Hi Donna , i know this is not in your area of expertise , but i trust your judgement . I purchased 3 bob calfs Saturday and one of them i over fed that first night . The milk replacer is strong anyway and being a small breed he only needed 1.5 liters , and i gave him 2 liters . He developed scourers over night and i gave him scour medicine and 6 cc pen G . Yesterday morn i couldn't get him to drink anything , last night he took a half liter goats milk , i also had goat milk closterum about a cup i gave him along with a shot same as morning . This morning again the scours , not as bad , thicker . I mixed the scour medicine in his milk and again a half liter goats milk and a shot of pen G . 2 questions , (he is a small breed jersey ) will the total liter of goats milk sustain him till hes drinking better ? , and the pen G should i keep this going ? The reason for the pen in the first place is he was shivering yesterday morn and didn't want to take a chance on a cold or worse . The other two are doing fine . Another matter , the goat with the eye problem is healed up with exception of a small white area over the pupil like a cataract , but looks much better than it did thanks .

Hi there - so calves can get clostridium/enterotoxemia too from overeating - also the stress of moving can easily give calves shipping fever/pneumonia.  Calves can also come down with E. coli infection from the stress - penicillin would also help that.  So starting on the penicillin is excellent.  I would give him a CDT toxoid injection if you have it available.  Probiotics would be helpful.  Colostrum was also an excellent idea. Would keep up on the penicillin for at least another 3 days.  During that time probiotics are needed.  You can give him pepto bismol too to help with the diarrhea.  Thinning out his milk replacer with electrolytes can also help with possible dehydration (1/2 and 1/2 to start with and then move to 1/4 electrolytes to 3/4 and then full strength when he seems better.  Re the scours - it is the same for calves as it is for goats - brown is digestive issues/bacterial, green is coccidiosis, yellow is enterotoxemia and whitish/cream is E. coli.

Re the goat's eye - glad it is better - sometimes the small white area - which is usually scar tissue from the infection - takes a while to be reabsorbed by the eye/broken down.  So it may take a while to go away or it may be there, but bottom line is no infection.  Nice.

Hope all this helps - Donna  


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.


27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

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