Symptoms Chart

Click here  to go to the SYMPTOMS CHART where you can find a handy list of thousands of symptoms and the diseases that may be indicated by their presence.

The chart covers ailments of cattle, sheep and goats - -so you can use it for lots of your farm animals. So, don’t be surprised if you see references, for example, to "fleece" or some other non-goat term. There may even be a few references to horse and pig ailments, but I have tried to eliminate most of these.

Familiarizing yourself with the various terms will make the chart easier to use. Generally, the bodily part is the first term and a descriptive word follows, such as "Legs, crooked". Although there are some technical terms included in the list, we have tried to keep these to a minimum and also to include definitions wherever possible.

There are two basic ways to get to the Symptoms page:

1. On the main page, click on "Diseases & Symptoms" in the large table; then, on the Disease page scroll down to the link to the Symptom Chart. This will take you to the symptoms beginning with the letter "A". From there, at the bottom of the page, you can go to any of the other letters. And, at the bottom of each of the pages are links to all the other letters.

2. On the main page, go to the Search box and type in the term you are looking for. This will bring up results that will include some letter pages which will include various links to Symptoms pages. If you enter multiple terms your search will be narrowed (and improved) accordingly.

In the Disease column you will find references to the Hazel Disease and the Heidi Disease. These are two mysterious ailments which have occurred in our herd in the past and for which we were unable to establish a firm diagnosis. We have also developed treatment regimens for them that appear effective; so they have been included in the chart under these names until someone can enlighten me as to their "real" identities.

"Hazel Disease" is characterized by weak babies or stillbirths, retained afterbirth, uterine infection and discharge, occasional high fever to 105 and above, and a reluctance to eat hard grains. It responds fairly well to Tylosin injections ("Tylan200®"). My best guess is that it really is a form of toxoplasmosis, which is covered elsewhere.

"Heidi Disease" is a very serious and complicated illness of baby goats. It occurs in very young animals of excellent condition which on (about) the seventh day of life suddenly feel awful. They become very weak and wobbly or lame. They may suddenly stop nursing and many exhibit enlarged abdomens. Massive dosages of penicillin appears to be the treatment of choice. Possible diagnoses include: mycoplasma, Fusobacterium necrophorum (Fusiformis, Sphaerophorus, ), Corynebacterium pyogenes or other foot rot organisms entering through navel leading to liver abscess. There have been a lot of theories advanced of late about "Whimpy kid disease" and these can be found at some of the veterinary college web sites.