Sunset, Texas


 There. Now that I've said that, let's talk a bit. The pictures you'll see on the page are here not for shock value but for educational purposes. Please do not copy them without my permission. As time goes on I'll update this page with information on hoof-trimming, disbudding, and other routine but neccessary medical procedures most goat owners perform themselves. If it's something only your vet should do, you'll see no pictures of it here, unless it was done by my vet.


                                                                                USEFUL LINKS

    I have finally found a poisonous plants list I like....they show actual pictures of the plants and explain where the plants grow, what parts           are poisonous, what they actually do to your animal and what to do about it.  Here's the link :


   This link gives excellent information on parasites found in the southeast :


   This link takes you to, among other topics, a marvelous  discussion on hoof trimming, complete with pictures!

    However, I wouldn't try tipping the goat onto it's fanny the way they do with the sheep shown here.....

    The Lonestar Nigerian Dwarf Goat Club has on it's website a wonderful list of goat related medicenes.This is some of the most

    valuable information you can get, because it explains not merely what to give, but what NOT to give and WHEN not to give it!



                                                                                      Dr. Pamela Lee Barlow

                                                                                          Bowie Pet Clinic

                                                                                         100 N. Smythe St.

                                                                                            Bowie, Texas


                                         Now that you know how to contact this wonderful doctor, please do so respectfully.

                         Do not do what we goat owners are so prone to doing and call her saying "my goat's doing this, that, and the other

     thing; what's wrong with her?" No vet can diagnose anything over the phone and it's actually illegal for them to try to. If you have a problem,  

                make an appointment and you will be very happy you  did. Dr. Barlow is that rarest of pearls, an experianced goat vet.

                                                                                I love her and you will too!


                                                                                       VITAL SIGNS

        Temperature : 102.5                                                                                           Heart Rate : 70 - 80 beats per minute                     

        Respiration rate : 12 - 15 per minute                                                                 Ruman movement : 1 - 1.5 per minute              

       Onset of heat : can be as young as 3 months in Nigerians.                                   Length of heat : about 12 - 48 hours, usually one day

       Length of heat cycle : 17 - 23 days                                                                    Length of pregnancy : 150 days, give or take a few

       Age a buck is fertile :  8 weeks


                                                                    FETAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR

20 days~(3 weeks) Apparent Heart Beat

21-35days~(3-5weeks)The lung bud branching and forming into the two principal bronchi

28-35 days~(4-5 weeks) Limb buds apparent

35-42 days~ (5-6 weeks) Differentiation of mouth,digits and dew claws

42-49 days~( 6-7 weeks)Nostrils and Eyes apparent; Mammary buds in females; empty scrotal sac in males;Jugular vein barely visible through the pink skin

42-84 days~(6-12wks)The bronchial divisions were differentiated and their air conducting system became established,lined with seudostratified and/or single-walled columnar epithelium

49-56 days~(7-8 weeks)Eyelids Close; Ear Canal Opens; Membranous soft center in the top of the head

56-63 days~ (8-9 weeks) Jugular vein, facial vein and scrotal vessels all visible; Nostrils open

70-77 days~(10-11 weeks) Hairs appear on eyelids

77-84 days~(11-12 weeks) Horn Pits Appear;Ear vein prominent; Hairs on eyelids and muzzle

84-91 days~(12-13weeks) Hairs on forehead;Pigmentation around horn pits; Testes palpable in scrotum

91-98 days~ (13-14 weeks) Skin whitish and thicker;Jugular, facial and scrotal veins no longer visible;Ear vein visible;Hairs along top of the neck;Top of the head has hardened-Also Lung Development-The respiratory bronchioles developed quickly?the primitive alveoli had developed,the respiratory bronchioles and primitive alveoli were lined by cuboid cells

98-105 days~(14-15 weeks)Tooth Eruption;Hair around eyes and muzzle; Hairs on chest;Eyelids separated;Temporary teeth buds just appear

105-112 days~(15-16 weeks)Body sparsely covered with hair, except limbs Also-Lung development-The respiratory divisions developed dramatically,the lung assumed a more “aerated” appearance.

112-119 days~(16-17 weeks)Dense hairs cover body and limbs;Teeth buds prominent

119 days~(17 weeks)1-3 Incisors barely erupted in females at birth; Incisors at gum line in males at birth

119-154 days~(17-22 weeks)The alveoli developed and differentiated into flattened(type ? cell)and cuboid (type ? cell)epithelial cells of the lung development-here the baby can breath on it's own.

Length of Fetus at 30 days is 1.4 cm

Length of Fetus at 145 days is 43.0 cm

Normal Live Birth- 145 to 155 days~(147 days is 21 weeks or approx. 5 months)




Bitten by a spider when he was six days old, the resulting infection prevented me from disbudding him as a baby. By the time he was completely recovered from the bite, it was summer and Fly Time in Texas. You do not dehorn any animal during fly-time, because of the high risk of maggot infestation. I also had some doubts as to wether or not I wanted to subject him to this admittedly traumatic procedure. It can take several months to completely heal up from a dehorning, and so should not be undertaken lightly. But his irreplaceable genetics, obvious quality, and sweet dispostion , along with his willingness to use his horns on my other bucks, decided me and on October 26, 2007 he was dehorned surgically by my veterinarian, Dr. Pam Barlow. The following pictures were taken the next day, at home.


October 27, 2007

Yep, looks pretty nasty.....or does it? This is actually a very neat job. After Cabrito was anesthetised, the horns were cut off at the base, and then a disbudding iron was used to cauterize the area. The reddish spot in the center of the horn on the left is actually a cottonball that was soaked in medicine and placed in the opening. The creamy colored material is more medicine.






                Here's a look at his whole head, instead of just the holes IN his head! In case you're wondering about the lump in his cheek, it's called a cud. He was already eating and acting normally.







 This skull shows why dehorning a mature goat is such a serious undertaking. As you can see, the "roots" of the horns are actually part off the skull. Although you can't tell here, the horns are actually hollow and part of the goat's sinus cavity.




                               Another view of the skull.

This image shows how the horn actually fits over the base or root. Obviously, in a living animal  the gap is filled with tissue.






 Not the best picture, but this is the base/interior of the severed horn.





November 2, 2007

 Cabrito's head exactly one week after dehorning....looks kind of nasty at first glance

but he's actually doing very well. The ointment is discolored now, due to dust, sun

and admittedly a bit of blood oozing out from time to time. All of which are normal

and to be expected after any surgery. His cottonball is still in place, and I haven't

had to do anything whatsoever.




                                                                      And here's another shot of his whole head.








 This was taken Dec. 8, almost exactly 6 weeks later. As you can see,

 the side that was packed with the cottonball is healing a little slower

 that the one packed with ointment, but both openings are

 nearly closed. I am very pleased with how Cabrito is progressing!








                                                                                                           Again, here's his whole head.





 And he didn't lose any condition either!






           Here he is on January 28, 3 months later....completely healed. Thank you,

           Dr. Barlow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!