Cloudburst or Pseudopregnancy in Goats

This is a common condition in female goats. Female goats sometimes cycle, mate and display all the attributes of being pregnant, but in fact are not pregnant. In many cases they have not even been mated. The uterus fills with large amounts of fluid but no foetus or placenta develops. This condition has several names:

  • False pregnancy
  • Cloudburst pregnancy
  • Pseudopregnancy
  • Hydrometra

When a doe is treated for the condition or if it resolves itself a ‘cloudburst’ of liquid materials comes out of the doe’s body.
The precise causes of false pregnancy are not completely understood, however we can treat the condition effectively.