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The [#1 Thing] to Know to Prevent Pregnancy Toxemia in Goats

You may have clicked on this information not knowing what pregnancy toxemia is and are wondering if it’s something you should be worried about! So, what is pregnancy toxemia in goats? In short, it’s a pregnancy condition that can be avoided when a goat is given what it needs to be healthy. Basically: you can help prevent it! But just so you know…You can read more about Raising Goats on my goat resource page–it’s full of everything you could ever want to know about goats. 

Both times I was pregnant I loved it.

But if there had been any complications, I’m sure my feelings of “love” would have evaporated quickly.

Now, I’m not sure how a goat feels about being pregnant, but I’m sure they appreciate it when we help them in all the ways we can during their pregnancies.

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• KIDDING KIT: Read this for a complete list of what you will need during a kidding season to prepare yourself and your goats for the wonderful process of bringing new life into the world.


And the main ingredient to any successful and healthy pregnancy is…


Pregnancy Toxemia in Goats | How to care for a pregnant goat | Goat care | What is pregnancy toxemia? A pregnancy condition that can be avoided when a goat is given what it needs to be healthy.

If your goat is not given the proper nutrition or exercise going into the breeding season, she quite possibly will be harder to breed and if low-quality nutrition continues, she will have problems.

One of those problems is pregnancy toxemia.

You can find a lot of articles here on A Life of Heritage that will teach you about goat care and be sure to check out The Goat Health, and Information Bundle–it’s full of to-do lists, checklists, record keeping sheets, and resource pages that will get your new (or old) goat herd off to a terrific start!

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• Another problem is Ketosis: What you need to know about this pregnancy condition

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• If you have a doe bred by accident, you may want to giver Lutalyse. You can learn how to use Lutalyse for goats here.


So what is pregnancy toxemia in goats?

  • A metabolic condition before kidding
  • Nutritional needs of a doe increase substantially during the last 6-8 weeks of pregnancy. Put simply, it is the result of the growing fetus placing demands on an overfat female who is actually in a condition of starvation. Which results in ketosis. 

Your goal during the entirety of your goat’s pregnancy is to be giving her adequate nutrition for the demands being placed on her body.

  • Treatment:

    • Early detection is key to a successful outcome!
    • Contact your vet
  • Symptoms to watch for:

    • Four weeks before kidding
      • Laziness
      • Spend most of the time laying down
      • Typically will defecate will laying down
      • Appetite will suddenly change
      • Her feet and lower parts of the legs may begin to swell 8-10 days later and she will become reluctant to walk
      • The time of reduced exercise will be accompanied by a decrease in feed intake
      • One week before kidding the doe will stop eating and will not stand unless assisted.
      • In the terminal phase:
        • Moaning
        • Labored respiration
        • Sunken eyes
        • Usually will die 2-3 days before she is due to kid 
  • Prevention is key:

    • Do not allow your goats to become fat
    • Do not allow stress into the herd
    • Increase the nutrition for your does as the pregnancy continues
    • Exercising goats or allowing them the space to exercise is important
    • Option 4:
    • Option 5:
      • PREVENTION! All of this can be avoided with the proper nutrition throughout the goat’s lifetime.


• What You Need to Know About Nutrition During all the Stages of a Goat’s Pregnancy

• What you need to know about “Hypocalcemia” in Goats

• What you need to know about “Ketosis” in Goat’s


Take the time to know what your goat’s nutritional needs are during the different stages of pregnancy. When you give your goat her daily requirements, she will have a successful pregnancy and healthy kids and you will have helped prevent pregnancy toxemia in your goat.

You can read more about pregnancy toxemia in goats here and here 

Pregnancy toxemia in goats and the number one way to prevent it! Raising goats during pregnancy.

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