FEATURED GOAT ARTICLES
Lessons from the Farm
What we’ve learned can help you care for your goats.
Information from Our Goat Experts
Animal experts at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center share their knowledge about goats.
How does this condition impact goats?
Urinary calculi occur primarily in male goats, as the female ureter is short and straight, while the male ureter is much longer and has a bend in it that provides a perfect place for a stone to lodge. When the ureter is blocked the goat cannot urinate — an extremely painful and distressing condition. If not immediately treated, the goat’s bladder can rupture, and the goat will die. Pygmy goats and castrated males whose urinary tracts are underdeveloped are particularly prone to urinary calculi, as are many breeds of meat goats.