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we have something that i've noticed recently a goat will start limping and then after couple of days or so would get better and then a diff one would limp and then get better and even one of our dorper rams started limping. is there something that i need to worry about. and one of our bucks always picks up his right hind leg like trying to scratch or twitching. also i found one of our 2 to 3 months old doeling screaming and stargazing and looking up and then walks and sits its weird. can you help me please. thank you and God Bless

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HI ,
How wet is it there where you are? Could be foot rot.. could be something like a dip or hole in the yard or pasture  they are stepping on/in and twisting their ankle? Could be mud clotted between the toes.. or rocks- fire ants could also cause this.. without knowing more detail..  you need to look for external issues that could case similar things to happen to multiple animals..
What are they exposed to feed wise? the 4 month old..  is she showing other symptoms? do you have anything moldy they cold be eating?  did she get into the grain barrel or sacked feed?  Anyone around that could be giving her something to eat that is not  good for her? Sounds like possible listeriosis starting up with her..  this is a good article that explains it and also helps you to know how to treat it. http://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com/articles2/listeriosis.html
The buck that has been holding his leg up like he wants to scratch..  is he urinating normally? Does he eat a lot of concentrated feed or grain? Read this and see if it sounds like him.. if so you may want to contact your vet.
http://goat-link.com/content/view/67/49

hope this sheds light on things..  

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Specializing in New Goat Owner understanding of goat physiology, goat anatomy, goat care and herd management. *I am not a veterinarian, any advice and information should be verified by your veterinarian before administering to your goats. (! During times of severe weather in the Midwest, I may experience a delay in internet service due to the interference of the satellite reception - but will answer your questions as soon as service is restored. !) Note: Keep in mind, the goat expert is volunteering her time to help other goat owners, she also runs her farm with her own herd of 100 goats and may not be at her computer at all hours. Questions are answered as soon as she can possibly read and answer them, usually within 24 hours.

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