Caring for pet goats
Here's what you'll need to think about to keep your pet goats healthy and happy.
They'll need company
Goats are social herd animals and need the company of other goats. You should plan to keep at least two goats who get on well. Remember, it can be difficult to introduce new goats to an existing herd, so it's best to acquire two or more goats from the same herd that are already companions.
Remember, it can be difficult to introduce new goats to an existing herd, so it's best to acquire two or more goats from the same herd that are already companions.
Health and welfare
In general, healthy goats:
- have good appetites
- have strong, glossy coats
- have clear, bright eyes
- should move freely and easily
- should be engaged, alert and playful
Everyday, be on the lookout for signs of health problems, such as lameness, diarrhoea and parasites, and for any unusual bumps, lumps, and changes in coat texture or udder appearance.
Always contact a vet if you're concerned about the health and welfare of your goats. You should also have them health-checked regularly by a vet, as well as keeping up to date with vaccinations, worming and foot care.
For more advice on keeping goats, read our introduction to goat welfare and ownership.