I have had my Mini Nubian doe May for three years now, and every winter she develops what seems to be the same condition. She refuses to eat, stands away from the herd, doesn't move around much... even that very first winter, with my extremely limited goat experience (she and her mate, Kombucha, were my first goats), I could tell right away something was wrong. That first time it happened, I put her in the back of my SUV and drove her to the nearest goat vet. The vet checked several things and couldn't figure out what was wrong... until May squatted and peed. The vet tested the pee and told me May was in ketosis. I've done a bit of reading about ketosis since having this experience, and if I'm remembering right, a doe usually goes into ketosis when she's not getting enough nutrients from her food to nourish herself and her babies, either because (1) food is scarce, (2) there are multiple babies and it's difficult for her to consume enough nutrients for everyone, even when food is plentiful, or (3) the goat was very fat during the early days of her pregnancy (I'm not sure how that causes ketosis, but supposedly it does). Here's the conundrum. As far as I know, none of those conditions applied to May. She was pregnant, but only with one kid, and the vet said her body condition was good, which makes me think she was neither starving nor eating more than she should have been. So... yeah, I really don't know why she went into ketosis. The vet gave me some PG, suggested I start giving her a quarter of a flake of alfalfa every day (I had previously read somewhere that it wasn't good for non-lactating goats to eat alfalfa, so I wasn't giving her any at the time) and sent me on my way. It was a real struggle getting that PG down her throat, (and now I know why, after reading some stuff about it on here) but we managed, and to be fair it did get her back to normal fairly quickly. I've since learned that I can fix her up with some molasses or other sugary something instead. She doesn't offer to take it voluntarily or anything. Ha! Nothing so easy as that! I still have to force it down her throat with one of those syringey tube things. But from my limited reading on the subject I've concluded it's less bad for her, plus it saves me a vet bill and it saves May the stress of traveling and being away from her herd. So win-win. Anyway. The issue here is that May has developed what seems to be that same condition maybe about six different times now. I'm not going to claim that I know it's ketosis - reading articles about it online has only made me less certain, as some of them say ketosis happens only AFTER delivery when a doe is lactating, and that when a doe exhibits the same symptoms during pregnancy the condition is pregnancy toxemia, but then other articles seem to disagree. I mean, my vet called it ketosis, but I don't really know that vet and I know enough to know vets aren't always right. So... I'm straying from the point. Sorry. It's very late here and I'm very tired. My question is, what is going on with my goat and how can I prevent this from happening to her? She's got the same thing happening again right now. I'm in the process of "fixing" her by forcing honey down her throat a couple times a day and taking her the few foods she will nibble on (acorns, carrots, rose leaves, oak leaves). I'm confident now that I can get her well again, but I'd like to prevent this altogether if possible. We are going out of town for a couple of days after Christmas and I'm worried. If she goes into ketosis - or whatever it is - while I'm gone I don't know what will happen. I'm not sure I know anyone who would be willing to try to hold her and make her swallow honey or molasses, and even if someone was willing, I'm not sure I want to risk being responsible for someone getting hurt trying to fix my broken goat. Does anyone here have experience with this? What can I try to help her stay in normal digestion mode? Maybe there's something I can feed her to give her extra energy? The really weird thing is, I don't even think she's pregnant this year. I sold our only buck. There's a chance he might have bred her before I sold him, but I think it was too early. She's a fall breeder and I sold him in the first week of September. Oh, she gets plenty of exercise - she's in a big pasture with my other four goats and my two horses. About three acres of freedom. She gets about a quarter of a flake of alfalfa a day, which was what my vet recommended that time I took her in, plus lots of grass hay now that the pasture and browse is all dormant. Plus a few handfuls of MFM lactating goat and kid pellets twice per day (they contain copper, selenium, and cobalt sulfate, which I've gathered are important) and a handful or two of grain (I'm currently using whole oats), and sometimes a bit of my horse's senior feed because she likes it, and occasionally she decides she doesn't want to eat the MFM pellets and I need her to stand still while I milk her, and my equine vet said it wouldn't hurt her. She also has a natural salt/mineral block but I've just learned that it might be better to get loose minerals for the goats, so I might get some of that soon. I don't know. I've seen them use the block so I'm not totally convinced I need to switch to be honest. Gonna do more research on that. But yeah. That's all the info I can think to offer. If anyone can help I'd really appreciate it so much!!! Edited to add that I have five goats right now and none of the others have ever had these symptoms. They all share the same pasture and have the same diet (except only the milkers get the grain and pellets).