Featured Should Beginners Vaccinate Their Own Goats?

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by MellonFriend, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Active Member

    I have a few goat vets in the area, but I am wondering if it would be more cost effective, and easier to vaccinate my own goats? Now I have never given anything an injection so this would be a completely new experience. How hard is it for someone who has never done it? Would you recommend a first time goat owner vaccinate there own goats?
     
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  2. ShireRidgeFarm

    ShireRidgeFarm Active Member

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    Sep 24, 2015
    Northern WV
    That's how I learned! There are a lot of resources online to help you learn how to do it on your own.

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  3. capracreek

    capracreek Active Member

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    Apr 5, 2016
    Missouri
    Everyone has their FIRST time. If there is someone close who does their own vaccinations you can go watch them or have the come over and help you if you need it. And yes YOUTUBE who knew but it is there for sure.
     
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  4. billiejw89

    billiejw89 Well-Known Member

    I've always done it myself. I was so nervous at first, but now it's super easy. There are so many helpful videos on youtube. It saves a ton of money doing it yourself.
     
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  5. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator

    Get a vet out to show you. You then have a vet you can call and you learn how to do shots.
     
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  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    I agree, get someone knowledgeable to show you how, then you do the next goat while they are coaching you.
     
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  7. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Active Member

    That's great I was hoping it would be something I would be able to do by myself. I'm sure it's more cost effective than paying the vet to do it too.
     
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  8. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    California
    it is very simple to do! You for sure want to know how to give shots not just with vaccines but with antibiotics if they get sick. I'm not sure what all vaccines You plan to give but the CDT doesn't seem to bother them at all and is a good one to learn to give. Unless they are serious cry babies about it they should just stand there, that's way better then some antibiotics that sting like crazy. I also vaccinate for CL and the vaccine is thick and they don't like it one bit!
     
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  9. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Active Member

    I'm still doing my research on which ones I want to give.
     
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  10. groovyoldlady

    groovyoldlady Goat Crazy!

    Jul 21, 2011
    Central Maine
    If Middle Earth is anywhere near Maine you can roll on over here and I'll teach you. ;-) Actually, if a vet won't teach you (my vet LOVES teaching me stuff!) then there may be goat folks around you who would take you under being and teach you.

    Shots are not hard. My teens give them to the goats.
     
  11. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    Pinnacle, NC
    Watch some youtube videos and you should be good. Giving shots is way easier than it looks ;)
     
  12. darth

    darth Member

    I have always given my animals their injections. It's not difficult. The main problem is when the process is 'over thought' and you become nervous. Just plough ahead and do it. Probably helped that I was a nurse. Hmm! Don't want to steal your post but if I remember I will tell you a funny story about a husband, a kangaroo and a huge needle. I'm still laughing...he's not.
     
  13. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Active Member

    No, I wouldn't mind hearing your story. I've read a lot of your post and have enjoyed your tales from the bush.:D
     
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  14. capracreek

    capracreek Active Member

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    Apr 5, 2016
    Missouri
    Vaccines are given sub Q which is much easier for a beginner to learn. If you don't try you don't learn. At one time I could not even watch someone give shot!!!
     
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  15. Lstein

    Lstein Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2014
    North Dakota
    It can be a little difficult to do the first couple, but it get's very easy to do after awhile. I give mine CDT, Pneumonia, and CL. It is much cheaper to do it yourself, plus like mentioned, it's a good skill to know in emergencies.

    Some act like you're killing them, I had one try to bite me this year (first for everything I guess), and other's just stand there and take it.

    I agree, there's some very good Youtube videos on it.
     
  16. New-goat-mom

    New-goat-mom Active Member

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    May 21, 2017
    It's honestly so easy. The first time I ever gave a shot I was terrified. Now I do all the shots for family and friends on goats, cats, dogs, and even chickens. I used to do the rabies vaccines on all the stray cats my mom takes in but can't do those anymore. It's funny because I am the only person I know allergic to penicillin but i get called to do those, too. Lol
     
  17. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    We have faith in you, that you can do it.

    Me being a professional now, I do mess up on shots here and there. It doesn't help when you are all alone and have a goat tied up and squirming around, when you are trying to give that shot.
    I have needles bend, so I have to go get another one. Or prick myself with the needle, ouch. To going all the way through the skin. Drats~!

    I was really scared at first, it was my dear husband who was giving the shots for a long time. He said now is the time for you to learn, I said, no~! But I did, and yeah, I made mistakes going all the way through the skin and giving the ground it's first CD&T shot, LOL. I also poked my finger with the needle, Ouch again.

    Do know, as the needle is inserted under the goats skin, gently feel where the needle is in there. Be sure it is not all the way through the skin. Also pull back on the syringe and check for blood with any kind of shot, in the syringe, if you see blood, remove it and find another spot. Also when you pull back on the syringe if you are in there correctly, it will not be as easy pulling back onto it.
    If it is too easy, you are all the way through the skin.
    Here is a good link:
    https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/...=21f1676674bd9c170869aad3c3474a86&action=view
     
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  18. darth

    darth Member

    Well Mellonfriend, Kangaroos sometimes get bloat like goats and need vet care to alleviate the pain. Like all animals, injections are easy when they are really ill but as they start feeling better, it's harder to hold them and inject at the same time because they know what's about to happen and hop off. I had my husband holding our big guy, he stands behind the roo with his calves holding the roo's legs firmly together, then he holds each of his little arms in his hands and crosses them in front of the roo and then hunches over the top of him. They are very strong animals. I could just lift his tail off the ground a few inches and he's going nowhere but can't risk breaking a needle in him. I stood behind them both, with the injection ready to go into his rump, roo not hubby, and when hubby says go.. I inject. You only get one shot to get it right. I plunged the needle in on hubbies command only to see his face in the mirror in front of us. It was sheer pain and shock. In my panic to get it right I had stuck the needle through the skin on his calve and knowing I only had one go at this I decided to just keep going into the roo's rump.
     
  19. darth

    darth Member

    We have never spoken of that moment since. Mostly because I can't stop laughing and he gets all flustered because he can't work out if I did it deliberately. My first thought was "what if this can kill him". Got worried for a few seconds then thought "well at least I'll know not to give it to my pets again". He says I'm heartless.
     
  20. New-goat-mom

    New-goat-mom Active Member

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    May 21, 2017
    Oh Darth...I tried not to laugh. Really I did!