Bacteria is usually present that inhibits the absorption of thiamin or consumes the thiamin, preventing absorption by the goat. Thaimin and glucose are imperative for function of the nervous system. Thiaminase producing plants or bacteria are involved, which can cause a change in the ph of the digestive tract, killing normal bacteria and introducing a thiamin deficiency. The absences of thiamine causes death to millions of brain cells.
The most common symptoms are star gazing, diarrhea, stiffness in the legs, as well as muscular tremors. If left untreated the goat can become paralyzed and or blind, death can occur within the first 72 hours.
It is important to contact our office, immediately, if you see any changes in your goat’s behavior.