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What to Do if Your Goat is Sick
A goat that is not feeling well will not be obvious to the casual bystander. Even those who own goats may have difficulty identifying whether their goat is sick or not unless they look for signs of unusual behavior. Identifying that your goat is ill is the first step towards taking the proper course of action to get them healthy again.
How to Tell if Your Goat is Ill
Most goats tend to stand in one place or do not venture far during the day. Plus, except for Nubian goats they only tend to make noise or bleat every so often. Even so, a goat that is particularly talkative does not mean it is necessarily sick, it is more in how they are bleating that makes the difference.
Bleating that gets louder and more frequent is often a sign of hunger or thirst, so check their food and water supply. However, a sick goat will change the tone of their bleats just like humans change the sounds they make when not feeling right. Other signs of illness include, but are not limited to the following;
- No interesting in eating or drinking water
- Cloudy or green discharge from their sinuses
- Kicking or biting their stomachs
- High or low body temperature
- Loose fecal matter, such as diarrhea
- Unusually slow or fast breathing
- Signs of pain such as when urinating or grinding their teeth
- Eyelids become pale or gray in color
One or more of these signs is an indication that your goat is sick. Just like humans, goats are subjects to colds, viruses, and the flu. In many cases the illness will run its course in a few days and your goat will be healthy again. However, there are a few signs that indicate your goat may need the assistance of a vet.
- Laying down for hours and appearing lifeless
- Isolating themselves from other goats and not acting normally
- Bloating in their mid-section along with moaning
When you see these symptoms, you should call a vet as something serious might be wrong with your goat. One condition called Urinary Calculi is very serious and painful with symptoms that include white gums, head shaking, moaning and shivering. A vet should be called quickly if you see such symptoms.
Newborns & Kids
Young goats are very susceptible to eColi infections which is indicated by severe diarrhea and lethargy. Other deadly conditions include goat polio and tetanus infection which may kill the baby goat in a very short time without treatment. You should have your goat vaccinated every year with C/D tetanus to prevent it from occurring.
Basically, any unusual behavior that persists may be an indication that something is wrong with your goat. Taking it to the vet or having the vet visit your farm is a wise precaution as most illnesses can be treated early and inexpensively which may prevent more serious conditions from developing that may put your goat’s life in danger.