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Contact:
Emily Harrison, DVM, CVA

Credentials E-mail: oboevet@gmail.com
Phone: 914-420-5420

Areas of coverage:
Westchester and Putnam counties in New York and western portions of Fairfield County in Connecticut.

Goat and Sheep services offered

EmilyAccupunturing a sheep and Emily with baby goats, the kids.
  • Vaccinations: CDT and rabies
  • Strategic deworming for intestinal and lung worms, liver flukes
  • Hoof trimming
  • Infectious disease testing: Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL) & Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE)
  • Reproductive health
  • Neonatal care
  • Dehorning and neutering kids
  • Medicine: diagnosis and treatment of digestive/nutritional disorders, respiratory disease, skin disorders, lameness, anemia, etc.
  • Mineral/Vitamin injections and nutritional counseling
  • Euthanasia
Goaats and Sheep

Goat Vital Signs

  • Temperature: 101.7 to 104.5 degrees
  • Pulse: 70-145 beat per minute
  • Respiratory rate: 12-15 breaths per minute
Goaats and Sheep

Goat Trivia

  • Goats are ruminants like cows and sheep—they have 4 compartments to their stomach
  • There are over 200 species of goats worldwid
  • Goats range in size from about 25 lbs (pygmy goats) to upwards of 300 lbs (some breeds of meat goats)
  • The average goat’s lifespan is 8-12 although some can live up to 15 year
  • A goat’s age can be determined based on the configuration and wear patterns on its teeth
  • Most goats live in herbs of 5-20 members
  • Goats are browsers and have evolved to live in varied climates includes mountains, grasslands, and deserts
  • An un-neutered male goat is called a buck and a female goat is called a doe
  • Baby goats are called “kids” and the act of giving birth is called “kidding
  • A neutered male goat is called a “wether”
  • There are 6 kinds of dairy goats in the US (Alpine, La Mancha, Oberhasli, Nubian, Saanen and Toggenberg)
  • Goat milk is more easily digestible than cow milk because it is naturally homogenized. Goat milk is lower in cholesterol and higher in calcium, phosphorus and vitamin A than cow milk making it better-tolerated by people who cannot drink cow milk.
  • Domestic goats have cloven hooves, a long beard, a short and upward-turned tail and horns that grow upward from the head instead of twisting to the sides like those of sheep. Both males and females have horns and beards.
  • Male goats reach sexual maturity as early four months. Females are generally sexually mature by 7 months although it advisable to wait until the doe has reached 60-75% of her body weight before breeding.
  • A goat’s gestation is approximately 150 days (5 months)
  • Goats are seasonal breeders (they breed from late-August to early-January)
  • Goats deliver anywhere between 1 and 4 kids—twinning is very common
  • Goats have unique rectangular pupils and excellent night vision
  • Goats have no upper teeth in front—instead they have a gum pad

Sheep vital signs:

  • Temperature: 102-103 degrees
  • Pulse: 60-90 beats/minute
  • Respiratory rate: 12-20 breaths/minute

Alpaca/llama vital signs:

  • Temperature: 100.5-102.5 degrees
  • Pulse: 70-130 beats/minute
  • Respiratory rate: 6-18 breaths/minute
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Visiting Veterinary Services, PLLC • PO Box 413 • Katonah, NY 10536 • 914-420-5420 • oboevet@gmail.com