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Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, TX
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MILK GOITER

A soft swelling on the front of the throat where the chin meets the neck of a young kid is a "milk goiter." Sometimes also called "milk neck," it occurs around three weeks of age and can last until eight or nine months of age. It is normal, nothing to be concerned about, and should be left alone.

This soft swelling occurs in kids of dairy and dairy-influenced breeds (this includes Boers and Kikos, both breeds being heavily dairy influenced) and is an enlargement of the thymus gland. It is not caseous lymphadenitis and it is not iodine deficiency. Do not supplement the kid with iodine; iodine toxicity is easy to cause.

Milk goiter is sometimes associated with heavy-milking breeds. An enlarged thymus gland is part of the development of a good immune system in many juvenile mammals, including goats. When this soft swelling disappears, it sometimes leaves a pocket of loose skin.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto, ONION CREEK RANCH, Texas 7/1/16

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