Strange sight and behavior

Discussion in 'Goats' started by TAdkins, May 2, 2005.

  1. TAdkins

    TAdkins Member

    Apr 20, 2005
    Has anyone seen loose skin under a goats neck at morning, then in afternoon it begins to swell. Goat acts like it don't feel well and is currently nursing twins. She will lay down every chance she gets. Have used serum. Don't know what this is. Any response appreciated, Thanks.
  2. debitaber

    debitaber Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    could be a form of toximia, I would get a vet. ASAP

  3. Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians

    Vicki McGaugh TX Nubians Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    North of Houston TX
    Actually it takes a pretty keen eye to see this start happening, but what you are seeing is the very beginnings of bottle jaw. Caused by anemia. The anemia is usually caused by worms but can also be from blood loss during delivery. Fluids pool in the neck, with her grazing with her head down it pools moreso in the neck region, eventually with the cause of the anemia not fixed, the neck will stay swollen even in the morning, just worsening at night. The swelling evenly distibutes around the neck at night as she lays chewing her cud.

    Fix the problem, worm her, then start building her blood supply back up with Red Cell, anything with lots of iron in it. B vitamins, good feed and hay don't let her have to fight others to eat. She will also have a hard time staying warm. If you have ever been anemic you know how lethargic your feel. You will be lucky if she has enough milk for her kids, and to make herself well.

    Might go over your worm managment, perhaps fecal sample to see if the wormer you are using is even working. The first problems with worms are always in your working stock, nursing moms, growing kids, heavily used bucks. Vicki