Emergency Care for Goats

Large Mammals

Even if you've done everything possible to prevent illness in your pet goats, problems can arise that require urgent veterinary care.  It is important to have a way to transport your goat in the event of an emergency, especially after hours.  Many people with miniature goats such as Nigerian Dwarf goats and Pygmy goats will use a large dog kennel for transport.  

Problems that would necessitate an urgent visit to us include:

  • A goat who appears bloated and uncomfortable, painful and/or depressed
  • A goat who has stopped eating and drinking and/or appears lethargic or overheated
  • A goat having trouble kidding (dystocia)
  • A goat who is limping or walking around on 3 legs
  • A goat that has been injured or wounded with uncontrollable bleeding
  • A male goat who is straining to urinate or who is otherwise acting ill and has not urinated normally
  • A goat who is laying down excessively and is unable or unwilling to get up
  • A female goat who has kidded recently but is acting ill or abnormally, or has a prolapsed uterus
  • A goat that is having trouble breathing or has a fever
  • A young kid who appears lethargic, is not nursing, and/or has diarrhea

These are only some examples of problems in goats that would require urgent veterinary care.  Please call our office if you are unsure if the problem your goat is having is an emergency.