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Bloat or just getting fat?

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by Babushka Blue, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. Jun 15, 2018
    Babushka Blue

    Babushka Blue Chillin' with the herd

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    Hi,

    I have had these guys for only about a month. The black one has always been a little bigger. I cant tell if thid would be considered bloat or if he is just getting a bit fat. He also has kinda shaggy hair which makes him fluffier. I fed him some grain mixed with baking soda a little while ago just in case. Wondering what the more experienced opinions are..
    He is bending over in the pic where he looks really big, so that may be a bit misleading. Also - the collage is the same pic three times. I couldnt figure out how to delete it. [​IMG]
     

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    Looks OK to me... :hu Generally when a goat has bloat, you don't want to feed additional grain... that just makes things worse. You want to restrict to water and hay only...
     
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    Babushka Blue

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    Thank you
     
  4. Jun 16, 2018
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    I have one that I was worried about, too. Has a larger abdomen than the others, but it's not firm if I push on her and she's in no distress. She's also much larger than the others all the way around so I wasn't sure if it's normal or not. Been just keeping an eye on her and no changes. Should we nix the grain for a few days?
     
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    No bloat, and not fat.

    Never judge the body condition by the belly. I would have a fecal checked, his belly isn't bloated, but he may have a bit of a "pot belly" if he has parasites or cocci. Do they have minerals? The black goat looks like he has a rough coats (could be cocci, parasites, mineral issues), and possibly a little underweight. The other goat in the pic looks like a little lean. Did the breeder have the kids on cocci prevention? What is their diet? How old are they?