Posted by GoatWorld on December 29, 2000 at 12:27:57:
In Reply to: Coughing doe posted by Freud on December 29, 2000 at 10:50:47:
It sounds to me like lungworms. When is the last time that you wormed her and with what wormer did you worm her with? Dosage?
Another possibility is something environmental. Have you introduced any new things into her enviroment? Wood, feed, medications, etc? I know if I stand too long in our rabbit room, I start coughing my head off though I don't think I'm allergic.
I used to notice this "coughing" every now and then with our goats until I started regularly worming and doing fecals. It seems to be a good indicator that it is time to worm. Some of our goats cough and the fecals reveal worms. Some of them don't cough at all and reveal worms as well.
The coughing part itself (in my experience so far) only really points to this -- if it were something like Pneumonia, there is the greatest probability of nasal discharge. Allergies are quite the same too - just a different colored discharge. Of course there are other things that coughing could indicate - but these things are more extreme - lung abcesses, etc.
You mentioned that she is eating fine and otherwise healthy so I take it her fecal matter is normal as well. It really does sound like it's time to worm to me.
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