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Hi All!

Came across this this awesome forum! We have a small herd of Boer cross goats and started our adventure into goats 2 years ago, so we're learning as we go.... We have 3 does that are packing a leg, they defiantly do not have hoof rot and we trimmed their feet recently. They are about 3 years old and i think the issue is in the hoof area but there's no swelling or heat. They've been sore a few months now. Is there a medication or treatment that could help?
 

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I'm not sure what you mean by packing a leg.

Any swollen joints? Any missing hair? Have you tried trimming the hair around the hoof to get a better look? Any bad looking skin? Do you copper bolus? Do you have a good loose goat mineral out for them? Do you give BoSe shots (selenium)?
 

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Sorry-correction to my "packing a leg" comment, they walk on the foot but don't put a lot of weight on it or if they are standing still they lift that foot up.
 

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What is copper bolus? Yes they given loose mineral with copper but we have not given BoSe shots. Should we be including that in our management program?
 

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back leg? front leg? Do you put out loose goat minerals for your goats?

What are they crossed with? dairy in them?

have you tried a hoof treatment on them like Koppertox between their toes, especially. has it been really wet in your area or in their pen/ feeding area?

Give the a lot of corn?
 

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be careful with some of those extra mineral supplements with out talking to a good goat vet in your area. I think you would benefit from a herd health check, since you all are fairly new to goats. One visit from your vet to look at the farm and the goat herd can go a long ways.

CAE comes to mind if the goats have dairy in them.
hoof scald comes to mind if it has been wet in your area
founder also comes to mind, but normally their hoof would be misshaped looking and have a lot of growth on their hoof.
then I would consider a mineral deficiency, but if you are using a loose goat mineral already that would be down on my list of options.
 
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