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Clostridium haemolyticum

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Etiology

Known as "redwater" Cl. Haemolyticum is quite rare in goats. It frequently follows liver damage by flukes or some other cause.
Symptoms
Sudden onset, fever, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, bloody urine, anemia, jaundice, occasional diarrhea, rapid rigor mortis. The wine-colored urine will typically foam readily.
Treatment
Penicillin, broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Prevention
Vaccinations need to be given every 6 months, may be part of a 7 or 8 way vaccine; not usually given to goats.
Comments
Have never heard of a case in goats, but I suppose it could happen. We do not vaccinate for it. Fairly common in cattle in western US.


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