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How to Recognize a Sick Goat:  Signs to Call a Vet

If   goats   could   only   tell   people   how   they   feel,   it   would   be   easier   to   for   their   owners   to   tell   what   their   problem is.   However,   goats   have   their   own   language   too.      It   is   easy   enough   for   you   to   learn   how   to   recognize   a   sick goat.  Healthy goat behavior is distinct from a sick goat’s.  Before   you   can   recognize   a   sick   goat,   healthy   goat   characteristics   should   first   be   understood.      You   have   to know   what   kind   of   behavior   to   expect   from   your   goat.      Of   course,   you   can   always   rely   on   the   health certificate   from   the   breeders   you   bought   your   goats   from.      When   you   are   talking   about   goats   that   have   been in your herd for quite some time, you will have to observe the changes in their behavior.  Common Goat Behavior Healthy   goats   are   usually   quiet   yet   energetic   and   playful.      They   do   not   cry   a   lot   and   will   tend   to   stay   in   one place   most   of   the   time.      Therefore,   if   you   see   a   goat   laying   around   in   one   place   the   entire   morning,   you   do not   necessarily   have   to   take   it   as   a   sign   of   a   sick   goat.      Healthy   goat   breeds   also   do   not   make   a   lot   of   noise.     Although   they   give   a   short   bleat   every   now   and   then,   you   need   to   distinguish   between   moaning,   crying,   or bleating   in   discomfort   or   in   pain.      There   are   some   breeds   of   goat   that   makes   a   lot   of   moaning   noises   such   as the Nubian goats but their owners will get used to their behavior over time. Why Goats Make Noises Some   common   causes   for   bleating   include   illness,   hunger,   and   thirst.      Goats   also   make   a   lot   of   noise   during their   breeding   season.   Listening   closely   to   a   bleating   goat   can   help   you   distinguish   what   they   are   trying   to say.      When   a   goat   is   hungry   or   thirsty,   the   bleating   becomes   louder   as   time   passes   by.   When   a   hungry   goat is   bleating,   it   will   prod   you   to   feed   him   and   you   have   to   do   it   before   he   starts   to   cry.   A   thirsty   goat   will   start to bleat if the weather is too hot or they haven’t drank water for a long time. Goats   make   different   sounds   and   behaviour   during   their   pregnancy   period   or   breeding   season.   These behaviours   are   noticeable   because   they   are   different   from   their   usual   behaviour.      An   ill   goat   can   be   noticed easily because they try to separate themselves from the herd and a healthy goat usually seeks other goats. A   sick   goat   makes   a   sound   that’s   different   from   a   thirsty   or   hungry   goat.   The   bleating   patterns   are persistent   and   get   louder   as   time   goes   by.      You   can   hear   a   distinct   change   in   tone   when   you   compare   a normal   moan   with   a   sick   moan.      Think   about   how   the   human   voice   changes   when   he   is   sick.      It’s   the   same way with a sick goat.  Healthy goat sounds will sound livelier than sick goat sounds.  Signs that Your Goat Might be Sick Aside   from   the   bleating,   there   are   other   signs   to   check   for   a   sick   goat.      Healthy   goat    c onditions   that   might be altered when a goat is sick include the following.  They won’t eat or they are not interested in food They won’t drink or they are not interested in water Bloated, kicking or biting their stomach Green or cloudy nasal discharge Body temperature above 103.5 indicates fever Body temperature above 101.5 indicates subnormal temperature Shows symptoms of pain like grinding their teeth They have loose feces which indicates diarrhea or problems in their bowel movement Rapid or slow breathing They have a hard time urinating or they suffer pain when urinating Pressing their head against fences or walls Their eyelids turn gray or pale in color When to Call the Vet These are the three signs that tell when a goat needs immediate attention: They   isolate   themselves   from   the   herd   and   sit   down   for   a   long   period   of   time   acting   in   an   abnormal manner. They lie down for many hours and appear lifeless. They   suffer   from   a   painful   condition   called   bloat.   It   swells   up   their   midsection   and   they   often   moan   in   a pitiful manner. There   is   a   critical   condition   called   Urinary   Calculi   that   affects   a   goat’s   overall   appearance   and   movement.   A goat   suffering   from   this   condition   may   try   to   repeatedly   lie   down   and   get   up   while   moaning.   These   are   the most common symptoms from goats who are suffering from this illness: Worn out or hanging tail Dull looking coat Standing hunched Shaking head Shivering and moaning Gums are white in color Pregnant   goats   should   also   be   under   close   observation   especially   during   labor   because   they   will   show   unique patterns   of   behaviour   such   as   repeatedly   lying   down,   getting   up   and   stroking   their   paw   at   the   ground   while moaning. A   newborn   goat   which   has   low   body   temperature   is   suffering   from   sickness.   When   the   newborn   goat   is shivering,   it   means   that   the   kid   is   dehydrated   and   needs   a   lot   of   fluids.   Selenium   deficiency   in   newborn goats is also noticeable because they are unable to move their hind legs. eColi   infection   and   tetanus   are   the   most   common   killers   among   baby   goats.   A   severe   diarrhea   together   with lethargic   movement   is   an   early   sign   of   eColi   infection.   Baby   goats   with   diarrhea   also   indicate   that   they   may have   a   worm   infection   or   cocciciosis.   A   baby   goat   who   has   malformed   rigid   neck   and   moves   by   circling around   indicates   tetanus   infection   or   goat   polio.   Tetanus   infection   may   kill   the   baby   goat   within   hours   while goat polio may take a longer time before it becomes fatal. It   is   important   for   the   goats   to   be   vaccinated   annually   with   C/D   tetanus   to   prevent   diseases   such   as Enterotoxemia   or   otherwise   known   as   overeating   disorder.   This   disease   is   caused   by   bacteria   known   as Clostridium perfringens, it infects the stomach of the animal that causes poisoning and may lead to death. If   you   notice   any   of   these   sign   or   symptoms,   then   you   should   act   quickly   and   let   your   sick   goat   be   checked by   a   licensed   veterinarian.   It   is   important   to   observe   their   behaviour   and   physical   appearance   regularly.     When   you   notice   changes   and   symptoms   that   might   cause   you   to   suspect   any   illness,   you   have   to   make sure   that   your   goat   gets   medical   attention.      Oftentimes,   early   intervention   will   get   your   goats   back   in healthy condition sooner rather than later. 
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How to

