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Old 11-03-2006, 07:35 PM  
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Coughing goats

Anybody know what causes goats to cough? It started with one and now all 3 are. The vets are stumped.
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Old 11-03-2006, 08:02 PM  
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I know worms can cause coughing.

We had this happen to our goats last year, they started coughing AFTER being wormed, turned out there was mold in the hay.
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Old 11-03-2006, 08:56 PM  
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Do goats get lungworms?
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Old 11-03-2006, 09:17 PM  
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Call your vet , coughing is just a minor symptom to something that could be much bigger.
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Old 11-03-2006, 10:45 PM  
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We got our Pygmy first, no coughing. When we bought our Nubian, we went and looked at her(no coughing) and paid for her, but didn't bring her home until the previous owners showed her at our State Fair. Well, she caught something at the State Fair, and was coughing horribly when we brought her home. Then a week or two later, the Pygmy was coughing. They have eventually quit coughing but only occasionally, instead of constantly. It is rare and only once in a great while. I didn't call the vet, because I figured it was just a goat "cold" or something she caught from being around hundreds of other goats at the Fair. Don't know what to tell you, other than from personal experiance, the cough has almost completely gone away with my goats.
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Old 11-04-2006, 06:30 AM  
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This is my trainers goats. She raised an orphan and decided that the orphan needed goat friends. So she bought 2 new goats. She is very angrey with herself that she did not quarantine the new ones. One of the new ones was coughing and now 2 months later even the original goat is coughing. She feels just terrible that she may have brought something to her first baby.

Hola, the vets have been out many times. They just keep deworming them. She did send stool to them to see what they could find. Like I said in the first post, the vets are stumped. She is using a local vet and the vet school at Va Tech.

Lung worms were my first guess. But she said that they have been dewormed almost weekly for 5 weeks.
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Old 11-04-2006, 07:41 AM  
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I suggest going to Fiascofarm.com , they've been great at helping me with any questions I have.
Look around at there site , its VERY informative...
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Old 11-04-2006, 08:07 AM  
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infection

Have the vets suggested anything for a respiratory infection? I have no idea what it could be, but it seems that if they are being wormed for possible lungworms...an infection would be the next guess. I'll do some research from here and get back to you.
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Old 11-04-2006, 08:26 AM  
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If it were one, with a random cough, I'd say that it's likely cud getting stuck. (Remember that they are ruminents like cows.)

Have you looked at this site?? It's got LOTS of info on various illnesses of goats.

http://www.goatworld.com/articles/he...diseases.shtml
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:37 AM  
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http://www.fiascofarm.com/goats/respiratory.htm

I helped ya find the info Hola is talking bout.

Hola that is an excellent site
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Two types of lice are common in goat biting lice (Damalinia Caprae and Damalinia-limbata) and sucking lice (Linognathus stenopis). In both cases goat rub herself against fences, walls and trees. treated by use of Malathion or Diazinon or pouring of 5-10 ml of Tiguvon (an oil based insecticide).

Not related to coughing but something I have seen my goats doing and never gave it a thought it could be lice.

Thanks muttduck for the info. I couldn't believe all the things that can go wrong with a goat. SCARY
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My goat Peanut (a Lamanch) picked up a highly contagious "goat cold" at the county fair. His barn buddy Gabriel quickly got it, and both of them had to have antibiotics for about 2 weeks.

They had a steady cough, wet noses, but everything else was ok. They acted normal, just coughed, a lot.

The vet compared it to like kennel cough in puppies. Easy to pick up, has to be medicated to get it gone. Once one catches it, they all get it.

It wasn't transferable to the horses.

The cough sounded like they were exposed to dust or something, a constant dry *cough* *cough* *cooooooough* followed by a break to eat or drink, then more coughing.

It was gone half way through the antibiotic treatment.
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