Goat Health and Welfare: A Veterinary Guide by David Harwood

Goat Health and Welfare: A Veterinary Guide by David Harwood

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Goats are fairly adaptable creatures in the wild but, if kept as pets, or commercially farmed, they rely on their owners not only for food, but also for protection from diseases, injury and predators. As the title of the book suggests, goat health and welfare are closely linked and it is a truism that 'a fit and healthy goat is a happy and productive goat'.

This comprehensive and non-technical book considers general goat health, welfare, behaviour and related management issues, as well as the principal diseases and abnormalities affecting goats.

Bok contents: general goat health, welfare, behaviour and related management issues; principal diseases and abnormalities affecting goats - considers their causes, main diagnostic signs, treatment and prevention; recognizing abnormal behaviour as an early indicator of ill-health; the importance of goat keepers establishing good working relationships with their vets; poisoning and diseases that can be transmitted between goats and man.

About the author

David Harwood gained a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, in 1974. His initial interest in goats developed in west Wales in the 1980s and has continued ever since. He is an Honorary Vet for the British Goat Society. David lectures on goat health and welfare at all six veterinary colleges in the UK.

Book details

200 pages
The Crowood Press Ltd
Publication date
February 2006



Thursday 21 August, 2014 at 9:54am

I have just started with goat and sheep keeping, and I just want to know what can I feed then in bothe summer and winter in terms of licks.

Jessica Millman

Sunday 24 May, 2020 at 9:56am

Is it ok for goats to eat sweet chestnut leaves? Are they toxic to goats?

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