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Ketosis in Goats: What is It and How to Prevent It?

Inside: Ketosis in goats: how to prevent this condition, the symptoms and the treatment. It is preventable and you can help your goat avoid it. This is one post in our Raising Goats series. 

Although I worked in an Alzheimer home in Boise when I was going to school, I can’t say that I had or gained a passion for the medical side of life. Truly, it was a wonderful experience working with and helping the residents but it wouldn’t become a long-term profession.

So, when I first heard the word “ketosis”, I said, “huh??”

But it is an important term to know when you are dealing with goats who have recently kidded and their health.

As a goat owner, it is your primary responsibility to provide your goats with adequate nutrition so that you never have to work on the treatment side of these problematic conditions.  

Let’s start off by answering the question:

What is ketosis in goats?

  • It is a metabolic condition after kidding
  • Ketosis is a metabolic problem caused by an animal living on its own body reserves because it has stopped eating food. The higher nutritional needs of a doe continue as they did in the last weeks of her pregnancy because now she is producing large quantities of milk. So a doe in the early stages of lactation may experience a net loss of energy.  Usually, four to six weeks after kidding, the doe’s hormonal stimuli for lactation overcomes the effects of inadequate food intake.

 

The metabolic condition BEFORE kidding. 

•Take a moment to use our “Easy Goat Gestation Calculator”. 

 

Ketosis in goats can be a very detrimental condition for your herd. What else do you need to know about this condition?

• Prevention is key:

• Never should the doe be excessively fat.

• Any changes in diet should be introduced slowly. The addition of protein grain concentrate not only is important for the health of the doe and kid during pregnancy but for the health of the goat as she begins lactating.

• Allow the goat to eat as much as she needs of good quality hay

• Symptoms to watch for:

• In its mildest form, does will have irregular milk production and days of inactivity.

• In its severest form, there will be a decrease in appetite and milk production along with a rapid loss in condition. Her droppings will be hard and will tend to have pointed ends, like in the picture provided below. She may seem depressed and may show signs of abdominal pain. There may even be a “sweet corn” (acetone) smell on her breath or in the milk.

ketosis

• A drooping tail and depressed look also indicate a sick goat:

sick goat with ketosis sick goat: ketosis

  • Treatment:
    1. The treatment for ketosis will generally be the same as for pregnancy toxemia: correct the does energy balance as quickly as possible through direct energy supplementation.

 

Treatment for “Pregnancy Toxemia”

What You Need to Know About Nutrition During all the Stages of a Goat’s Pregnancy

What you need to know about “Hypocalcemia” in Goats

A Complete List of What You Will Need for Kidding

 

As you can see, nutrition is key. It can’t be said any simpler than that. 

You can read more about ketosis in goats here and here. Happy learning!


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Delci Plouffe is passionate about teaching others how to be more self-sufficient and ultimately God-sufficient. Read Delci's inspiring comeback story, "From Bad Blood to Crazy Goat Lady." Feel free to send Delci a message here.

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