Assessing the Physical Condition of the Goat

Physical Evaluation

Listed below are brief explanations to guide a producer in evaluating a healthy animal. Any question about the condition or health status of an animal should be referred to a veterinarian; if in doubt, consult a veterinarian.


Taking rectal temperature.


Rectal Temperature

The first step in evaluating whether an animal is healthy is to take its temperature; in goats, this is done rectally. A digital thermometer works well; a plastic digital thermometer is very safe and will not …