Tetracycline for Goats

I thought I would post this, since it took us a fair amount of work to figure this out and it might help someone else:

Coccidiosis in goats should be treated with Sulfa drugs. We could not find any sulfa drugs in our area, so on the reccomendation of another goat breeder we used Tetracycline to treat.

If your goats need Tetracycline, you can use the powder that is manufactured for cows and hogs. The type we found, Duramycin-10, has 10 gm. of Tetracycline in 6.4 oz. (dry weight) of powder. Typically you are supposed to put the powder in the animal’s drinking water; however, the powder makes the water taste bitter and goats often won’t drink it. In addition there is no way to “guarantee” the dose delivered.

The recommended dose for goats is 10 mg. per pound of body weight. It took us quite a bit of math to figure this out, do the conversions, etc. in order to mix this powder, but I believe we finally were able to figure it out.

Based on the fact that 6.4 oz. of powder = 10 gm. of Tetracycline, .00064 oz. of powder = 1 mg. of Tetracycline. We wanted a solution that would allow us to easily figure the “dose” for each animal of varying body weight.

We ended up with 2 Tbsp. of powder in 80 cc of water. At this ratio, each cc = 20 mg of Tetracyline; so, using our dose of 10 mg per lb of body weight, we give a 20 lb. kid 10 cc of solution which equals a 200 mg. dose.

Please note that we are NOT guaranteeing these figures. As I said, this took us a lot of work and calculating to figure out, and we may be wrong. Also, please remember that NOTHING you get off the internet should be construed as replacing the advice of a veterinarian. If you’re not sure, call the vet (if one is available, and if they are open, which was not the case for us.)

Feedback, as always, is welcome.