52 Vitamin deficiencies

THIAMINE DEFICIENCY

Almost all animals are likely to have problems if they have thiamine deficiency. Generally our microbes produce enough; however, in goats, they only produce just enough. So if something goes wrong (too much grain, wrong plants, not enough food), goats are prone to developing thiamine deficiency and polioencephalomalacia. Goat “polio” is a neurological disorder and animals show “star gazing”, blindness and gait changes. If caught early enough, goat polio is highly treatable and animals can make a full recovery. Many goats are given supplemental thiamine as a precaution anytime they are sick or anorexic.

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