Recognize

a Sick Goat

© 2016 Amber Waves All Rights Reserved

How to Recognize a Sick Goat: 

Signs to Call a Vet

If   goats   could   only   tell   people   how   they   feel,   it   would be   easier   to   for   their   owners   to   tell   what   their   problem is.   However,   goats   have   their   own   language   too.      It   is easy   enough   for   you   to   learn   how   to   recognize   a   sick goat.      Healthy   goat   behavior   is   distinct   from   a   sick goat’s.  Before   you   can   recognize   a   sick   goat,   healthy   goat characteristics   should   first   be   understood.      You   have to   know   what   kind   of   behavior   to   expect   from   your goat.      Of   course,   you   can   always   rely   on   the   health certificate   from   the   breeders   you   bought   your   goats from.      When   you   are   talking   about   goats   that   have been   in   your   herd   for   quite   some   time,   you   will   have to observe the changes in their behavior.  Common Goat Behavior Healthy    goats    are    usually    quiet    yet    energetic    and playful.      They   do   not   cry   a   lot   and   will   tend   to   stay   in one   place   most   of   the   time.      Therefore,   if   you   see   a goat   laying   around   in   one   place   the   entire   morning, you   do   not   necessarily   have   to   take   it   as   a   sign   of   a sick   goat.      Healthy   goat   breeds   also   do   not   make   a   lot of   noise.      Although   they   give   a   short   bleat   every   now and   then,   you   need   to   distinguish   between   moaning, crying,   or   bleating   in   discomfort   or   in   pain.      There   are some   breeds   of   goat   that   makes   a   lot   of   moaning noises   such   as   the   Nubian   goats   but   their   owners   will get used to their behavior over time. Why Goats Make Noises Some    common    causes    for    bleating    include    illness, hunger,   and   thirst.      Goats   also   make   a   lot   of   noise during   their   breeding   season.   Listening   closely   to   a bleating   goat   can   help   you   distinguish   what   they   are trying   to   say.      When   a   goat   is   hungry   or   thirsty,   the bleating   becomes   louder   as   time   passes   by.   When   a hungry   goat   is   bleating,   it   will   prod   you   to   feed   him and   you   have   to   do   it   before   he   starts   to   cry.   A   thirsty goat   will   start   to   bleat   if   the   weather   is   too   hot   or they haven’t drank water for a long time. Goats   make   different   sounds   and   behaviour   during their    pregnancy    period    or    breeding    season.    These behaviours   are   noticeable   because   they   are   different from   their   usual   behaviour.      An   ill   goat   can   be   noticed easily   because   they   try   to   separate   themselves   from the    herd    and    a    healthy    goat    usually    seeks    other goats. A   sick   goat   makes   a   sound   that’s   different   from   a thirsty    or    hungry    goat.    The    bleating    patterns    are persistent   and   get   louder   as   time   goes   by.      You   can hear   a   distinct   change   in   tone   when   you   compare   a normal   moan   with   a   sick   moan.      Think   about   how   the human   voice   changes   when   he   is   sick.      It’s   the   same way   with   a   sick   goat.      Healthy   goat   sounds   will   sound livelier than sick goat sounds.  Signs that Your Goat Might be Sick Aside    from    the    bleating,    there    are    other    signs    to check   for   a   sick   goat.      Healthy   goat    c onditions   that might    be    altered    when    a    goat    is    sick    include    the following.  