Preventative Health for Kids

At Birth

  • Dip naval in dilute Betadine or Nolvasan (straight iodine is not recommended because it is very caustic)
  • Selenium-Vitamin E (BoSe) injection
  • Check IgG levels 12-24 hrs after birth in kids that are weak, sick or may not have received enough colostrum
  • C&D toxoid vaccination at birth and 3 weeks in herds where Clostridium perfringens is a problem or when bottle feeding orphan kids

1st Week

  • Dehorn/disbud
  • Castration
  • Tetanus antitoxin

4 Weeks

  • 8-way Clostridial vaccine or C,D and T vaccine
  • Deworm

8 Weeks

  • Booster Clostridial vaccine
  • Deworm

3 Months

  • Segregate sexes to prevent accidental pregnancies

Preventative Health for Adults


  • 8 way Clostridial or C,D & T vaccine
  • Fecal exam: We recommend deworming at least 4 times per year and bringing in fecal to determine how parasite prevention program is working
  • Trim feet as needed; Appointments can be made for lessons in foot care
  • Check for lice in winter months (December through March). Ivomec and flea shampoos are effective in killing lice
  • Provide high quality mineral supplement at year round

Does 2-4 Weeks Prior to Kidding

  • 8-way Clostridial or C,D&T vaccine
  • Deworm with Ivomec

These recommendations are general preventative health recommendations. Additional vaccinations (ex. Soremouth, resptiratory disease vaccines), deworming or other recommendations may be made depending on your herd situation. Please give us a call for consultation regarding a herd specific health program, establishing a CAE-free status and for dairy considerations.

Coccidiosis prevention: Coccidia are a parasite that can affect goat herds and cause illness and mortality in young goats. To help reduce the risk of coccidial infections, try reducing your pasture populations, minimize environmental stress and feed your goats in a feeder off the ground. If any goats have diarrhea, bring a fecal sample to Crater Animal Clinic for a fecal exam.