Reply To: Contracted Tendons and Selenium

  • theholisticgoat

    June 21, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    A common misconception about kids born with weak legs or contracted tendons is that they are selenium deficient. I guarantee if you see a post on any goat group about this issue, you’ll get a parade of voices saying, “That baby needs Bo-Se right now!” They’re wrong.

    This video shows the progression of a classic example from day 1-day 4. The kid recovered just fine with no selenium supplementation.

    I would add more to his statement that you don’t need selenium if you don’t live in a Se deficient county. We live in a Se deficient area according to some sources, yet we consistently test high in selenium in our herd. You–or your vet–can do a simple blood test to check selenium levels. Only if I had a blood test showing deficiency would I give selenium, because toxicity can be fatal and has the same symptoms as deficiency.