DAILY GOAT HEALTH CHECKLIST
Have you taken the time to really observe your goats today? Or did you merely glance at them while speeding through your chores? As we rush through our distraction-filled lives, we might not even realize we’re neglecting this essential task. I know I’ve been guilty of this for sure. But by making a conscious effort to slow down and focus on our herds each day, we learn what’s normal for each individual — and more easily spot what’s not. Bonus: Goats are super fun to watch!
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The following signs of illness/injury should raise a red flag:
Unusual lethargy or agitation
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Keeping away from the rest of the herd
Eating much more or less than usual. Ditto for drinking
Abnormal weight loss or weight gain
Unusual vocalizations, or vocalizing more than usual
Vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
Discharge from nose, ears, eyes, teats, etc.
Unusual skin swellings
Straining to urinate
Tremors, shivering, staggering or paralysis
Coughing or other respiratory distress
Limping, hunched back posture
Bleeding, blood in urine or stool
Hair loss, dull coat and/or extreme itching
Pale gums or eye membranes