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How to Prevent Staphylococcal Dermatitis in Goats



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Like people, goats are also prone to getting various diseases, staphylococcal dermatitis being one of them. Most often the staphylococcal dermatitis, or more commonly known as Staph, isn't lethal although if not caught in time it could be. Staph is a very common skin condition amongst goats and can spread quickly to the rest of the herd as well as to humans at times. It is important to wear gloves and disinfect your hands and tools after handling an infected goat. You should also leave the sick goat for last and tend to the rest of the herd first as this will lessen the chance of contamination.

Other than being transfered to your animals (or humans) through contact with another infected animals, staph can be contracted from objects in the environment being contaminated. Since staph is a very adaptive and opportunistic bacteria it is hard to eliminate and it can easily be carried on object or limbs after touching an infected animal, person or object. Goats living in areas with high humidity and heavy rains can be more susceptible to staph infections.

The infection will first show around the body parts that are most often in contact with the ground, such as stomach, teats, udders and legs. It can easily spread across the whole rest of the goats body. Staph can result in a goat becoming hairless with nasty sores and oozing scabs all over its body as it attacks the hair follicles causing the hair to fall out. 

At the current time there is no specific medication which targets the prevention of Staph infections in goats. Until a medical product for preventing staphylococcal dermatitis in goats is found, you should follow some common sense rules about raising your animals. First off make sure their environment is clean, it is important for the goats to have somewhere dry and clean to lie down on. If you bring any new additions into your herd or are around foreign animals make sure to wash/disinfect your hands. Goats with copper deficiency are more prone to skin diseases so take care that your goats receive the recommended doses of minerals.

There is a vaccination called Lysigin on the market which is given to healthy cattle and is said to aid in the prevention of mastitis which is caused by Staphylococcus aureus. It should be noted however that this vaccine can cause an Anaphylactoid reaction.

 

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