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Polioencephalomalacia (Goat Polio)
Maria Leite-Browning
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Pages / Length: 4
Publication Date: 03/10/2008

Polioencephalomalacia (PEM) is a common metabolic disorder characterized by neuromuscular alterations of goats that are thiamine deficient. This disorder may be acute or subacute in nature. Adults and young animals are equally at high risk for developing the disorder. Goat polio is usually seen in animals that are under a high nutritional management condition such as feedlots, or animals on lush pasturage fed with highly concentrated rations.