So you have decided to bring adorable, friendly pygmy goats into your family, but do you know the best place to purchase them? By far the most important element to consider when purchasing pygmy goats is their health. You don’t want to bring unhealthy goats into your home because not only will there inevitability be higher costs in keeping them alive, unhealthy goats can infect any healthy goats you may have, have an increased risk of dying prematurely, and many diseases that plague them don’t have cures. Ultimately, unhealthy goats will bring you unnecessary emotional and financial stress and will require a lot more work, but how can you be sure you are receiving a healthy pygmy goat? You must resolve to purchase your goats from a reputable breeder like Amber Waves.
What does a reputable breeder offer consumers? Testing of their herds for devastating diseases such as Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne's Disease. When you receive pygmy goats from a herd that has been tested for these diseases, you are exponentially increasing your chances for having healthy, happy goats over their lifetimes.
A retroviral infection of goats which may lead to chronic disease of the joints, and on rare occasions, encephalitis in goat kids less than six months of age, Caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE), can cause inflammation and be extremely painful for a goat who is suffering with it. However, some goats that have CAE never show any symptoms, but can still pass CAE onto other goats in its herd. This means that purchasing from a breeder who tests for CAE is essential.
Caseous Lymphadenitis (CL), or “cheesy gland” as it is referred to in some parts of the world, is another devastating, highly contagious disease that can be passed to other goats and even humans should one of the goats you purchase have it. CL most often presents itself as an external abscess (or lump); however, it can also manifest inside the body as well, and thus, you may not be able to tell if your goat(s) have this disease. Again, you must purchase pygmy goats from a breeder who tests for CL to ensure you don’t bring this disease into your home.
Finally, Johne's Disease, whose common symptoms are diarrhea and rapid weight loss, is a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract caused by Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. This contagious disease ravages pygmy goats, is quite painful for the goats affected, and spreads quickly through herds. Yet again, any breeder you purchase pygmy goats from should be testing for Johne's Disease so you won’t have to deal with this terrible disease yourself.
Purchasing pygmy goats from a reputable breeder can be the difference between having healthy, long-lived goats, and unhealthy, miserable goats. Amber Waves, a leader in the pygmy goat industry for over 28 years, tests its pygmy goat herd for CAE, CL, and Johne's Disease. Amber Waves is known for producing high-quality pygmy goats suitable for breeding, showing, and pet purposes, and regularly ships goats both nationally and internationally. Featured on programs such as the Tori and Dean Show on the Oxygen Network, the African pygmy goats of Amber Waves come to you dehorned (unless you request horned), wormed, registered, and given their first shots. Additionally, Amber Waves provides its customers with lifetime support for each and every pygmy goat purchased, which includes auto reminders to let customers know when their animals are due for worming and shots. Visit the Amber Waves website, www.amberwavespygmygoats.com, for more information and to purchase healthy pygmy goats from a reputable breeder who with be with you every step of the way while raising your pygmy goats.