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.

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4 Responses to Tetracycline for Goats

  1. Tara Dovenbarger says:

    Hello, just needing to use your numbers for the Duramycin-10. How did everything end up? I just started the meds yesterday, wondering how your situation ended up? Thanks,

    • Paula says:

      I’m afraid it didn’t end up very well…in retrospect, we forgot to ask a few BASIC questions when we bought our goats…
      1) What immunizations/wormers have these goats had and when?
      2) Do you use medicated feed? Do you medicate their water?
      3) Do you offer a guarantee?
      4) What medications should I have on hand BEFORE I buy goats?
      The goats we purchased came from a breeder that we found on the Internet. Her goats looked healthy and we took her word that they had been recently wormed and were current on their immunizations. No mention was made of the fact that she fed medicated feed and routinely medicated their water. Within three weeks, the young kids began to scour…thinking it was a simple change of feed and pasture, we treated it for two days with electrolytes….we quickly realized that things were going from bad to worse as the moms began to scour. Calling a local goat person after normal vet hours sent us running to the feed store for a last minute med run…we used the Duramycin over the weekend and called the vet first thing Monday morning…after a $40 fecal, we were told that the goats were FULL of hook worms and coccidiosis but that we should treat the cocci for a week and treat the worms after that…by the end of the week, we had lost two kids and their mothers were wasting away to skin and bones…after many rounds of fecals, various wormers, Di-Methox and applications of NutriBoost and Red Cell (the breeder’s recommendation) we ended up losing 5 of the 7 goats we had purchased…the breeder quit answering my emails after the third one died. I found out that she had had a similar issue with goats from the same field but didn’t think it was important to warn me…

      • Randy Mounts says:

        I dont know if you have chickens but scratchgrain will kill baby goats up to a year and if the older do survive they will have the scours and is hard to get rid of once they get it.

        • Paula says:

          no scratch grain…pure and simple they were polluted with worms and cocci…breeder lied to us about her practices. :(

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