If you have, or will be getting, sheep or goats, make sure you know about the tendency of these small ruminants to develop urinary tract problems — and what you can do to help prevent them.
Some dietary minerals can increase the risk of urinary crystal formation. Animals can pass tiny crystals, but clumps tend to form stones that can get stuck in their urinary tract. This is much more common in males than females because of their anatomic differences. Without veterinary help, the bladder can overfill and even rupture. Along with being uncomfortable, that can be deadly.
High-calcium grain diets and alfalfa are often implicated. Insufficient water intake can be a factor too.
So, talk to your veterinarian about proactive measures you can take to help avoid urinary tract problems in small ruminants.