Like other farm animals, goats
also suffer from various diseases especially if they fail to
take occasional vaccination. These goat diseases may be
bacterial, viral, or parasitic among others. As most of these
diseases can be hardly determined due to their identical
symptoms, it would be advisable for owners to have them checked
up every once in a while for the benefit of the goat and for the
safety of your farm.
Ketosis (Acetonemia) is one of the most
common goat diseases
because of the animal's inclination to concentrated food.
Another problem that farmers deal with is when the goat becomes
profoundly infested with worms. This goat disease is known as
'big head.' You can tell when the goat has big head if it
suddenly develops a swollen head accompanied by paleness of
skin. This should not be confused with bloating, another common
problem with goats. By observing your goat, you will notice that
it frequently urinates, appears anxious, and behaves differently
from the rest. At this point, the goat should be taken for
consultation to avoid complications.
Goat diseases can be prevented with regular check-up. A
once-a-month visit to the veterinarian would be advisable. Being
on the lookout for possible trouble occurring within the herd
would contribute in preventing loss of a goat. There are ways to
know whether something is wrong with one of the goats.
- Observe which among the herd often isolates itself. Goats are
naturally sociable and friendly that is why they pass for a pet
nowadays and separation from the herd would mean a sign of
- Watch for abnormalities in feces and droppings. Usually, one
suffering from a disease would have irregularity in droppings or
urine. Among the most recognizable symptoms for goat diseases
are diarrhea (with blood), pus from the ears, mouth, vulva or
any part of the goat's body
- Swelling of the chin is also another sign your goat is ailing
- Notice defects in movements besides the behavior
Meanwhile, you can do your own goat check as well to make sure
that the herd is in the pink. The main areas that you have to
secure are the rectal temperature with at least 39 degrees and
the pulse rate that must be at 80 or less beats per minute.
It is important for every farmer to know the various goat
diseases that may affect a member of the herd. Learning about
the symptoms and first aid treatments would also help to
minimize the risk. Give them
proper goat care and you will only
have to worry less.
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