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Rabies
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Rabies is a disease that can affect goats although it is considered to be somewhat rare. Mainly passed from such animals as dogs, skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons as well as any other mammal that could be infected from another mammal. In SE Colorado, it has been reported that prairie dogs can be carriers. Humans can also contract rabies, either through a direct bite or the saliva from an infected animal, so it is very important to recognize changes in behavior and some basic symptoms if they appear: drooling, inabililty to swallow food, depression, aggression, stupor, weakness, circling, excitation, blindness or any repetitive action. If not treated quickly, rabies is generally fatal. At the present time, there is no commercial vaccine available for goats.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.

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