- Treat penned goats for parasites (worms) every 21-30 days, or as directed by your vet.
- Tape worms do not show up on a fecal test, they look like grains of rice in fresh feces.
- Watch out for coccidiosis. Young kids will scour and go down quickly, treat with Albon, Corrid, or Sulmet give Fasttrack or probis to restart rumen activity. Coccidiosis can be verified by the vet with a fecal sample.
- Fungi - goats that travel can pick up diseases from other goats, pens, and trailers. Ringworm and the itch are common and both contagious to humans. Treat with betadine or nolvason ointment. Where gloves when treating. We spray our goats with a Kaptan or clorox solution before we load them up from a show. Also spray anything you took in the barn - show box, feeders, buckets, brushes, and the bottoms of your boots. This helps prevent bringing it home.
- If you goat is scratching check for lice or mites. Avermectins and topical applications (dips, spray on, & pour on) are available to control external parasites.
- Soremouth - wart like sores around the mouth. Can be transmitted to the doe's udder and to humans. Vaccines are available. Once a goat has had sore-mouth, they will not get it again.
- Bloat - the goat's gut is greatly distended and has trouble breathing or moving. This is serious and prompt treatment is required. Bloat can be treated by drenching with penicillin and pepto, if improvement isn't detected in 2-25 minutes, you may need to seek the help of a vet.
- Polio - this is a thiamin deficiency caused by a bacterial infection or treatment with a thiamin-depleting drug such as Corrid. The goat stumbles, is lame, and can't see. This needs to be treated immediately with large doses of thiamin.
- Keep tetanus and Extrotoximia (overeating) vaccinations up to date. Goats on heavy feed should be vaccinated every six months.
- Urinary calculi - calcium stones form in the male's urinary tract similar to kidney stones in people. Feed feeds with ammonium sulfate or ammonium chloride added or top dress your rations with these additives to prevent these problems. If your goat strains to urinate or just dribbles seek qualified help immediately. Keep ammonia chloride on hand and treat immediately (available by special order from most feed stores)