Colds, Coughs, Sneezing, Lumps
Colds, Cough, Sneezing, Lumps
Symptoms: runny nose with clear to white snot, cough, no temperature
Treatment: Maintain a clean housing environment, well-ventilated and draft-free. Give probiotics. Do not give antibiotics when there are only cold symptoms. Antibiotics wreak havoc on the digestive system in goats.
Symptoms of Other than Cold – Goats can be very prone to Pneumonia. Runny nose with green snot (not cud or grass), raspy lungs, temperature
Treatment: Maintain a clean housing environment, well-ventilated and draft-free. Give probiotics. Give aromatherapy or a vaporizer with Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, and Thyme essential oils, or Vick’s Vapor Rub. Oxytetracycline (if the goat is not pregnant) OR Penicillin (if goat is pregnant).
Cough – Usually a sign of lungworms.
Treatment: Use Ivomec de-wormer.
Sneezing – Usually nothing to worry about. Allergies, dusty or moldy hay, or alfalfa hay may cause sneezing. Goats will also sneeze during play or to sound an alarm.
Lumps in Goats – Milk Neck, Bottle Jaw, Caseous Lymphadenitis, Vaccines
Milk Neck occurs on a kid goat and is a soft swelling/lump on the chin or throat where the chin and throat meet. Milk Neck occurs from a kid milking on a heavy milk producing doe. There is no treatment and the lump/swelling will go away on its own after the kid is weaned.
Bottle Jaw usually occurs in adult goats and not kids. It is a soft swelling/lump on the jaw or chin. The Treatment: Worm the goat immediately. If not treated, the goat could die.
Caseous is a hard lump, usually about the size of a quarter located near a lymph gland. Any hard lump should be inspected by a vet.
Vaccination lump is a hard lump near a injection site. There is no treatment. The lump should go away on its own, but could take up to a year to disappear.