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White Muscle Disease in Goats

By Joan S. Bowen, DVM, Wellington, CO

Also see Nutritional Myodegeneration. Most kids affected by white muscle disease have been in good condition and are 2–3 mo old (range, 1 wk to 4 mo). Commonly, sudden death is associated with cardiac muscle damage. Other kids are depressed, reluctant to move, and appear stiff, with a “sawhorse” stance, or become recumbent. Muscles, especially of the hindlimbs, are firm and painful to the touch. Treatment is with selenium and vitamin E injection in acute cases.