Small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, are a growing part of our practice. Traditionally these animals have been an important part of the FFA and 4-H groups in our local region, but as the area grows so does the pet sheep & goat population. Our veterinarians at Kulshan Veterinary Hospital have been working hard to provide progressive veterinary care for this growing population of small ruminants. KVH veterinarians are active members of the AASRP (American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners) and participate in national meetings to stay up to date on the latest medical advances. Every year our veterinarians are involved with giving educational seminars for local 4H and FFA groups.
The most important way to control problems in a heard or flock is to have your veterinarian involved in annual “herd health” inspections. During a visit, we can help you develop optimal nutritional management, parasite control programs, evaluate your facilities and assess overall health of your herd or flock. We hope to work together to prevent problems, rather than waiting until the problem is difficult to control. the most common problems we see include: urinary stones, severe parasitism, difficult birth, and metabolic diseases, most of which can be linked to nutrition. Since ruminants have a very specialized digestive system, they have different nutritional requirements than other species.
KVH is well equipped to deal with all your sheep and goat’s needs. KVH has state of the art portable ultrasounds for evaluating pregnancy, radiography, and the safest form of gas anesthesia for procedures that require sedation. Our well staffed laboratory is an excellent resource performing fecal exams, CAE/OPP, and hay testing just to name a few. Fecal results are finished same day and each result is evaluated by a veterinarian in case additional consultation is needed for our clients.
You can feel confident that the veterinarians at KVH have your sheep or goat’s best interest at heart.
Sheep & Goat Links:
The Maryland Small Ruminant Page was created in 1998 as an information portal for sheep and goat producers. It was developed and is solely maintained by Susan Schoenian, Sheep & Goat Specialist for University of Maryland Extension. Since 1998, the web site has undergone many changes and additions.
An outline of the presentation by Dr. Gale Dejong at the 2018 Small Farm Expo.