goat just chewed copper bolus capsule, now what?

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by farm mom, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. farm mom

    farm mom New Member

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    So, we were bolusing the goats for the first time. First goat didn't go so well. I didn't get the balling gun down the throat enough and she ended up chewing the capsule. Now what do I do? This is one of the goats who was really showing signs of copper deficiency too. (Just an FYI, my husband and I talked strategy and the rest went much better)
     
  2. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    I give them another 1/2 amount if I think it didn't go down.
     

  3. old dominion

    old dominion New Member

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    Some people will tell you never let the goat chew the bolus. Most of mine chew it because I can't seem to get it right. Chewing will not hurt them. I agree with Sondra, just give them some more. I tend to dose on the high side with no problems.

    Jolene
     
  4. farm mom

    farm mom New Member

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    Thanks I will do that. I know she ingested and swallowed but she definitely did a lot of chewing which I am sure crushed many of the rods.
     
  5. Odeon

    Odeon New Member

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    The issue with the rods, is they need to imbed into the folds of the Rumen and then disolve slowly over time. If they chew them, more of the rods pass through the system, and you don't get the full benefit.

    JMO... Ken