Laminitis in dairy goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) on a low-forage diet

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Groenevelt, M., Anzuino, K., Cahalan, S. D., Hunt, N., Lee, M. R. F. and Grogono-Thomas, R. 2018. Laminitis in dairy goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) on a low-forage diet. Veterinary Record Case Report. (6), p. e000652.

AuthorsGroenevelt, M., Anzuino, K., Cahalan, S. D., Hunt, N., Lee, M. R. F. and Grogono-Thomas, R.
Abstract

Dairy goats on high-concentrate diets attain high
production levels, but at what cost? Here, ongoing
lameness problems in a herd offered ad lib concentrates
and roughages throughout their lifetime were
investigated. Five severely affected, chronically lame
animals were euthanased and examined postmortem.
Foot pathology consisted of distortion of the claw shape
and irregular fissures over the solar and bulbar horn with
the distal phalanx rotated downwards on two claws.
Rumen pH was measured between 5.26 and 5.46 with
moderate rumen mucosa hyperkeratosis, and ulcerative,
mild lymphocytic rumenitis. Feet showed irregular
hyperplasia of the epidermal laminae with parakeratotic
hyperkeratosis, especially in solar regions. Dense clusters
of lymphocytes expanded the dermal laminae. Based on
these findings, chronic laminitis was suspected. Ruminal
hyperkeratosis was likely a result of prolonged periods of
acidosis. The consequences of feeding a high-concentrate
ration throughout the life of dairy goats need more
research.

KeywordsDairy goats; Laminitis; Forage diets
Year of Publication2018
JournalVeterinary Record Case Report
Journal citation(6), p. e000652
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2018-00652
Open accessPublished as non-open access
Funder project or codeBBSRC
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Publisher's versionVet Rec 2018.pdf
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Print27 Dec 2018
Copyright licenseCC BY
ISSN0042-4900
PublisherBmj Publishing Group

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