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How to protect your goats from illness?


Your goat needs to be properly nurtured so that it wouldn’t become susceptible to any kind of disease or illness. Here is how you should take care of your goat.
First of all, you need to look out for a visible sign of illness. It’s difficult to spot any weakness in these animals, but if you pay enough attention you will learn how to recognize those minor changes in the behavior of the goat.



A goat needs to have a healthy rumen in its body in order to digest properly. The lack of rumen bacteria can easily lead to illness. To prevent this, a goat should not eat too much grain, moldy hay or grain, dog food, et cetera. The result of dying bacteria is change in goat’s behavior, refusing to eat, its immobility.


It’s important to give a proper treatment to a goat and to prevent its condition from deteriorating. The rumen has to be detoxified, and it’s essential to have it contracted and ejected. Finally, it has to be replaced by normal bacteria. Milk of magnesia will detoxify which will lead to the encouragement of rumen contractions.


Miniature goats need to be given 2 ounces of milk of magnesia four times a day for two days. Dairy or Boer goats need to be given 4 ounces of milk of magnesia four times a day for two days. To restore normal bacteria again, provide your goat with 1⁄2 to 1 cup of yogurt per day or feel free to give it probiotics.



To keep your goats happy and healthy, provide it with browse and grain. A diet involving too much grain will cause indigestion. Be cautious when and if using antibiotics because they destroy rumen bacteria and can lead to a serious illness.