How to Clip a Pygmy Goat's Hooves

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Trimming a goat's hooves can be easier if you start doing it when they are kids. While it may be easier the first time to work with a veterinarian, you'll soon be able to do it on your own. Get a helper for the task if you have more than one pygmy goat.

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Things you need

  • Hoof knife
  • Shallow pan
  • Disinfectant
  • Hoof shears
  • Hoof pick
  • Hoof rasp
  • Iodine

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    Hoof Trimming

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    Trim your pygmy goat's hooves often. They can get dry and cracked and can eventually cripple your pet goat.

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    Plan to trim your goat's hooves every three months.

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    Know that you can choose between several different types of hoof trimmers, such as small pruning shears or professional hoof trimmers.

    Check for and Treat Hoof Problems

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    Inspect your pygmy goat's hooves for any signs of disease.

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    Check the hooves for the sensation of heat. This can signify infection and is usually accompanied by swelling.

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    Pare away all the dead tissue around the hoof with a knife.

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    Dip the pygmy goat's hoof in a small pan filled with disinfectant.

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    Meet with a veterinarian to discuss follow-up care for your goat. Sometimes infection will need to be treated with further topical treatments.

    Trim Your Goat's Hooves

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    Plan to trim your pygmy goat's hooves after it has been outside in the wet grass. Moisture will make the hooves softer and much easier to trim.

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    Restrain your goat. You can choose to tie it up to a fence or to a post, or you can have a strong person restrain it.

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    Pick up one hoof and bend it towards the back of the goat, with the bottom facing up.

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    Use a hoof pick to clean out the pygmy goat hoof from manure, dirt, and stones.

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    Cut excess growth from the walls of the hooves using shears.

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    Trim down the sole of the hoof with a hoof knife.

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    Cut away from yourself and the goat as you aim to make a flat surface of the heel, sole, and wall of the hoof.

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    Stop trimming when you see the sole look slightly pinkish in color.

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    Finish with a hoof rasp to obtain a smooth finish.

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    Leave your goat in a clean pen to help protect against infection.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also use a commercial softening product to soften the hooves.
  • Trim your goat's hooves bit by bit if they are quite overgrown. You can work on the shape of the hoof slowly and help prevent infection with cuts and scrapes.
  • If you accidentally cut to the quick on your pygmy goat's hooves, remember that you can stop the bleeding by soaking the foot and applying a layer of iodine.

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