Thursday, January 5, 2017
Diarrhoea in goats.
Diarrhoea is usually a sign of an underlying condition,its not a disease on its own. Diarrhoea is usually from infectious or non infectious origin,but whatever the cause the consequences are severe and usually fatal in young animals if untreated. The common causes of diarrhoea in goats are worms,coccidia,E.coli ,salmonella, viruses and nutritional factors and the treatment is based on identifying the root cause and treating accordingly.The goats are usually weak, with inappetence,fever and pasty feces. The color,component and odor of the feces also defer depending on the cause of the diarrhoea. Prevention is usually by good bio security protocols such as cleaning pens regularly,proper waste management , keep farm rodent-proof, isolation of new animals to farm before mixing with old stock and the preventive protocols such as deworming,and provision of uncontaminated feed. Treatment is based on the cause of the diarrhoea and also using the follow steps ; 1) separate the sick ones from the others. 2) give fluid to replace lost electrolyte. 3) use of kaolin.