Pink Eye


This disease is usually caused by Chlamydia or Mycoplasma in goats, and is not related

to Moraxella bovis, which causes pinkeye in cattle. It is contagious, but species specific.

Pinkeye can be brought on by stress. Early signs of Pinkeye include runny, red, and

swollen eyes. The dark part of the eye (cornea) becomes hazy and then turns opaque

(clouds over). The goat begins to lose its sight. If left untreated, blindness can occur.

Most goats recover without any treatment however, so be certain the treatment you

choose does not cause any harm. If the eye looks like it is going to rupture, a

conjunctivial or third eyelid flap should be used to protect the eyeball. If your goat has

been diagnosed with pinkeye, there are a few means of treatment. If the eye has not

ulcerated, apply tetracycline (Terramycin) ophthalmic ointment three or four times a day

(minimum twice a day) , using disposable gloves to prevent spread of the infection.

Powders and aerosols are not recommended because they can be more irritating

especially if the eye is ulcerated. In severe cases of Pinkeye, injectable oxytetracycline

(LA200 or equivalent) may be used in addition to topical eye ointments. If the goat is

pregnant, however, remember that oxytetracycline is known to interfere with bone and

teeth formation in the unborn kid.