Pygmy Goat Care
Thank you for purchasing your pygmy goat from us. You'll find that these little goats make the best pets. To keep your
goat healthy and happy, there are several things you can do:
1) Buy him or her a mate. This may not be practical if you live in a residential area. A single pygmy goat can be
kept as a pet in some residential areas if they are not used for meat, wool, milk or breeding.
2) FEED: Feed your goat a medium quality hay (or pasture in summer) and some grain. We use crimped or whole
oats or a mix of oats and corn. Corn needs to be crimped or cracked so that it's small enough for the goat's little
teeth. You may want to have your feed store add some liquid molasses for sweetness. Or, your feed store will
carry a goat or sheep mix that is very good. Keep a salt block available at all times, preferrably both a white block
and a brown (trace mineral) block. HELPFUL HINT: It is best to keep the goat's hay and grain OFF the ground. A
simple hay rack with small openings for the goat to pull the hay through is best, and any type of clean dish is good
for grain. Hay left on the ground can be contaminated by the goat's walking on it; and this can spread disease in
your goat or other animals sharing the same hay.
3) WATER: Keep a low sided container of fresh water available. If you are using a deep water trough, put blocks in it
so that the goat can climb out. Goats hate to get wet and will drown if they cannot jump or climb out.
4) HYGIENE: Keep your goat's area clean and dry to help prevent disease. Goats are susceptible to parasites which
thrive in dirty or damp areas, particularly where manure is not removed regularly.
5) SHELTER: A sturdy doghouse or an enclosed stall or barn will provide adequate shelter for your goat. Some extra
straw in cold weather will help keep him or her warm and cozy.
6) MEDICAL CARE: We worm our goats four times a year. Several different wormers are available at your feed store
or veterinarian's office. We normally use a liquid ("Ivomec") two of those times, since it is good for external (lice) as
well as internal parasites. Additionally, you may want to use a coccidia preventive type solution which can be
added to the goat's drinking water. It is available at most feed stores in a gallon container. The gallon treats our
entire herd, so it goes a long way. Coccidia-preventive medications are especially helpful if your goat will be in a
confined area where the risk of contamination is high. We strongly recommend that you NOT confine your goat in
an area with chickens or even in an area where chickens have been kept, since this is a prime location for
coccidia. Coccidia can be deadly in goats.
A tetanus vaccine is available from your veterinarian. If you have or have had horses or have ever had tetanus on
your property, it would be wise to have your goat vaccinated. Goats can also be vaccinated for enterotoxemia and
caseous lymphadenitis (cysts). There is a vaccine available that protects against all three - - - tetanus, overeating
As you clean your goat's area, take note of the "droppings". They should be individual little round pellets, or
"marbles". Variations in diet will change this somewhat (more grain or a better quality hay may temporarily
produce a softer, "clumpier" stool). Any unusual stool lasting more than 1-2 days may be a sign of problems. It is
a good idea to take a stool sample to your veterinarian, who will analyze it for a small charge to determine if there
are any parasites, and can prescribe the proper medication.
Your goat's hooves may need to be trimmed occasionally. On normal pasture, ours seldom need trimming. If your
goat is on concrete or rock a lot, he or she will tend to wear down the hooves naturally.
Your goat should always appear bright and alert. Lethargy and/or loss of appetite may be signs of trouble, so
learn to "know" your goat so that you will be aware if he or she is not feeling well.
We hope that you will be happy with your new goat. We think you'll find a goat is the friendliest, funniest, most
entertaining pet you'll ever have. Should you ever decide you cannot keep him or her for any reason, please call us
first. And if you have any questions at all or just want to let us know how he or she is doing, please contact us.