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Pinkeye - Chlamydia

Infectious Keratoconjunctivitis

This bacterial infection is a major cause of abortion in goats. If a doe gets is exposed to Chlamydia, even if she never show actual signs of Chlamydia, the doe will abort the next time she gets pregnant if she is not treated.

This disease usually is acute and tends to spread rapidly. One or both eyes may be affected. It can be spread by flies. Young animals are affected most frequently, but animals of any age are susceptible.

The initial signs are:

  • Intolerance to light
  • Spasmodic winking
  • Tearing

Other possible signs:

  • Discharge from the eye(s)
  • Opaque eye
  • Inflammation of the cornea of the eye
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Mammary gland and uterine infection may also occur simultaneously with keratoconjunctivitis.
  • Appetite may be depressed due the fact the goat can't see well enough to find their food.
  • Can lead to permanent blindness

The clinical course of this disease varies from a few days to several weeks unless complicated by other diseases.



Give all goats in the herd shots of Oxytetracycline (click here for more information)

Also administer a couple drops oxytetracycline directly into the eye as well as giving the injections.


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