COPPER DEFICIENCY IN SHEEP AND GOATS
 
Description    Copper Deficiency can be Primary or Secondary to the excess intake of other metals. Copper Deficiency in dams can lead to Swayback in lambs and kids. There can be signs of 'ill thrift' in sheep and goats when copper levels are very low. Laryngeal Neuropathy has been reported in adult goats with Copper Deficiency
 
Species   Caprine, Ovine
 
Signs   Abnormal length estrus cycle, Abnormal length of estrus period, Abnormal upper airway breathing sounds, Abortion or weak newborns, Alopecia, Anestrus, Ataxia, Bloody stools, feces, hematochezia, Decreased hair, feather, pigment, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Excessively straight hair, Exercise intolerance, Female infertility, Increased respiratory rate, Lack of growth or weight gain, Male infertility, Melena or occult blood in feces, stools, Mucoid nasal discharge, Mummy, mummified fetus, Pale, Reluctant to move, Rough hair coat, Tachycardia, Tremor, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Weight loss
 
References   Sousa RFA. Laryngeal Neuropathy in Adult Goats With Copper Deficiency. Vet Pathol 2017;54:676 [Web Reference]
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