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Bones and Bone Health
by Gary Pfalzbot
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To the average person raising goats, the bones or skelatal structure of a goat may not seem of great importance. However, there are two areas of interest that any goat owner should be at least familiar with: Broken Bones (what to do) and, Bone Health, or perhaps better termed, ensuring that your goats have good bone development and ongoing good bone health throughout their entire lifetime. This section will touch upon the basics of both areas of interest, and provide information, real life scenarios, as well as links to other sources of information.

Many goat owners will at one time or another find themselves faced with a goat that has a broken bone, more often than not, a leg. This appears to be the most common occurence in goats. Ribs are also broken from time to time, generally the result of rutting season behavior, but one must not overlook the fact that it is in many goats nature to dominate one another, for their place in the pecking order of a herd.

For the goat owner that has discovered his or her goat has a broken leg, the best advice one can give, is to call a veterinarian as they have the x-ray equipment and tools to properly set a broken bone, and get the goat back to health.

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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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