If your goat is limping, how do you figure out what is wrong and what do you do about it? .
Ask yourself these questions: What was happening in the goat's life when the lameness appeared? What was the goat doing? Who was it with? Was it recently put into a new herd or with members of the opposite sex? Don't make this situation complicated. It is usually the simplest thing that caused the problem. THINK LIKE A GOAT.
If the limping goat is a newborn or very young kid, there are several possibilities:
(1) Crowding in utero may have caused stretching or contraction of leg muscles and the kid cannot stand properly when born. The kid may need assistance standing to nurse for several days until it gains strength in its legs;
(2) Joint Ill, which is an infection in the (usually) front knee joints from bacteria wicking up a wet umbilical cord;
(3) Hooked by horns and thrown by another kid's dam if it got too close to her;
(4) White muscle disease (selenium deficiency AKA nutritional muscular dystrophy);
(5) Floppy Kid Syndrome, although this is more staggering than limping;
(6) Injection site reactions;
(7) Weak Kid Syndrome, although this is more tripping and staggering than limping;
(8) Injury from predators, playful dogs, or unthinking/careless people;
(9) Goat polio, although this is more staggering than limping.
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If the limping goat is a young kid or an adult, several possibilities exist that could cause it to limp:
(1) Hoof rot or hoof scald;
(3) Injured by an animal, person, or another goat;
(4) Injured from getting caught in a fixed object, like fencing or other materials that should not have been left out for goats to access;
(5) Hypocalcemia ("milk fever") in a pregnant doe;
(6) Meningeal deerworm infection;
(7) Listeriosis , although this is more staggering than limping;
(8) White Muscle Disease (selenium deficiency);
(9) Hypocalcemia, although this is more the dragging of hind legs than limping;
(10)Injection site reactions;
(11)Stroke or seizure.
This is not a comprehensive list but rather an overview from which to begin. When diagnosing the problem, you must start by eliminating what it is not and work toward what it might be. You must also have on hand appropriate medications and supplies to correct the problem once you diagnose it.
Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch. 3.2.20
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