Goats & Sheep

Out in the field but still part of the family.

Small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, are entertaining and unique pets. Although our hospital does not do farm calls, we are glad to see these patients at our hospital. You’ll just have to haul them in.

Our goal is to provide basic knowledge and care in order to educate the client on raising and having sheep and goats as pets.

All Services

Some of the services we provide for our cud-chewing friends are:

  • Vaccines
  • Deworming
  • Hoof trimming
  • Nutritional information
  • Castration on males under 1 year of age
  • Medical treatment and hospitalization

FAQ

Young ruminants should be vaccinated at 3 months of age and have a booster within 2 – 4 weeks. Adult animals should be vaccinated yearly.

Deworming should occur at least twice a year; spring and fall, due to the worm burden being high in the field at these times.

Hooves should be trimmed every 6 – 8 weeks depending on the surface where they spend most of their time.

Goats are indiscriminant eaters, so keep rhododendrons, azaleas and any flowering ornamental plants out of their grazing area. Goats also have daily nutritional requirements. Field/pasture grazing only is not enough to keep them healthy.

Products

Although we do not sell specific products designed for these types of pets, our doctors can guide you with their knowledge of what is safe to use. We can also provide appropriate medications and treatments for their smaller size.