Goat Talk with the Goat Doc
By Cara Shepard
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Dr Cara Sammons-Shepard, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in Maine and New Hampshire, and when on the road, the majority of her patients are goats. She and her husband have owned and operated a commercial farmstead creamery since 2009. In this podcast, Dr Shepard discusses different topics related to goat medicine and husbandry.
||Clean16 - Meningeal Worm||Brain worm! Parelaphostrongylus tenuis aka meningeal worm aka brain worm is a problem for small ruminants, camelids and cervids in areas where there is a white tailed deer population. These weird worms do not have negative effects on their normal definitive hosts, white tailed deer, but when they get lost trying to complete their lifecycles in other species, they cause issues. In this episode, I talk about what P teuis does, why it causes issues, what the issues look like, how I tend to treat clinical cases, and what can be done for prevention.||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15 - Tales from the Road Vol 2||Recording this story to remember to include it when I write a memoir or something someday. The story of delivering a bunch of my does to western PA.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14 - Listener Q - Establishing a New Herd||I love it when people think carefully about what they are doing before they purchase and take responsibility for any type of animal. In this episode, I discuss a listener email with questions about what to think about when establishing a new goat herd. I go off on some tangents about how I got into the goat world, some analogies to dogs and puppies, priorities and pros and cons of different ways to get goats and what to look for.||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13 - ARTs (Advanced Reproductive Techniques)||I finally finished my breeding plan! To celebrate, I spend an hour in my truck talking about Advanced Reproductive Techniques (mostly AI) in small ruminants (but mostly goats.) This episode builds on what I talked about in the last episode about the hormonal influences of normal goat reproductive cycles and how we use that to build a better goat via ARTs (advanced reproductive techniques) including Artificial Insemination (AI), and a little bit about ET (Embryo Transfer), what are considerations for AI, why AI breeding is somewhat more challenging than live cover, and what my own process is for AI in my herd, and some other stuff thrown in there as well.||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12 - Breeding Basics & Reproductive Physiology||It's that time of year when I'm just waiting to wake up to the sounds of hormonal does screaming outside my window. In this episode, I talk about basics of the goat estrus cycle, timing and breeding, and quite a bit about the hormones and physiology that's going on with the whole thing. And I get on a soap box for a minute to talk about thinking about why we do all this breeding goats stuff in the first place.||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11 - Vaccinations||Vaccines are designed to prevent disease, so what preventative vaccinations should your goats have? Which vaccines should all goats have and which ones should only some goats have and why? Core vaccines and risk based vaccines- what is that about, which are which, who should get vaccinated and when and why? So much conflicting information is out in the world about all kinds of vaccinations, so I'm going to try to break down what we can do for our goats in this episode!||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 - Castration||Sometimes those testicles have to come off. In this episode (which is, in fact, Episode 10, even though my brain to mouth connection misfired and said 7...), I'm going to discuss the different methods for castrating small ruminants, focusing on goats, what age you should think about castrating, how your vet can help make this a less unpleasant endeavor for everyone, and some other considerations related to the topic.||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9 - Goat Skin||Goat skin is different from goatskin. Dealing with skin stuff while the skin is still on the goat is the topic of this episode. This episode talks about external parasite (lice, mites, fleas, ticks), a little bit about Orf (aka Soremouth), zinc responsive dermatoses (and my pet theory about well water's role in that skin condition), and touch on the "zebras," skin cancers, and non-healing lesions, and what to do with those (hint: call the vet, but I'll explain why).||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8 - Quick Episode: Listener Q&A||A quick episode to answer a couple of emails I have received over the last few weeks. And say thanks to everyone who is tuning in! :)||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7 - Goat Kid Nutrition||What do I feed this goat kid? How do I feed this goat kid? When do I wean this goat kid? In this episode I provide an overview of goat kid nutrition and recommendations, largely based on my own experience raising probably close to hundreds of goat kids over the last ten years. I have been surprised in clinical practice by the problems with inadequate nutrition and misunderstandings and misinformation about what adequate nutrition consists of for young and growing animals.||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6 - Eyes||Are you creeped out by eyeballs? I’m not – eyes are totally cool! In this episode I go over some common eye problems in kids and adult goats and what I do to fix them. Usually these things look really scary, but, in my experience, goats can heal their eyes from some really crazy looking stuff.||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 - Grab Bag: Biosecurity, Listener Q&A, and A Story.||Recording on the road because that's where I spend my life. A few different topics in this episode: Biosecurity testing - What is it? Why should I do it? Who needs to be tested? How often do I need to test? Listener Question! (Someone is listening to my podcast and it makes me excited!)Story from my dairy. It's always something.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 - Signalment (aka What You Need to Tell Me on the Phone)||Help me help you! In this episode, I go over how to efficiently and effectively tell me (or your own primary vet) about your goat's problem on the phone.||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 - Tales from the Road Vol 1.||A little departure from your regularly scheduled goat educational podcast- telling a kind of ridiculous story about what happened on the road last week....||6/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2 - Permanent ID for Goats||What is permanent identification and why should you have it for your goats? In this episode I get on my soapbox for a couple minutes about why permanent identification is important for livestock owners and veterinarians (hint- it's not because vets are trying to be a pain), and then over some options that are available for goats for legal permanent USDA approved identification.||6/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 - Goat Kid Diarrhea||First episode ever and we’re gonna talk about poop! There is a LOT of advice, some good and some terrible about diarrhea in goat kids available on the internet! I’m going to break down some common causes of diarrhea in kids, what to do, and when to worry.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Very good easy to follow information pertaining to goat health. I would recommend it to anyone in the goat business
Great content dry informative!
Healthy goats are happy goats!
The Goat Doc (Dr. Cara Shepard) is my vet and she’s smart, reliable and compassionate. I feel very fortunate to have a vet that not only knows goat medicine, but also has her own goat dairy farm. Her podcasts are easy to listen to and very informative.