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by Gary Pfalzbot
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Diarrhea in goats is a very common symptom that can attributed to many different causes ranging from a sudden change in feed, ingestion of poisonous plants, worms, or in more severe cases, a symptom of a virus or disease. Goat owners as a rule, always take into consideration the type of stool a goat produces on a daily basis. The "normal" stool are goat berries. Common diarrhea can usually be treated and cured by administering a dose or two of Pepto-Bismol followed by the use of probiotics to replenish the essential bacteria in the rumen of the goat. Persistent cases of diarrhea should be read as a warning symptom of other ailments. Obversely, a "clumped" stool should be regarded with the same concern as diarrhea.

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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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