Things You'll Need
Not treating your goat for fleas and ticks can cause illlness as well as skin problems. Applying Frontline to your goats once a month is one way to control fleas and ticks. It kills 100% of fleas within 12 hours of application. It continues to protect your animal for more than a month. It is also proven safe for animals as young as eight weeks of age and is waterproof, for pets that like to swim and bathe. Frontline can be used to help more than just dogs and cats, it can also be used to protect goats from fleas and ticks.
Clean your goats. This can be as simple as a spraying down of the goat while outside, or a full bath and groom with shampoo specifically made for goats and farm animals. Do not use human shampoo as this can strip oils from the goats skin, causing them to be itchy and dry. This is also a good time to shear your goat if you plan on doing it soon anyways. This is done before the application of frontline so that you do not wash off the medication.
Spray the Frontline onto the goats. Make sure that it is the spray version as the spot version tends not to move through goat hair as efficiently as it would through a dog or cat. Spray along the backbone, or center of the back. Spray under the chin, taking care not to get it into the goats mouth. Also spray down the chest in between the two front legs. An average coat will be able to get up to six months treatment from one spray bottle of Frontline.
Rub the Frontline into the wool, it does not have to go all the way to the skin. Use gloves to avoid getting it on your hands. Avoid eyes, ears, nose, and mouth of the goat.
Apply again in exactly 30 days to keep fleas and ticks away. Avoid bathing your goat for up to three days of application. Frontline can be applied year round if needed, this will vary upon your climate. Check with a veterinarian before using any medications on your animals.
Wear gloves to keep from getting Frontline on your hands. Do not spray into the goats face.
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Melanie Fleury has been writing professionally since 1995. She has written for various educational websites such as Edhelper.com and is the educational consultant at the Knowledge Tree Center for Education. She enjoys creating curriculum for children with various learning styles. Fleury holds a master's degree in education specializing in early childhood from Ashwood University.