They won’t eat or they are not interested in food They   won’t   drink   or   they   are   not   interested   in water Bloated, kicking or biting their stomach Green or cloudy nasal discharge Body temperature above 103.5 indicates fever Body      temperature      above      101.5      indicates subnormal temperature Shows symptoms of pain like grinding their teeth They   have   loose   feces   which   indicates   diarrhea   or problems in their bowel movement Rapid or slow breathing They   have   a   hard   time   urinating   or   they   suffer pain when urinating Pressing their head against fences or walls Their eyelids turn gray or pale in color When to Call the Vet These   are   the   three   signs   that   tell   when   a   goat   needs immediate attention: They   isolate   themselves   from   the   herd   and   sit down   for   a   long   period   of   time   acting   in   an abnormal manner. They    lie    down    for    many    hours    and    appear lifeless. They   suffer   from   a   painful   condition   called   bloat. It    swells    up    their    midsection    and    they    often moan in a pitiful manner. There   is   a   critical   condition   called   Urinary   Calculi   that affects   a   goat’s   overall   appearance   and   movement.   A goat     suffering     from     this     condition     may     try     to repeatedly   lie   down   and   get   up   while   moaning.   These are   the   most   common   symptoms   from   goats   who   are suffering from this illness: Worn out or hanging tail Dull looking coat Standing hunched Shaking head Shivering and moaning Gums are white in color Pregnant     goats     should     also     be     under     close observation   especially   during   labor   because   they   will show   unique   patterns   of   behaviour   such   as   repeatedly lying   down,   getting   up   and   stroking   their   paw   at   the ground while moaning. A   newborn   goat   which   has   low   body   temperature   is suffering   from   sickness.   When   the   newborn   goat   is shivering,   it   means   that   the   kid   is   dehydrated   and needs   a   lot   of   fluids.   Selenium   deficiency   in   newborn goats   is   also   noticeable   because   they   are   unable   to move their hind legs. eColi    infection    and    tetanus    are    the    most    common killers   among   baby   goats.   A   severe   diarrhea   together with   lethargic   movement   is   an   early   sign   of   e   Coli infection.   Baby   goats   with   diarrhea   also   indicate   that they   may   have   a   worm   infection   or   cocciciosis.   A   baby goat   who   has   malformed   rigid   neck   and   moves   by circling    around    indicates    tetanus    infection    or    goat polio.   Tetanus   infection   may   kill   the   baby   goat   within hours   while   goat   polio   may   take   a   longer   time   before it becomes fatal. It   is   important   for   the   goats   to   be   vaccinated   annually with    C/D    tetanus    to    prevent    diseases    such    as Enterotoxemia    or    otherwise    known    as    overeating disorder.   This   disease   is   caused   by   bacteria   known   as Clostridium   perfringens,   it   infects   the   stomach   of   the animal that causes poisoning and may lead to death. If   you   notice   any   of   these   sign   or   symptoms,   then   you should   act   quickly   and   let   your   sick   goat   be   checked by   a   licensed   veterinarian.   It   is   important   to   observe their    behaviour    and    physical    appearance    regularly.      When   you   notice   changes   and   symptoms   that   might cause   you   to   suspect   any   illness,   you   have   to   make sure   that   your   goat   gets   medical   attention.      Often- times,   early   intervention   will   get   your   goats   back   in healthy condition sooner rather than later. 
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