When one of our goats get sick, I want to know why. Sometimes it’s unexplainable, and that can drive me a little crazy. I feel helpless because whether they get better or not, I have no way of knowing how to prevent it from happening again.
I do a good bit of research on finding ways that we can treat goats at home, without an expensive vet bill. There are times that a vet is needed, like when a mysterious illness occurs that I can’t seem to pinpoint or during a birthing emergency. But, usually when this happens, the outcome is not good. I have found also, that waiting until the next day is usually too late with a mysterious illness.
If you are not sure what is wrong and you can’t seem to find any information on the symptoms, call the vet. It really isn’t worth waiting. But, if you do have a diagnosis and it’s bloat, here is what you can do before calling a vet.
Early Symptoms of Bloat
a tight rumen area with a fuller left side
moaning or crying while kicking at belly
not chewing cud
no rumen sounds or belching
Now, goats are normally pretty wide. You want them to be. This one is pregnant, but normally she would only have slightly smaller sides. Notice both sides are pretty even.