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Hi, I have a 3 year old LaMancha goat that just kidded about three weeks ago.  I added sun flower seed to her diet about 2 weeks ago.  So I gave her sun flower seed, alf alfa, beet pulp and corn about 2 days ago and since then she has had her head turned to one side.  All her feed amounts to one coffee can full, which she has gotten for the past 2 years, except the sun flower seed.  Her neck is not drawed around toward her flank, just her head turned sideways.  I have checked for ear mites and her ear is clean and from what I can see in her mouth, she's not growing new teeth.  I have done some research on Listerosis and Polio, but she has no diarrhea, eats good, grazes with the other goats.  She doesn't stagger, she just holds her head side ways.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

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I would lean toward a traumatic injury in the absence of other signs. I don't think it has anything to do with diet. Could she have gotten butted by another goat? Have you checked to see whether it is painful (trying to move the head gently into normal position) Muscle spasm? You could try to massage if that side is really tight. But I think you need a veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis,

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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.

Organizations
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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