The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen caused a rise in parasitaemia in goats infected with Trypanosoma vivax, Trypanosoma congolense and Trypanosoma brucei. All trypanosome-infected goats treated with flurbiprofen showed many dividing trypanosomes. This also included the short-stumpy forms of T. brucei. In T. vivax-infected goats flurbiprofen treatment resulted in 100% mortality in the acute and chronic stages of the infection. The increase in parasitaemia of T. brucei infected goats, treated with flurbiprofen, was not associated with an increase in mortality.

The increase in parasitaemia of T. congolense-infected goats, treated with flurbiprofen, tended to be associated with a somewhat higher mortality but this was statistically not significant. The significant rise in parasitaemia could be reproduced in T. brucei-infected sheep without, however, killing the animals. Two other NSAIDs were also studied. Suprofen caused a rise in parasitaemia and 100% mortality when given to goats in the acute stage of T. vivax infection. Results with flunixin meglumine, when tested in T. brucei infected goats, were not conclusive.


Joint pain in goats can occur for a variety of reasons, such as injury, the normal wear and tear of old age (osteoarthritis) or a viral infection like CAE (Caprine arthritis encephalitis) or Chlamydial arthritis. Each cause will require its own type of treatment, but all can use the same types of medication for pain relief.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually effective for pain relief. The human formula of aspirin is typically the first drug that vets recommend. Goats have the ability to metabolize medication rapidly, so you can give the aspirin more frequently than the label advises or use a time-release formula. Goats typically need about twice the human dosage of regular-strength aspirin to feel relief. If aspirin doesn’t work, you can try ibuprofen or naproxen with advice from your vet. Ibuprofen and naproxen are stronger NSAIDs and should be used with caution. All NSAIDs can cause kidney and liver damage, gastric ulceration and bleeding of the stomach lining

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Recognition of pain in farm animals

Pain in farm animals is typically assessed by changes in general body functions, such as reduced food intake, decreased production and lameness; physiological response (e.g. increased heart rate); and include:

  • Dull, depressed, lethargic demeanour
  • Isolation, failure to graze with others in group
  • Expiratory grunt, teeth grinding
  • Inappetance, decreased rumination
  • Increased respiratory rate
  • Increased vocalisation
  • Increased sensitivity (hyperalgesia)
  • Attention/licking at site of wound/lesion


There are several prescription drugs available to help manage your goat’s join pain. Banamine is an NSAID given by injection, originally approved for cattle but also useful for goats. Phenylbutazone is an NSAID that comes in tablet form. It is most commonly used for horses, but works on goats as well. Both medications block prostaglandins to decrease inflammation. Banamine and phenylbutazone can cause permanent kidney and liver damage, stomach ulcers and death. Dexamethasone is another drug available through your vet. It is used in chemotherapy, but is classified as a glucocorticosteroid. The steroidal properties reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Dexamethasone is available as a pill, I.V., eye drop or lotion. Side effects include insomnia, muscle weakness, impaired wound healing and irritability.

Mode of action:

NSAIDs derive much of their anti-inflammatory properties from their capacity to inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins (Figure 1). Prostaglandins have important roles in normal physiology that might best be described as protective in nature. Prostaglandins are released in response to injury and have the capacity to provoke vasodilatation, erythema, and hyperalgesia.

Prostaglandin formation is mediated by either one of two isoforms of cyclooxygenase. These are known as cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) mediates the formation of constitutive prostaglandins produced by many tissues, including gastrointestinal cells, platelets, endothelial cells and renal cells. Prostaglandins generated from COX-1 are constantly present and impart a variety of normal physiologic effects. These include protection of gastrointestinal mucosa, hemostasis and the kidney when subjected to hypotensive insults. Cyclooxygense-2 (COX-2) catalyses the formation of inducible prostaglandins, which are needed only intermittently

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