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"Coccidiosis" (see also Goats & Health or Goats & Nutrition)

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by Gary Pfalzbot
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Coccidiosis is a condition that is caused by a parasitic protozoan and is most often characterized in young kids by an onset of ill health and diarrhea that does not respond to usual treatments. Coccidiosis, often referred to as cocci, is species specific which means each species of animal has its own strain. In severe cases, blood will be observed in the fecal matter. Goats develop an immunity with age even though it may be present in the fecal matter of older goats. This is why some breeders prefer to not allow kids to graze with adults. Coccidiosis can be treated with relative ease but it does require IMMEDIATE attention on the part of the goat owner or death may occur rather quickly. Many commercially mixed feeds contain ingredients to prevent coccidiosis. It is also believed that the incidence of this condition can be greatly reduced by supplying the proper amount of copper in the young goats diet.

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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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