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Symptoms of Diseases in GoatsHeartwater_Goats

It is very important that you observe your herd on a regular basis. By doing so, you will be able to see manifestation of diseases through the symptoms exhibited. Goats, like other domesticated animals, suffer with a variety of diseases; these diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other non-infectious agents. Some diseases are difficult to identify because many of them share similar symptoms. The important clinical symptoms of the diseases listed on this site only serve as a guide to help the animal owner detect illness at the earliest stage. If you suspect a serious health issue with  your goat, it is best to contact your veterinarian. As an animal owner you can take some steps to prevent further deterioration in the condition of the animal until it is brought under the supervision of a goat health specialist.

Abnormal Body PostureCaprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE),
Abnormal BreathingAcidosis, Nitrate/nitrite Poisoning, Tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis), Verminous Pneumonia (Dictyocaulus filaria), Anthrax, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia, Melioidosis, Allergies/Insect Stings, Bloat, Heartwater
Abnormal MilkMastitis, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE), Enterotoxemia
AnemiaCoccidiosis, Barber Pole Worm, Blood Parasite –(Anaplasmosis), Lice, Fleas or Ticks, Caseous lymphadenitis, Tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis), Copper Deficiency, Babesiosis (Red Water), Flukes or Flatworms (Internal Parasite), Stomach and Intestine Roundworms, Trypanosomiasis
AnorexiaCaseous lymphadenitis, Listeriosis, Mastitis, Pregnancy toxemia (ketosis), Urolithiasis (Water Belly/ Cystitis), Pneumonia, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia
Bad OdorFoot rot, Coccidiosis
BlindnessEnterotoxemia , Coccidiosis (Internal Parasite), Polioencephalomalacia
BloatAcidosis, Urea poisoning
Blood in MilkMastitis
Blood in UrineUrolithiasis (Water Belly/ Cystitis), Babesiosis (Red Water)
Blood lossLice, Stomach and Intestine Roundworms
Bloody DiarrheaAnthrax, Enterotoxemia, Coccidiosis (Internal Parasite), Nairobi Sheep Disease
Bottle JawLiver Fluke, ( Barber Pole Worm)-Parasitic gastroenteritis, Stomach and Intestine Roundworms
ConstipationTape worm, Milk Fever
Circular Lesions(Face, Shoulder, Neck, Eyes)Ring worm (Fungus)
Coughing/SneezingTuberculosis (M. tuberculosis), Verminous Pneumonia (Dictyocaulus filaria), Pneumonia, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia, Melioidosis
Constant BleatingBloat
Dandruff on the SkinMange (Sarcoptes, Demodatic and Psoroptes)
DehydrationCoccidiosis, Acidosis, Barber Pole Worm, Peste Des Petits Ruminants
DepressionListeriosis, Mastitis, Pregnancy toxemia (ketosis), Urolithiasis (Water Belly/ Cystitis) , Encephalomalacia (PEM) /Polioencephalomalacia (PEM), Rabies, Pneumonia, Anthrax, Colibacillosis (Scours), Johne’s Disease, Melioidosis, Milk Fever, Enterotoxemia, Babesiosis (Red Water), Heartwater
Diarrhea/ScoursEnterotoxemia, Coccidiosis, Chlamydial Abortion, Johne’s Disease (M. Paratuberculosis), Liver Fluke, (Barber Pole Worm)-Parasitic gastroenteritis, Tape worm, Brucellosis, Acidosis, Stomach and Intestine Roundworms, Peste Des Petits Ruminants
Discharge from Eye (Ocular Discharge)Pinkeye, Verminous Pneumonia (Dictyocaulus filaria), Contagious Agalactia
DizzinessInsecticides (Aldrin, Endrin Chlordane and Dieldrin)
Drooping EarsListeriosis
Dry Patches on SkinFungal Disease (Ringworm), Mange
Excessive SalivationListeriosis, Allergies/Insect Stings, Rabies
FeverCaseous lymphadenitis, Mastitis, Coccidiosis, Goat Pox, Hemorrhagic Septicaemia (P. multocida) , Tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis), Pneumonia, Anthrax, Contagious Agalactia, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia, Listeriosis, Melioidosis, Babesiosis (Red Water) , Heartwater, Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Nairobi Sheep Disease
Frothing (Foaming From the Mouth)Rabies, Bloat, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia
Grinding of TeethCoccidiosis
Hair Loss Mange (Sarcoptes, Demodatic and Psoroptes), Ring worm (Fungus)
Head PressingEnterotoxemia
Inflammation Between The ToesFootrot, Contagious Ecthyma
Inflammation of hair folliclesRing worm (Fungus)
LamenessFootrot, Foot and Mouth Diseases Virus, Brucellosis
LethargicBarber Pole Worm, Mastitis, Acidosis, Urolithiasis (Water Belly)
Lies down/ Unable to riseGrass Staggers, Pregnancy Toxemia, Enterotoxemia
Loss of AppetiteCoccidiosis, Anthrax, Mastits, Rabies, Contagious Agalactia, Johne’s Disease, Listeriosis, Melioidosis, Bloat, Encephalomalaci/Polioencephalomalacia (PEM), Urolithiasis (Water Belly), Heartwater, Peste Des Petits Ruminants, Goat Pox
Low Milk ReproductionBarber Pole Worm, Footrot, Contagious Ecthyma, Coccidiosis, Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), Copper Deficiency, Johne’s Disease, Streptothricosis, Bloat, (Blood Parasite)-Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis (Red Water), Lice, Stomach and Intestine Roundworms, Rabies, Rift Valley Fever
Low Reproduction(Blood Parasite)-Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis (Red Water)
Nasal DischargeVerminous Pneumonia (Dictyocaulus filaria), Pneumonia, Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia, Melioidosis, Nairobi Sheep Disease, Peste Des Petits Ruminants, Goat Pox
Nervous/TremblingGrass Staggers
Painful UrinationUrolithiasis (Water Belly)
Pale Mucus MembraneBarber Pole Worm
Paralysis ParesisListeriosis
Poor GrowthCoccidiosis, Barber Pole Worm, Soremouth, Babesiosis (Red Water) , Flukes or Flatworms (Internal Parasite), Lice, Stomach and Intestine Roundworms
Red EyesPink Eye
Rough or Dull Hair CoatsCoccidiosis, Baber Pole Worm, Liver Fluke, Copper Deficiency, Johne’s Disease, Scrapie, Goat Pox
Salivation/SeizuresRabies, Encephalomalacia/ Polioencephalomalacia (PEM), Listeriosis
Scab or blisters by mouth

