( dermatophilisis Congolensis)
Rain Scald, streptotrichosi, lumpy wool disease and
Strawberry Foot rot when lesions are on legs and limbs
Highly contagious, Crusty, scaly Lesions involving the head, ears and neck area
ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES!!
A friend talked to me about a disease running through her herd. Vet was little help, Mis-Diagnosing and medicating. Even after several 100 dollars, She was afraid she would loose the affected goats. She sent me pictures of what she was dealing with. While her goats were still eating and drinking, they were obviously not feeling well.
Pictures showed swollen heads, oozing lesions on face, ears and muzzle.
Her goats had a form of staph. And it is highly contagious. One of her young goats some how got in the pen with her isolated goats. Within an hour she was already showing signs of infection!
Scary enough, biting bugs can also carry from animal to animal!
Contaminated Equipment can also spread the disease.
With the help of a friend, Kathy Collier Bates, We found the best route was simply cleaning the lesions with chlorhexidine and giving penicillin until lesions were dry, along with there isolation and that of all free roaming birds, pigs and even dogs, scrubbing dishes with bleach and cleaning pens. It took lots of hard work, as she needed separate clothes, shoes, tools, buckets ect..she even left her flash light in a baggie when with the isolated group. My friend did an outstanding job at containing the spread and now her herd is well.
Wet, humid, rainy weather set up the perfect environments. It lives in the environment and on the animal and most often seen after a heavy rain after a dry period of time or if the goat is she/he suffered damage to the skin.
Lesions are often its own Diagnosis, other ways are cultures or using a microscope
Treatment need not break the bank. Cleaning the lesions with Chlorhexidine and giving Penicillin injected until lesion dry up seem to be effective. Keeping the animal dry and in plenty of sunlight helps speed recovery.
ALWAYS WEAR GLOVES!! IT IS ZOONOTIC, MEANING HUMANS CAN GET IT TOO!!
While the animal recovers, keep it isolated to prevent spread, feed well and quality minerals. Boosting immune system with vit C and fresh raw garlic also helps.
Cleaning every dish, feeder, tools, and surface with diluted bleach. Cleaning pen and burning all fallen hay and such from pens. Using 2 different sets of clothes and shoes for clean pens and isolation pen
if you only have one flash light, do as my friend did and put in a zip lock, changing between pens.
Idea is NOT to expose your clean goats to the sick goats.
It took several weeks for my friend to see the end of it. Be patient.