Get them up and watch them urinate, the quicker you start treatment the greater your chance of survival. Give the remaining doses by mouth as follows: 12 hours, 24 hours, 48 hours after the first treatment. Prevention is much better than treatment. Make sure buckets are kept clean, I mean clean enough for you to drink out of clean. I take the frozen buckets and dump what I can and take them into the house to thaw to do the whole thing over the next morning. This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. Wethers on feed for show are put in an unnatural environment. Symptoms of Urinary Calculi may include, but are not limited to: Straining to urinate, yelling, grinding teeth, kicking at stomach, dribbles of urine coming out during attempted urination, prolonged stance in an extended position with no urination, bloat (due to the inability to release waters, the bladder will begin to fill up), and other signs of pain, distress, and discomfort. If your animal is at this stage his very life depends on treatment. You also should watch your male goats very closely, as treatment prognoses are better when UC is caught earlier. Proper feeding can reduce the risk of urinary calculi in goats. Diets low in roughage or high in phosphorus result in phosphorus having to be eliminated through the urinary tract. Feeding a high concentrate/low roughage diet, High magnesium or ammonia phosphate content diet, Feeding forage grown from silicate rich soils, High or improper mineral content in drinking water, Frequent illness or urinary tract infections, Feed frequent small portions of concentrates, Feed a concentrate with ammonia chloride added (0.5-1.5%), Have loose salt and minerals available (3-4% salt), Delay castration till the urethra matures, Straining - frequent non-productive urination, Abdominal discomfort - stretching, kicking, looking at their side, Crystals on their hairs around the prepuce (sheath). ***It is imperative to NOT force your animal to drink large amounts of water during this time. Stand over the goat with his head behind you, between your legs. ... Continue reading Diets for Male Goats: How to Prevent Urinary Calculi. There has been some success with a natural remedy to dissolve stones. Symptoms of Urinary Calculi include tail twitching in males, restlessness, anxiety and a "hunched-up" body posture as the animal strains to urinate. This is especially important because 100% of the dairy in our household comes from our goats, and our goal is to be as all natural as possible. Keep a rotation of buckets for your animals. Anemia in Goats: Treatment & Recovery. I’ll get a wether.”. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out /  Urinary Calculi requires immediate medical attention. Others have put in a stint that the goat will urinate out of. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Most veterinarians forward these surgeries onto a University clinic and charges can run upwards of $2,500. Catheterization is difficult under the best conditions, but with a blockage at the sigmoid flecture is almost impossible. The Underweight Goat: A Nourishing Regimen for Productive Weight Gain, Diets for Male Goats: How to Prevent Urinary Calculi, How to Build and Maintain a Strong and Functioning Immune System for Your Goats, The Rumen Rumors: How Goat Stomachs Work (Troubleshooting and Treating Digestive Issues). This is a big problem with some show-animal producers because they tend to take animals off long fiber and push concentrates. The addition of hay or some other type of long fiber to the animal's diet is absolutely critical to help avoid Urinary Calculi. So what is this menace, how do we treat it and better yet how do we prevent it from happening in the first place. Calcium stones will be more present in diets of high alfalfa, or with water sources that contain hard minerals. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Provide free choice loose mineral or salt mix. A male goat with this condition should be given at least 10ml of each every couple of hours until the goat is able to urinate. He went from perfectly fine and normal, to lethargic and unable to stand overnight. I put fresh water out in the afternoon in one set of buckets, and in the morning fill the buckets in the house with fresh warm water to take to the goats. I’m sure you’re thinking, “If too much grain is a leading cause for UC, why don’t I just not feed grain?” You are correct to think this, as grain/feed really isn’t necessary for most male goats. Goats will be discussed here but know that much of the information pertains to both species. This is a big problem because show-goat raisers take goats off long fiber and push them grain concentrates, creating an environment for development of Urinary Calculi. Depending on your confidence with treatments of your goats, you can try these yourself or go ahead and call the veterinarian. Change ). Home Remedy: As stated before, this is an option for treatment of Urinary Calculi. By: Robin L. Walters We rushed him to the vet, who assumed the problem was urinary calculi causing a full block of his urinary tract. Urinary Calculi is almost always the result of improper feeding by the producer. To contact an expert in your area, visit, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464). Urinary Calculi requires immediate medical attention. We have worked hard to make our goats as hardy and healthy as possible without relying on chemical treatments. Kidney stones are crystalized minerals that form in the kidneys. Make sure you concentrate contains 0.5 - 1.5% ammonia chloride added as a preventative. Removal of the urethra process is also indicated. Producers experiencing Urinary Calculi in their animals must change their feeding regimens. First things first, if you have wethers or even bucks making sure their diet is high in roughage and low in grain is imperative. 59% of the kidney stones that developed are calcium oxalate stones, 10% are calcium phosphate and 17% are uric acid. Always provide goats with an unlimited supply of clean, fresh water. Check your ratios for both ends of the scale. I have heard of this being done several ways, but be cautioned this is not to be taken lightly and most have to have constant treatment even after the surgery. Overfeeding or improper feeding of concentrates causes solid particles to develop in the urine; these solid particles block the flow of urine out of the goat's body, causing great pain, discomfort and oftentimes death. I work with people one-on-one to formulate safe diets for male goats, but the basics should be available to those who may just be surfing the ‘net’ and aren’t ready to reach out for a consultation yet! Remote Learning and Resources for Those at Home During COVID-19 Pandemic, Stay Informed With the MSU Extension Newsletter. A drench is made, given to the goat, and the goat is then laid on its back. If you must feed a concentrate feed to your wethers or bucks: All feed products are required to provide a feed tag on the bag. Goats need a 2:1 Calcium Phosphorus (Ca:P) ratio. What are Urinary Calculi? Urinary Calculi is a disease that can and does kill animals quickly. The twists and turns of the male urethra make passing solid particles difficult at best and impossible at worst. They don’t lactate, they don’t grow kids inside of them, and they really don’t have too much work to do (unless they are pack wethers, which should be treated the same as the growing/underweight category).