Contagious Ecthyma (Soremouth), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Peste Des Petits Ruminants, Goat Pox
Scabs (Body)Mange, Goat Pox
Severe ItchingMange
Small Blisters (toes)Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)
Sore AnusAnthrax
Sore VulvaAnthrax
Sores (Eyes)Contagious Ecthyma (Soremouth)
Sores (Scrotum)Contagious Ecthyma (Soremouth)
Sores (Vulva)Contagious Ecthyma (Soremouth)
Sores CheekRift Valley Fever
Sores TongueRift Valley Fever
Sores(Ears)Contagious Ecthyma (Soremouth)
Strain to UrinateUrolithiasis (Water Belly)
Swallow Belly/Hay BellyLiver Fluke
Swollen JointsBrucellosis, Contagious Agalactia, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Syndrome
Swollen TesticlesBrucellosis
TremorsUrea poisoning, Copper Deficiency, Enterotoxemia, Scrapie
Udder SwellingMastitis, Contagious Agalactia
Ulcerative Lesions(Inside Lower Lips/Gums)Peste Des Petits Ruminants
Usual Discharge from VaginaMastitis
VomitsMilk Fever
Weight Loss/Off FeedFootrot, Caseous lymphadenitis, Stomach and Intestine Roundworms, Johne’s Disease (M. Paratuberculosis), Tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis), Copper Deficiency, Streptothricosis, Barber Pole Worm, Coccidiosis (Internal Parasite), Trypanosomiasis, Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis Syndrome
Worms Barber Pole Worm, Flukes or Flatworms (Internal Parasite), Stomach and Intestine Roundworms, Ring worm, Tape worm

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