Colds, Coughs, Sneezing, Lumps


Colds, Cough, Sneezing, Lumps

General Colds

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.