Hi There, My 4 yr old Anglo numbian has developed white hard bumps on his nose and mouth. He doesnt appear to be ill as he is still eating, i have had him him for one month. I only have two of them and i am new to goat keeping. Could anyone advise me on what it might be please.
Until you find out if it is sore mouth or not be sure to wear gloves when handling your goats. Sore mouth is a viral disease which is contagious to humans as well as your other goat.
If you haven't done so already seperate him from the other.
Not much you can do if it is sore mouth. You can put some antibacterial ointment on the sores but it pretty much has to run it's course. I read it takes 2-3 weeks.
Put neosporin or equivalent, (not sure what they have in your area!) on daily, wear gloves sore mouth is very contagious, also separate the affected goat into a separate pen where he can't touch the others. good luck! It should clear up a week or two. I've also read genetian violet cures sore mouth
I would use the purple horse spray here, Cetrigen spray, or True blue. The purple spray has an anti fly to help keep flys from making things worse. Gentian Violet found at your local drug store is also another great solution to this problem. Everyone is right it is contagious. The good thing about it is once you have an outbreak it should not come back. Kinda like chicken pocks. I would not use neosporin myself this will not dry out the sores. The only way to deal with this is to let it run its course but you do not want to keep it moist as it will take longer to dry out. You want it to dry out, that is the key. Without nursing kids on the ground you should be fine during this time so just keep one of these items on it and let it dry out. Worst case it should be about 3-4 weeks for you to rid of it. If it is in dead sore mouth. Mild cases can last a week to 2.
Thank you so much for all of your replies. As i live on a tiny Island with no vets close to hand, i emailed a photo to the vet on the mainland. He looked at it closely and feels that it is a reaction to a herb on the field. I am treating it with Aloe Vera on it at present. The Vet assures me that our Islands have never had any cases of Sore mouth and he is confident that it is not that. So i am hoping he is right in his diagnosis. I will photograph the goat over the next few days and email him new pics so we can monitor it. I think i will also use, as suggested some genetian violet too as a precaution. I will keep you all posted on how things turn out. Thank you once again for all your help.