Botryomycosis – Pyogranulomatous bacterial infection in Angora goats
By Dr Mackie Hobson BSc(Agric),BVSc

Monday, 27th March 2023

Botryomycosis (Pyogranulomatous) is a chronic bacterial granulomatous disease that usually involves skin and rarely organs in Angora goats the infection has been seen and diagnosed by biopsy of an oral lesion. It oral lesions are most likely the result of infection from a break in the skin caused by thorns, erupting permanent teeth or other trauma.


What causes Botryomycosis?

The most common causative bacteria is Staphylococcus aureus, Actinomycetes, Nocardia, E.Coli or
occasionally Pseudomonas spp. The infection is usually the result of a break in the skin by some form of trauma.


Culture is advised to determine the underlying bacteria. Long-term antibiotics, depending on the bacteria identified may includes trimethoprim- sulfamethoxazole, oral clindamycin, cephalexin, doxycycline and erythromycin. Topical disinfectants, anti-inflammatories and fly repellents as supportive treatment.


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