Enterotoxemia

Enterotoxemia (Over-eating disease)

Enterotoxemia, also known as “over-eating disease”, is caused by the bacterium

Clostridium perfringins. This bacterium is a normal inhabitant of the intestinal tract of

goats and normally, is not a problem. However, there are certain conditions which trigger

excessive bacterial growth in which lethal amounts of toxin are produced, resulting in

death of the animal. Enterotoxemia can have no symptoms or symptoms such as diarrhea

that are commonly confused with other diseases, so prevention is a MUST. Vaccinate

kids once a month from the time they are 1 month old until they are 5-6 months old. Be

sure to use a vivalent C&D vaccine. Treatment for the disease can be unrewarding, if

your goat has already been diagnosed. Recoveries are rare, but affected goats can be

treated with Clostridium antitoxin, pencillin and flunixen.