Goats/Goat Dry Cough

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I just bought two dwarf Pygmy female goats two weeks ago and noticed one had a dry cough the day after bringing her home. I researched, and read that it could be seasonal allergies, from the travel , possible blue exposure to insulation.  There are no other symptoms. I'm puzzled what to do. She has been eating, playing, acting normal with the the other doe. I wormed them with Dumor on October 1st, but her cough was before that even. I feed her a good grain from Souther States with Corn, & grain. She has access to fresh straw & is in a fenced area, new shed that is cleaned, fresh food & water everyday.

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HI Jean
Goats are highly susceptible to getting shipping stress when there is a change in  home, feed, water, separation from others in the herd -  symptoms are pinkeye, pneumonia,heavy wormload,cocci -

Are you using the very same diet they had before at the old home?  if  you get new goats it is always best to duplicate it  as close as you can.. perhaps buying some hay and feed from the previous owners and then gradually changing the diet  - have you taken a rectal temp? normal is 101.5 to 103.5  anything higher suggests  fever - pneumonia can come in various forms with varying symptoms - usually with fever but not always -

Dumor pelleted dewormer is not a good choice, you need to get either Ivomec PLUS injectable dewormer or Valbazen oral suspension dewormer. Both of these are very good  and effective, pelleted dewormer while easy to use is not very effective.

Access to fresh Straw or hay? goats do not eat straw, it is used for bedding  (never us wood chips or shavings- this will get in the lungs) Goats need fresh good quality mold FREE hay  - fed either twice a day or better free choice to nibble on all day - make sure there is no mold in your hay ever -  it can be deadly.

She may have gotten something in her throat or may have a n allergy or pneumonia..  I think in your case  not being sure with these goats being new and all I would have a vet  who is experienced with goats to do a check on her and the other one - to be safe

Adding links to info on deworming and feeding for you to read

Pneumonia: http://goat-link.com/content/view/77/57/
Deworming: http://goat-link.com/content/view/58/46/
Ivomec PLUS: http://goat-link.com/content/view/40/168/
Valbazen:  http://goat-link.com/content/view/39/168/

Feeding Goats: http://goat-link.com/content/view/98/85/

I would call a good vet  as soon as you can and have a full exam done on her and her  pen mate

ALSO could be a sign of lungworm - http://goat-link.com/content/view/136/143/

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