Dry, Hacking Cough

(reprinted by permission  from Pygmy Goat WORLD magazine, April. 1996)

Q.  Some of my goats have a dry, hacking cough. Friends have recommended various treatments that haven't worked. What can cause this?

Here is a response from Dr. Steven Parish, a large animal professor at Washington State University.

Some of the possible causes of a chronic dry hacking cough in goats:

So, it sounds like it could be something very simple or something more complicated. My suggestion is that if it persists, have a vet come out and take a look. It would be nice to have the vet visit your farm if several animals have the cough rather than taking just one or two animals in. During the visit, your vet may identify an environmental cause you have overlooked.

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