Disease Control

Only healthy dairy goats grow well, produce kids at regular intervals, produce milk and can live long productive life.

And its all due to goat health management and control of diseases.
Some diseases can be controlled by vaccination.

The table below shows some diseases and their control measures & treatment.

goat_diseasesRead below for symptoms of specific disease  and their control

Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia

(viral disease)

Symptoms

  • High fever.
  • Harsh cough.
  • A lot nasal discharge.
  • Grunting and grinding of teeth.
  • High mortality rate
  • The lung sounds are raspy (like paper rubbing)
  • At post mortem the thoracic cavity contains  a lot of fluid and adhesion of pleural to the lung surface

Treatment

  • None

Control

  • Vaccination twice a year

Mastitis

(bacterial disease)

Symptoms

  • Swollen udder.
  • The udder is painful to touch and hot.
  • The walking gait is not normal
  • The doe refuses to nurse the young

Treatment

  • Antibiotics

Control

  • Observe general hygiene

Brucellosis

(Bacterial Disease)

Symptoms

  • Abortion at around the final 4 -6 weeks of pregnancy
  • High fever
  • Diarrhoea

Treatment

  • Antibiotics

Control

  • Vaccination

Abscesses

(Secondary bacterial infection)

Symptoms

  • Supurative (pus developing) swellings
  • High fever

Treatment

  • Draining of pus and use of antibiotics

Control

  • Prevention from exposure to injuries and wounds

Foot rot

(Bacterial disease)

Symptoms

  • Lameness,
  • Foul smell in the foot

Treatment

  • Wash with copper sulphate

Control

  • Keep the goats in a clean and dry environment

PPR

(Peste des petits ruminants) – Viral disease

Symptoms

  • Emaciation,
  • nasal discharge,
  • Profuse (frequent) diarrhoea,
  • High fever

Treatment

  • None

Control

  • Vaccination

Rift Valley Fever

(viral disease)

Symptoms

  • Emaciation,
  • nasal discharge,
  • bloody diarrhoea,
  • High fever

Treatment

  • None

Control

  • Vaccination

Orf

(Viral disease)

Symptoms

  • Occurs in young kids in the first 6 month of life
  • Inability to suck or feed
  • Lesions (wounds) on mouth nose and on feet and genitals in severe cases

Treatment

  • None

Control

  • Vaccination

Enterotoxaemia

(Bacterial disease)

Symptoms

  • Convulsion,
  • Sluggishness,
  • Staggers
  • Loss of appetite
  • Affect animals in good condition
  • Death within 24 hrs

Treatment

  • Antibiotics in the early stages

Control

  • Vaccination