Monday, July 4, 2016

Common Goat kid illness: Summer Pneumonia

This is, behind Coccidia, probably the number one killer of goat kids.

It sneaks up on the new or inexperienced goat owner, and before you know the animal is ill (especially if you aren't bottle raising), the kid has died quickly.

"Wet weather, hot temperatures coupled with high
humidity can be very stressful to goats. This type of pneumonia is a silent killer in many
cases. One morning the goat appears fine, and that afternoon he is down and dying."

This summer has been a prime set up for this awful illness, and you will find it in calves, as well.

At the first sign a kid doesn't run for his bottle, finish the whole bottle, seems to lag behind, cough or just seem a bit off, reach a temperature and get BANAMINE and Nuflor or another good RX antibiotic like Baytril or Naxcel started right away. You DO NOT HAVE TIME to waste. Kids will not just get over this illness.

Learn about treatment options here and here



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington