Originally Posted by KDOGG331
So my mom and I were talking and somehow the fact we're going to have eggs came up and she sort of joked that we could be "self sufficient" so I was joking too about other animals, like we could get a cow, or goats or rabbits, etc. And she stopped me and said "oh goats have that real bad disease. We're not getting goats." i was sort of like "what?" and she was all like "oh yeah you can die from goats. That's how those two little boys at that petting zoo died" I tried to say "you have to wash your hands and those aren't really clean" (because let's face it, how clean are most petting zoos?) and she was just like "yeah but" or something like that. Just sure they had diseases.
Do goats actually have some deadly disease that you'll die from just from having them? Surely if that was true there would either be no goats or a lot of feral goats since all the humans that owned them would all be dead?
It just makes no sense and I have no clue what she's talking about AT ALL or what little boys she's talking about or anything. Please help.
All animals have the potential to carry zoonotic diseases that can harm humans. You have a dog? You can get plenty of diseases from a dog, lots of parasites especially. Cats too, the big one cats carry is toxoplasmosis. Poultry can carry zoonosis, same with cattle. Be rational, not paranoid.
Anyway, goats can carry Q fever. Humans can also get soremouth from goats. However, Q fever is incredibly rare in developed countries. Soremouth can be easily managed. If you goats get it, wear gloves until the lesions heal up. But deadly diseases from goats? Unlikely, unless you have a really weak immune system.
You do want to test your goats for three diseases, they are CAE (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis), CL (Caseous Lymphadenitis), and Johne's disease, to ensure they are healthy. These are big, deadly diseases passed among goats. You want a herd that is clean of these big ones. WADDL can test for all three from a single red top tube of blood and you can submit samples yourself, no need for a vet.
Edited by Stacykins - 11/11/15 at 1:07pm