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!!! My goat's ears look TERRIBLE!!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by kkm, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. kkm

    kkm In the Brooder

    Jul 11, 2008
    Shawnee, OK.
    Coming out of the winter, my Boar and some of my Spanish goat's ears just look awful. [​IMG] They are chapped and dry and look almost painful. [​IMG] I put vasoline on one of the tame ones, but can't really tell if it is doing any good. Is it just the weather or somethihg else? Anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions?? I'm not sure what to do. [​IMG]

  2. bheila

    bheila Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Could they have ear mites?
  3. SheriM

    SheriM Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Do you mean around the edges, or down inside. If it's along the edges, it's probably a touch of frostbite. The vaseline will help protect the ears, but it can be tough to make sure everyone's got a good coating all the time. The long eared breeds like the Boer and Nubians can also have a problem on the tips of their ears if they dip into the water when the animals drink. I'm not sure there's really much you can do, other than watch for severe cases and treat those. If anyone else has some suggestions, I'd love to hear them. My poor goaties have the same trouble every winter.

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