Viral diarrhea


This term covers a wide variety or virus caused diseases that cannot be fully covered here. In most instances there will be profuse watery diarrhea, white to yellow in color. There will be a significant inability to absorb fluids. It is most common between days 5 and 15. It is important to remember that most viral infections of this type include a large number of potential symptoms and you should be on the alert for respiratory distress, weakness and all sorts of things. Many species, and I think that this includes goats, can be infected with Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) and if you raise cattle you should certainly vaccinate against it.


In viral disorders the treatment is palliative. Try to maintain fluid levels. Watch for secondary infections (coughs, etc). Use kaolin pectin or some form of antidiarrhetic.

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