Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mojo Lost His Pizzle

Poor Mojo. He had quite a tough weekend. Saturday morning at morning feed time, Becky and I noticed that Mojo did not come out of his house for breakfast. This is quite unusual, but he has been out of sorts for the past week, ever since he was moved away from his two "girlfriends", O' Malley and Sissy. It didn't take Becky long, though, to conclude that something just wasn't right with Mojo. Further observation showed that he seemed to be in distress....his usual "maaaaaaa" was one of pain. He kept trying to lie down inside his house, and when he wasn't lying down, was pawing at the ground.
Becky assessed Mojo and found him to have a distended bladder. Apparently he had become blocked somewhere in is urinary system.
Male goats can be prone to calculi (urinary stones, or crystals) and this can be a life threatening situation if they are not unblocked (which is sometimes impossible to accomplish). Eating alfalfa can very often cause these stones in male goats. Although Mojo had not been eating alfalfa, it seems that perhaps our homegrown hay might be a little too rich for this little fellow.
Well, to make a long story short.....Mojo got a ride in the goat ambulance (gator) up to Dr. Becky's garage. A quick sedative was given and Becky did a more thorough inspection. The end result was excision of his "pizzle" or urethral extension, which is a little tube at the end of his "reproductive organ" (after all this blog is rated G). Once this was snipped off, a copious amount of urine began to drain....relieving his distress. Inspection of his pizzle yielded a small stone that had apparently caused the obstruction.

This was quite a close call for Mojo. Unfortunately, this may end up being a major health risk for Mojo. And sadly, there is nothing to do to prevent this from happening again. For now we will keep our fingers crossed and hope that this is just a solitary incident!


  1. I hope Mojo gets his mojo back very soon and is feeling better!

  2. Poor little guy, I'm glad you found it in time and were able to help him. Hope for you, it doesn't cause him any more problems.

  3. Oh my goodness! But wait. Being very new to your blog I do not know who Becky is. Did you really do goat surgery in your garage? What's his recovery time now?
    Mojo is a buck, correct? I had thought it was wethers who were so susceptible to those nasty blockages! Pooooor Mojo...I hope this doesn't happen again.
    Does he drink a lot of water? One vet told me that some people will actually spray their hay with a mild salt water solution so that their goats will get more water going through them and hopefully avoid these stones. Have you tried ammonium chloride? I know the vets are divided on this treatment (long-term it can cause other problems), but short courses of it can help, I've heard.

  4. Some bucks are just prone to the blockages. Yes, we feed a goat feed that has ammonium chloride in it...to help prevent. We avoid alfalfa. We give lots of fresh, clean water every day, etc.etc.etc. Sometimes it just happens. Becky is my SIL....an equine and small animal vet. We share the farm and the work. Her home is built on the backside of our farmland...so she is always available for emergencies. Yes, we did the procedure in her garage. A lot of farm animal surgery is done in the field, believe it or not.


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