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Dairy Goat Diseases

Animal diseases can be put in check if you ensure that your animals have been given the proper vaccination, they are free of pests and they are fed with foods containing all the required nutrients. These are some of the common diseases that may affect goats;
  • Pneumonia
    o  It is a contagious disease referred to as CCPP infection occurs from contact with sick animals.
    o  Signs of Pneumonia are; high fevers with difficult, painful breathing and several deaths widespread in the affected area.
    o  Upon seeing any of these signs call a veterinarian immediately.
    o  Vaccinated your goats routinely.
    o  It is important for people to respect livestock movement regulations, which require that animals should be tested before transportation and introduction in an area.
  • Mastitis
    o  The udder becomes hot and painful. Milk may be watery and may contain clots.
    o  This disease can be avoided through improved hygiene, especially during milking.
    o  The veterinarian may give you antibiotics to apply to the teat opening. If your goat has a recurring problem of Mastitis, its infection may be from resistant bacterial strains and the treatment should be given with close supervision veterinary doctor.
  • Rift Valley Fever
    o  It is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It is therefore common after the rains when mosquitoes are many.
    o  People and un-infected animals can be infected through contact with discharges from affected animals and fresh meat.
    o  Signs of Rift Valley Fever are: Sudden onset of fever, listlessness, lack of appetite, unsteady gait, and nasal discharge of mucus laced with pus, profuse salivation, diarrhea and death in young animals and abortion in pregnant animals.
    o  Other diseases may resemble this, and so one should report to a veterinarian for confirmation of diagnosis
    o  It is controlled through vaccination and mosquito control.
  • Worms
    o  Worms are parasites that infest the digestive system of a goat.
    o  They can affect the performance of dairy goats, especially kids, who frequently die from heavy worm loads.
    o  During development, some worms migrate through the lungs, and this may cause or predispose the goats to respiratory problems.
    o  Worms should be controlled by routine application of de-worming medicines. Before you de-worm your goats, consult a veterinarian to help you determine which de-wormer is appropriate for your goats. Some de-wormers kill a broad spectrum of worms whereas other are for specific types.

 

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