A homemade goat electrolyte helps to replenish lost liquid when scours in goats occur. This natural goat electrolyte is ideal as a goat diarrhea treatment.
It always happens when you least expect it. And no matter how prepared you are there will always be something missing in the livestock medical kit.
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Keeping goats hydrated during a time of illness is necessary. Especially if a herd member comes down with a case of scours.
Luckily, items like a natural goat electrolyte or a teat spray can easily be made at home with just a few items from the pantry or medicine cabinet. These DIY items are chemical free and contain no unnecessary items or preservatives.
The Cause of Scours in Goats
There are many reasons as to why a goat comes down with a case of scours (diarrhea). And with goats, it could be one or more of the reasons listed below.
- excessive worm load
- sudden change in feed or hay
- reaction to medicine
- consuming excessive amounts of grains
- consuming vegetation that is not easily digestible
- the worse case scenario, an unknown illness
In truth, it is a guessing game as to what brought on this case of scours. The best thing to do is to stay on top of it as best as you can. More times than not, a bout of diarrhea will clear up on it’s own. That is, if the case is mild enough.
A goat which is healthy in appearance, still eating and drinking, and shows no signs of being anemic or weak will need to be monitored. Offering a homemade goat electrolyte will ensure a animal stays hydrated during this uncomfortable time.
Whereas a goat who shows intense signs of being ill (anemic, lethargic, not eating or drinking, fever, severe case of scours) could very well have one or more of the following conditions.
- Infection (internal or external)
If this is the case you have a few options. The first, gather a sample of your goat’s stool to be tested by your livestock vet. This will help determine the best course of action to take.
Though, worming your goats yourself is also an option. However, you must know what type of worm you’re dealing with in order to select the best type of wormer to offer.
In the meantime, address the scours and keep the herd member hydrated with this homemade goat electrolyte.
A Natural Goat Electrolyte
Upon the first sign of scours, a goat diarrhea treatment will need to be offered. Diarrhea depletes the body of liquid and energy. Most keepers will offer a powder electrolyte found at the feed store. However, a more natural option is available.
And let me add, this natural goat electrolyte consists of 4 natural ingredients which are found within the pantry.
A goat diarrhea treatment should not only consist of an homemade electrolyte, but also a probiotic. The gut flora of the animal will need to be built up due to the damage scours can cause.
Offer fermented foods such as pickled items, plain water kefir, and kombucha a few times a day. Even unpasteurized raw apple cider vinegar in the water works.
An over the counter product known as Probios also works and is available in a powder or ready to dispense tube.
Homemade Goat Electrolyte – Ingredients
This electrolyte recipe will only take minutes to whip up, and costs less than a half dollar to make. Keep in mind, this natural electrolyte does not contain a preservative. Store in the refrigerator and discard after 1 week.
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoon salt (we use fine sea salt)
- 1/2-cup molasses or raw honey
- 4 quarts of warm water
A drenching syringe is a necessary item for those who raise large livestock. This tool is designed to dispense liquid and medicines.
Homemade Goat Electrolytes – Instructions
- Add all ingredients into the 1/2-gallon Mason jar, mix until all ingredients have dissolved.
- Fill the drenching syringe until full, provide to the goat immediately. Continue to drench the goat as often as possible.
Drench roughly 4 quarts every 2 hours for a 12 hour period. In addition to offering the natural goat electrolyte, slowly reintroduce healthy bacteria to the rumen with the fermented foods and drinks mentioned above.
How to Dispense a Homemade Goat Electrolyte
Goats are not calm, trusting animals by nature. They have a sense that something out of the normal is about to happen, and their guard is heightened. Making drenching a difficult experience for both goat and keeper.
It is easiest to drench a goat with the help of another individual. However, a DIY milk stand can also be used for circumstances such as this. If a milking stand is unavailable, refer to plan B.
Guide the goat to the corner of the barn or stall, this will prevent the goat from backing away from you. Next, pin the goat between the wall and yourself, put your body weight into the goat to prevent it from escaping.
- With one hand hold under the mouth and lift the head.
- Gently pry open the mouth.
- Insert the drenching syringe toward the back of the mouth.
- In order to prevent choking, slowly release the goat electrolyte from the drenching syringe.
Do not dispense goats which are down and unresponsive, or are incapable of swallowing the homemade goat electrolyte on. Immediately consult a veterinarian.
A homemade goat electrolyte is provided to help hydrate your animal in a pinch, and should never replace veterinarian care.
Homemade Goat Electrolyte for Emergency Situations
- 1 gallon Mason Jar
- drenching syringe, 50 cc
- Mixing Spoon
- Add all ingredients into the 1-gallon Mason jar, mix until all ingredients have dissolved.
- Fill the drenching syringe until full, provide to the goat immediately. Continue to drench until veterinarian care arrives.
Please note, I am not a veterinarian, and am providing information based on how we treated our goat herd.