Hello all! I am new to this board. I hope I don't repeat something in this forum that has been reviewed before -- I tried to find something about it in the topics but from previous forum experience know that I may be repetative! I have tried to search through various internet sites to no avail. It could be so many things from the Merck Veterinary Manual that I have no idea what is going on. My goat is named Misty Lou and is 6 years old. I bought her as a registered dairy Nubian two years ago. She has always been a healthy goat and superior milker. She free-ranges our ranch (with exception at night) and doesn't have any real food threats out there to accidently eat. I supply a small handful of grain (the same grain every time since I have owned her) at milking time and a little alfalfa hay when I lock her in her pen at night. She has a salt and mineral block available to her at all times, although she accesses it rarely. This has been her standard diet for the past two years. Finally, she had three kids back in March and everything has seemed fine. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed that her rumen seemed large and firm. This was after breaking in to our pantry and eating fresh apricots, pits and all. I figured that she had overeaten and would get over it. From her overeating at that point, she of course had some diarrhea, but her system seemed to go back to normal that was recognizable. I have no idea if that is relational, but thought I would mention it. I have considered that she has some partial blockage from a pit that got stuck in there. Other than a larger-than-usual (and firm) rumen, she has not had any other problems these last couple of weeks. Her character, health and eating patterns are fine. Her poop regularity and make-up seems fine. She has definitely has not lost any weight and has seemed to gain a little weight just from the free-ranging. Because there have been no physiological issues other than an asymptomatic rumen, a friend suggested that I just watch and see. Well, last night I noticed something new. It *seems* like her blood vessels on the underside of her belly/chest area are swollen and snaking along her belly. Again, no off-character symptoms otherwise. I am disturbed by this. I am worried that the symptoms will escalate toward death and am hoping to figure out what is going on before she becomes sickly. I am thinking that these symptoms are relational (a swollen rumen is affecting the blood supply for her stomach area because of the extra size and weight, like pregnancy did for my own veins when I had children). Is there tortion in her intestines? Cancer? Parasites? Inbalance in her rumen? Nutritional deficiency? Most importantly, has anyone seen anything like this before? Any suggestions? Thank you for your time in reading this. I know it was long, but I try to supply as much information as I can to help resolve this.