How much penicillin for a goat?

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  1. thinkyesi

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    I have a 60 pound Nigerian doe that had to have a C-section 2 weeks ago. She just got her stitches out but there's an infection so I have to pump and drain out the pus. I was told to give her penicillin injections IM. How many CC's should I give her? She's 60 pounds.
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  2. CatWhisperer

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    Can’t you ask whoever did the section? Asking a veterinarian would get you the best answer
     
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    The vet that did her surgery is out of town. And I can't get a hold a her.
     
  4. cassie

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    First of all, all give the penicillin under the skin NOT in the muscle. That is not just my idea. I was told to do that by the goat vets at UC Davis and the ones at WSU. That way you are far less likely to get it in a vein or hit and injure a nerve. I would give her at least five or six cc's of penicillin subq. As I remember I gave 10 cc's to a full sized dairy goat so I think 5 cc's would be about right for your Nigerian. Unlike many drugs, it is hard to overdose on penicillin.
     
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    0BCCB397-A99A-441F-A773-5F8128DAD3E1.jpeg For a goat use the sheep (Sh) dose.
     
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    Thanks for the information, the vet told me to give it IM, but I feel while lot more comfortable not too, since I don't wanna hit her vein. Thank you!
     
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    Thank you very much!
     
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    You must give it IM, it wont be absorbed from under the skin. Did she not tell you where to give it? Once the needle is in muscle suck back a little before injecting to check for blood
     
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    Are you saying that the goat vets at the University of California at Davis, the goat vets at Washington State University, and the Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners don't know what they are talking about? All of them will tell you (at least they told me) that IM medications for goats should be given subq no matter what the label says. For the record I talked to the university goat vets in person and I have attended several seminars given by the Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and they all said the same thing. Not all vets belong to the Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and that may account for the difference of opinion.
     
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    OMG! Don’t get your panties in a wad. I am a veterinarian and I advised her to follow her own veterinarian’s recommendation. Nobody else had stepped up to help her yet.
     
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