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Dr Cara Sammons-Shepard, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in Maine and New Hampshire, and when on the road, the majority of her patients are goats. She and her husband have owned and operated a commercial farmstead creamery since 2009. In this podcast, Dr Shepard discusses different topics related to goat medicine and husbandry.
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Goat Talk with the Goat Doc Cara Shepard

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Dr Cara Sammons-Shepard, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in Maine and New Hampshire, and when on the road, the majority of her patients are goats. She and her husband have owned and operated a commercial farmstead creamery since 2009. In this podcast, Dr Shepard discusses different topics related to goat medicine and husbandry.
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    Registered Goats - Why?

    Registered Goats - Why?

    Why should we care about whether our goats are registered? It's more than just being able to say that your animal is "purebred" or not. In this episode, I talk about my experience and opinion about why you should register your goats. I'm obviously biased, but it may not be why you think someone would be biased towards registering animals.
    Questions, comments, just wanna say hi and send me cute goat pics online? www.goatdoc.com, goatdoccara@gmail.com, Insta: @goat_doc. Want another place to talk about goats online? Come say hi on the Discord server: http://discord.gg/am66zGny2b
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    • 42 min
    Dystocia

    Dystocia

    Dystocia is our veterinary doctor word for difficult birth. (I guess maybe we call it something different for humans? I don't know, all species but one over here). In this episode I talk about different causes for dystocia, my experiences with what is more common in goats, and some dystocia do's and don'ts.
    Questions, comments, just wanna say hi and send me cute goat pics online? www.goatdoc.com, goatdoccara@gmail.com, Insta: @goat_doc
    Want another place to talk about goats on the internet? Come over to the Goat Talk Discord server! http://discord.gg/am66zGny2b
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    • 25 min
    Lookin' at Poop: Fecal Diagnostics

    Lookin' at Poop: Fecal Diagnostics

    Seems like we talk about poop a lot sometimes doesn't it. While I'm sure I've touched on fecal analysis as part of a parasite management program in the past, I thought I would take some time and talk about the different types of fecal analyses we have available to help assess and monitor parasite levels in our goats and other animals. This episode covers the difference between qualitative and quantitative fecal analysis, Baermann fecals and touches on the usefulness (or not) of FAMACHA as a tool to help monitor parasite levels in your goats and small ruminants.
    Questions, comments, just wanna say hi and send me cute goat pics online? www.goatdoc.com, goatdoccara@gmail.com, Insta: @goat_doc
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    • 38 min
    Enteric Protozoa Part 2: Other Guys

    Enteric Protozoa Part 2: Other Guys

    While coccidia is the big player in problem protozoa for ruminants, there are a couple other guys I see around that I sometimes care about as well, so Entamoeba and Giardia get a couple minutes of attention in this episode and I also spend some time discussing considerations for treating enteric protozoa in general- why, why, how, and what to consider when you are doing it.
    Questions, comments, just wanna say hi and send me cute goat pics online? www.goatdoc.com, goatdoccara@gmail.com, Insta: @goat_doc
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    • 25 min
    Enteric Protozoa Part 1 : Coccidia

    Enteric Protozoa Part 1 : Coccidia

    It's been a while, but I'm back for at least a few episodes to talk about enteric protozoans - single celled critters that live in the guts, and may or may not be a problem. First things first- Coccidia. I managed to get a little long winded here talking about these guys and options for treating them when you may have a problem.
    Questions, comments, just wanna say hi and send me cute goat pics online? www.goatdoc.com, goatdoccara@gmail.com, Insta: @goat_doc
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    • 51 min
    Breeding Season Thoughts 2021

    Breeding Season Thoughts 2021

    Talking a little pause from calcium to talk about the fall breeding season. The leaves are turning in Maine and in a strange turn of events, I finished my 2021 breeding plan several weeks before it's actually needed!!! #signsoftheapocalypse. This episode is just my thoughts about how I approached a breeding plan for about 45 does for the 2022 milking season- things I think about, what options I use for bucks and why, how we are planning our timing for breeding and kidding for the next round.
    Questions, comments, thoughts about how you approach your breeding plan? Shoot me an email at goatdoccara@gmail.com, find the website at www.goatdoc.com, follow on instagram @goat_doc
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
190 Ratings

190 Ratings

Anne Budzinski ,

So helpful!

Love learning from the Goat Doc!! Calf vet here and I get questions about goats periodically so it’s nice to have a few tools in my brain to offer clients and be able to help them with their calves and their goats. Love hearing the progress of her personal farm and it is inspiring how far the farm has come! Looking forward to more episodes and education!! Thanks for making this!

Rae_Chill ,

This is such a helpful podcast!

I’m a small animal DVM who took a few small ruminant electives back in school, but now need all the refresher info because were finally getting goats this spring. I appreciate the practical advice and how to avoid issues. I love several goat podcasts, but this is the one I needed to find. Thank you!

cpritzl ,

Stellar!

Loving this podcast. I’ve raised goats for 15 years and accurate, evidence based information is incredibly difficult to find—as are specialty goat vets. I can’t say enough good things about the information presented here and the peace of mind it provides.

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