my 2 yr old male Lamacha goat started walking with his front hoofs turned inward. Like hes trying to walk on the outside portion of both hoofs. His everyday walking has reduced quite a bit. Im pretty sure he is in some pain. His legs are not broke. HELP!
Type of Animal: Lamacha Goat
Name of Animal: Durango
Thank you for the question.
Please clarify it for me.
Are the claws of his hooves turning in as if he is "pigeon-toed"?
Are his legs bending like he is bow-legged?
his hooves are not pigeon toed. His legs are bow legged. I think they are more bowed due to him walking on the outside edges of his hooves. Thanks
Have you trimmed his hooves recently?
yes 2 weeks ago.
If Durango started walking abnormally after his hooves were trimmed, it may be that his feet are tender from the hoof trimming.
Another possibility is sore joints. Goats can develop arthritis (CAE) which could cause his joints to be sore.
You can treat him with aspirin at the dose of 5 mg. per pound (1 adult aspirin if he weighs 75 pounds). If Durango is still painful after three days of treatment, you should have your veterinarian test him for CAE.
he did not start walking abnormally after cutting. I keep all the hoof trimming up to date. When you say hoof trimming, I do not trim the actual hoof, but the nail.
Yes. Hoof trimming is trimming of the nail or claw.
That eliminates trimming as the cause of Durango's abnormal walking.
Try the aspirin treatment.
If that is not effective, arthritins needs to be ruled out.
That would be best done by an exam and testing.