Examine the Integument

The skin should be examined for the presence of ectoparasites as well as other skin disorders.  Biting and sucking lice are common and most easily found along the dorsal lumbar area close to the skin.  Pruritis with secondary skin excoriation is indicative of lice infestation or allergic contact dermatitis.  Multiple nodules in the dermis along the neck and back that ooze a white ribbon like substance when squeezed is indicative of demodectic mange in the goat.  Wool break characterized by patches of loose and/or missing wool is a very common sequela to severe illness in the sheep.




Copyright 1999-2001
New Bolton Center Field Service Department
Students:  Keith Javic - Class of 2003, C. Nikki Conroy - Class of 2003