybe it's because of the bitter cold we had, changing to rather mild (mid-20's and low 30's) for the past two weeks, but maybe she's deficient in something? She eats loose mineral and kelp; I've mostly seen her at the Sweetlix Meatmaker (we offer several minerals and refresh daily).
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    Her dam had a bout with pneumonia this fall, which seemed to suck all the vitamins and minerals from her. Thus, I have Replamin Plus on hand... I'd consider giving this doeling a 1mL dose and treating her too.

    What do you think? Is this a normal coat texture? Unusual, but weather related? Is there a deficiency going on?
     

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  2. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    I don't see any obvious deficiencies in her. The very fluffy gray fur she is shedding is totally typical "winter fluff" (cashmere-ish). Her normal fur appears black and shiny and I don't see any weak pasterns, bent tail, fishtail, or rings around her eyes.

    If the majority of your herd usually requires supplementation above and beyond loose minerals then definitely keep an eye on her and likely start her on the same routine around 6 months old or so.

    She is very cute, is she a mini Nubian?
     
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  3. Kath G.

    Kath G. Well-Known Member

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    Jul 13, 2017
    Wisconsin
    Yes, she's a mini Nubian:) Thank you! We were very happy with how that pairing turned out.

    We give Copper boluses, I think due to our irony well water; other than that, her dam is why I purchased the Replamin Plus (still trying to help her recover).

    I just don't see that winter fluff on anyone but her; nobody else is shedding; and I'm probably a bit paranoid about minerals, so, thought I'd ask what others saw. Thanks for your input!
     
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  4. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Looks fine to me too.
     
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  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I see no issues.
    She is a cutie. :)
     
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  6. mariarose

    mariarose Well-Known Member

    I understand about being concerned about her with recent history.

    I don't see a problem here. Sometimes they are just a different child. If you do want to dose her for a few days with the Replamin, it absolutely won't hurt, and may be a confirmation in your mind one way, or t'other. I have soft woolies and wire hair coats in my (very mixed) herd that are not related to deficiencies.

    Also, goats REALLY change in the first few months of life.

    You are a very attentive goat owner.
     
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