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One of my does started walking on her knees while on pasture about 9 days ago. Her hooves were slightly overgrown, so I trimmed them. She started walking better, then went back to kneeling again sometimes. I have been soaking her hooves in cold water morning and night since she first started kneeling. Wednesday I noticed the coronary band on all 4 of her hooves was swollen. There seems to be some warmth around the coronary band and in-between the hooves. I read that sometimes abscesses will cause the coronary band to swell. How likely is it that she could have abscesses on all four hooves? Could this be founder? In my experiences the whole hoof seems to swell when it is founder (not just the coronary band). I plan on giving her some banamine in the morning, and will start to use Green Gel Liniment as a poultice. Will an antibiotic be beneficial?

Suggestions? All help welcome!

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Seems to me that soaking in plain water will make hoofs worse. Epson salts just like you would for your feet would be better. Zinc sulfate or copper sulfate is used as a drying agent for hoofs. Use it as a foot soak
Is there a really bad smell to the hoofs, like something dead? If so squirt some LA 200 between toes and around coronary band. If you don't have that, Dr. Naylor's Hoof and Heel will help the scald.
 

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It looks like founder to me. I had one founder and her front hooves looked like this. Founder doesn't usually effect the back hooves that I know of?? But the way her hooves are "tall" and the swelling..very much what my doe dealt with.
 

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What's her diet like? On pasture? Body condition?
She gets 3 lbs of grain a day...she usually doesn't eat it all. She just kidded twins, and wasn't very healthy afterwards. She weighs 142 lbs. My goats' pasture is so short it's almost like a dry lot right now. I have been letting them onto an un-fenced pasture for a few hours every other day or so. I was giving a bale of hay everyday, but just ran out.
 
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