Veterinary advice should be sought before applying any treatment or vaccine.

Choke is a common term for an obstruction of the goat's esophagus, usually caused by the ingestion of feed with abnormal consistency and foreign bodies (straw, apples, carrots, shavings, corn cobs, etc). Partial or complete obstructions can occur, and range from mild to severe damage to the goat's esophagus. Choke can result in a number of complications.

Symptoms

Excessive salivation
Coughing
Food particles dripping from mouth and nostrils
Repeated head and neck extension
Difficulty swallowing
Muscle spasms
Anxiousness

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Endoscopy
  • Ultrasound

Treatment

Treatment TypeDetails
Sedation and muscle relaxation
Spasmolytic therapy
Nasogastric intubation
Flushing
Standing oesophageal lavage
Lavage under general anaesthesia
Oesophagotomy
Fluid therapy
Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory therapy

Prevention

  • Soak feed and hay
  • Feed goats at regular intervals

Article Reference

    Risk Factors

    • Goats that bolt their feed down quickly
    • Previous history of choke or trauma to the esophagus
    • Feeding goats at irregular intervals
    • Goats with dental problems or overdue for teeth floating
    • Feeding goats that are dehydrated or exhausted

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