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I have two 2 year old female Nubian mix goats which I purchased last Spring. One has always eaten slowly and usually regurgitates near the end of eating. Prior to the regurgitation, she stretches her neck and cocks her head, as if working a lodged piece of food out for more chewing. After many tries at this she will throw-up some of what she has just eaten. She will do this when eating grain, grass, or twigs, but not bread or cooked oat meal. My other 2 goats never have this problem, maybe genetic. She shows no pain, just mild discomfort. The problem is getting worse and I am now a little worried. The seller told me this happened to another goat before, and it resolved itself with time but this might happen with my goat. Have you any suggestions?

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It is abnormal for a goat to regurgitate. She has an obstruction of some kind. It may be getting larger, which makes it harder to swallow. You really need a vet to determine what it is and whether it can be removed. It could be some kind of growth or other abnormality, or a pouch where food gets stuck. If she has had it since she was a kid, it may be a structural abnormality. Please let me know if you find out and good luck resolving the problem.

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Cheryl K. Smith

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Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)

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Publisher of Goat Health Care, www.goathealthcare.com. I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

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American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)

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Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

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BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

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