Rain Scald

21 May

I’ve said before that I swear my goats think I need to learn everything any human could possibly need to know about goats.  I really wish they would quit that.  They seem to be really pushing me this spring.

I noticed that Muffin and her daughter Jelly have a couple of patches where they seem to be losing their fur.

Rain Scald

It’s scaly and sore and itches.  Poor Jelly was rubbing her belly all over the cool dirt bank when she was in pasture yesterday.

Rain Scald

I’ve also seen a few more of the goats with these patches.  It’s primarily on the back legs and flanks and underbelly.

Rain Scald

It’s rain scald.  This comes from getting wet and picking up a bacteria (I’m hating those little buggers; don’t remind me that most are harmless or beneficial right now because I don’t care).

Lily Rain Scald

They are getting penicillin, and it should go away.  Muffin (and I) certainly hopes it’s all gone before her kids arrive.  It is contagious, and I’d hate for the babies to get it while nursing.  Muffin just thinks it would be horribly uncomfortable to have kids nursing with that rash.

Rain Scald

I have to agree with her.

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I’m usually not big on antibiotics.  I try to give them only when necessary, but this year they are my saving grace.  Sharing with Alphabe-Thursday where we are starting a new round.  A is for antibiotics.

33 Responses to “Rain Scald”

  1. Jeanne May 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Oh crud! Oh, right! That’s what they have, isn’t it! I’m so sorry for your sweet goaties! Will be hoping and praying that the antibiotics work quickly. That looks really miserable. 😦

  2. TexWisGirl May 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    my gosh. it just doesn’t quit…

    • Teresa May 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      This year, it really doesn’t seem to. I’m ready for it to get better.

  3. Coloring Outside the Lines May 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Wow-you are going to be a walking goat encyclopedia before it’s over!

  4. Jenny Matlock May 21, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    It just looks so uncomfortable, doesn’t it?

    I’m with you on antiobiotics! Sometimes they’re just necessary.

    I hope this round of Alphabe-Thursday brings a round of new hope and things looking up for you!

    Hugs and thanks for linking.


    • Teresa May 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Thanks, Jenny. I hope this round sees much improvement in health for you as well!

  5. artmusedog May 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Oh no ~ what a year you have had ~ sending you lots of distant reiki healing hugs for you and your beautiful ‘kids’ ~ great choice for A ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

    • Teresa May 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank you. We do appreciate it. ❤

  6. Rocky Mountain Woman May 21, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I’m not big on antibiotics either, but they do have their place and I would agree this is a good use of them…

    poor Muffin…

    • Teresa May 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

      I hope it doesn’t take long to help them feel better.

  7. splendidlittlestars May 21, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    ooo.. poor goats!
    I try to avoid antibiotics but sometimes it’s just not possible.
    Here’s to healing!

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 6:29 am #

      I am all for healing!

  8. jesh stg May 22, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    Between a rock and a hard place … it seems you need to use those A’s!

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      Sometimes, that’s the only thing that will help.

  9. Erika May 22, 2014 at 1:17 am #

    Sorry Teresa, it looks itchy too. Hope it clears up fast, poor things. And you too it has been a lot.

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 6:30 am #

      I’m not sure how long it will take, but hopefully, they start feeling better quickly.

  10. Cris May 22, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    We should all try to stay away from antibiotics. Unfortunatly they`re sometimes necesary 😦

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 6:31 am #

      I hardly ever give antibiotics, but this spring they have really been way more necessary than I like.

  11. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise May 22, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Poor babies — hopefully the penicillin right away, wonder drug that it is.

    • Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise May 22, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Well, good grief, I left a whole phrase out….
      “… the penicillin will cure it right away” was what I meant 🙂

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      When necessary, those antibiotics are wonderful!

  12. Gattina May 22, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Poor things, that must be awful when it itches so much ! Hope that penicillin helps quickly !

  13. fredamans May 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Sounds like allergies.

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      It’s a bacterial infection, but it does present similar to allergies; however, with the rainy weather and several of my older ones having it for the first time, it would be unlikely for it to be allergies.

  14. Pat May 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Oh, no! This year has certainly brought you many challenges.

    • Teresa May 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      They do seem to be trying to get several years of lessons into this one season. 😛

  15. Nora May 23, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    All good wishes from over the Atlantic to all yr kids!

  16. pattisj June 15, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    They are taking you to school this year. Hope they’re all better by now.

    • Teresa June 15, 2014 at 9:22 am #

      They are doing much better!

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