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I believe my male goat may have some type of urinary problem.  I have cut down on grain recently as I was advised that I was overfeeding the male goats.  I noticed that today my four month old buck seem to be straining a bit to urinate.  He also cried a bit.  He did have urine come out slow but he did this a few times in a row.  What is the treatment for this??  I have read that a preventative is Ammonium Chloride but is treatment different when they have it.  Any suggestions? 

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Ammonium chloride is also a treatment. I know Hoegger has it in their catalog online along with the dosage required for treatment.

Hi Deborah,

Thanks, I just ordered some online.  Is there anything I can do meantime to help until I get my shipment?

Just keep an eye on him. If he can't pee at all, you need to take him to the vet. That's really unusual for a kid, although it's not completely unheard of. If he's crying when he pees, at least he's passing the stones -- because he IS peeing, so that's good.
Deborah,  I ended up calling the vet today and she needed to cut off where the calculi was.  She tried to get it out by palpation but it did not work.  I even called all over and ended up picking up some ammonium chloride this morning but I noticed that he was not his usual self.  All he wanted to do was lay down.  This goat never just lays there.  He was crying a bit and was trying to urinate but it only trickled out.  Now I get my chance to give my first pennicillin shots tomorrow.  I'm a bit nervous.  He seems to be feeling a bit better but still cries a bit from where he was cut.  Thanks for the advise.
I'm so glad you caught it in time! I'm sure the vet told you it would have killed him fairly quickly once he could no longer pee at all. Now please stick around the list so when newbies talk about giving bucks grain, you can share your experience! They really don't need much, if any at all.

Sharon Barreira said:
Deborah,  I ended up calling the vet today and she needed to cut off where the calculi was.  She tried to get it out by palpation but it did not work.  I even called all over and ended up picking up some ammonium chloride this morning but I noticed that he was not his usual self.  All he wanted to do was lay down.  This goat never just lays there.  He was crying a bit and was trying to urinate but it only trickled out.  Now I get my chance to give my first pennicillin shots tomorrow.  I'm a bit nervous.  He seems to be feeling a bit better but still cries a bit from where he was cut.  Thanks for the advise.

I think I am dealing with the same problem here.  But being Sunday and no Vet. is open could I go ahead and start the pen?  My buck is just laying around and not doing much of anything.  He does not seem to want to move.  I have not noticed him pee or not pee. 

Is this something to be concerned about if the boys only get BOSS and not grain?  Or does grain cause it?

Penicillin is for possible infection caused by cutting off the tip of his penis -- it does nothing for the urinary calculi.


Laying around is NOT a sign of urinary calculi (stones). It could means dozens of things. A goat with UC can't pee or only trickles and cries when trying to pee.


Amber Patterson said:

I think I am dealing with the same problem here.  But being Sunday and no Vet. is open could I go ahead and start the pen?  My buck is just laying around and not doing much of anything.  He does not seem to want to move.  I have not noticed him pee or not pee. 

Sunflower seeds are also high in phosphorus, so theoretically the same danger exists. Sunflower seeds, soybeans, corn, oats are all seeds/grains. But if you only give them a handful a day, it's probably not a problem.

Kare at Chaverah Farm said:
Is this something to be concerned about if the boys only get BOSS and not grain?  Or does grain cause it?
I think I'll get some of that preventative and give it to them, just in case...

It looks like the goat passed the stone (it looked by a bloody clot more than a stone).  Now he is just standing there and pee is trickling.  He is eating hay but not really moving much.  Any thoughts. 

Stop feeding grain and get ammonium chloride. You can order it online. I know Hoegger has it. I imagine other goat places also have it. Keep a very close eye on him, because if he can't pee at all, you have to take him to the vet ASAP.

Amber Patterson said:

It looks like the goat passed the stone (it looked by a bloody clot more than a stone).  Now he is just standing there and pee is trickling.  He is eating hay but not really moving much.  Any thoughts. 

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