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

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by Gary Pfalzbot
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Pneumonia is a non-contagious, respiratory tract infection that can appear in many different forms, perhaps the most common being known as Shipping Fever. Pneumonia is most often seen when goats have been kept in crowded and unsanitary conditions, especially when the weather turns wet and warm. Pneumonia is a very swift killer of goats if not observed and treated in time. Pneumonia is usually characterized by a brightly colored nasal discharge in the early stages. As the infection progresses, the goat will most often lose total interest in food or water and usually begin to show signs of weakening. In my experience, a goat with pneumonia that still has even the slightest interest in food or water has a better chance of survival if a proper course of treatment is administered. Pneumonia is a condition that warrants IMMEDIATE action on the part of the goat owner.

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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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