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My name is ***** *****, I have a 13/14 year old goat that

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Hi my name is ***** ***** Phillips, I have a 13/14 year old goat that has started having hay/grass hanging out of his mouth. He can eat goat feed after I pull all the grass out. I wormed him just to make sure that wasn't the problem. What do you think I need to do?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I am afraid that the expert you have requested is not currently available. Still I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now while worms can certainly cause weight loss in our goats, they won't often cause the signs you are reporting. Instead, this inability to fully eat grass he is grazing suggests that we have an oral based issue. At his age, the most common cause is dental disease and tooth loss. That said, we can also see this secondary to oral infections, abscesses, tongue damage, and masses. As well, though much less common, we can also see this related to nerve or muscle dysfunction in the jaw.

With all this in mind, it'd be ideal to have his vet (or if you are keen) fully examine his mouth. If we have an infection, wound, or abscess; then antibiotics would be indicated. If we have a tumor or tooth loss; then those can be trickier since there isn't a cure for them. Still, our approach in those causes would be palliation. Often we find that feeding short chopped hay and high fiber pelleted feeds of benefit to get that fiber into him even if he cannot manage the long grasses. As well, we will sometimes use pain relief (ie non-steroidal anti-inflammatoreis) if we suspect discomfort. Together, we can often keep them comfortable for a good wee while.

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Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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