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QUESTION: Hi Donna,
Update on Migi - Its been 2 days and still large dog like poop soft but not pudding like poop i'm gave MILK OF MAG once a day for 2 days b/c i don't like to give too much hes eating his snack foods and a little hay but not like before where he goes crazy for it b/c i assume he still have digestive upset from the seaweed. How often should i be giving the MILK OF MAG. Do i need to be giving him more often like so many hours apart? Or shall i just wait. At this time d with his VITAMIN B-COMPLEX? B/c i haven't been giving him b/c we talked about him eating like crazy so u told me to not give him the PROBIOTIC PASTE & the VITAMIN B-COMPLEX REGIMEN b/c it increases his appetite

ANSWER: Hi there - I would stop the milk of magnesia for a day to see if his digestive system gets better on its own.  Re the probiotics/vitamin B complex - since he is not eating well this is the time to give him this.  Hope this helps - Donna

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QUESTION: Thanks Donna,
Update: Migi is now pooping soft poop before was kind of firm now its soft maybe tommorrow pudding like i haven't givin him anymore Milk of Mag but i did give him his probiotics & vitamin b-complex not eating much just lying down not chewing cud. Hes drinking, peeing, fine not like Migi. Sometimes i get mad at him & myself b/c whatever i give him he eats theres not any food i give him he would shy away from thats y he gets sick and for me i get upset at myself b/c i know i'm not suppose to give him all kinds b/c of his digestive upset sensitivity tummy but sometimes i feel sorry for him b/c he eats the same ol food day in & day out & of course i wouldn't know what agree & what disagree with his tummy. Thanks Donna

Luv,
Me & Migi

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Thanks for the update.  Unfortunately I think Migi just has a very sensitive digestive system.  So not overdoing on anything different than his regular feed is what we need to continue for him, probably forever.  I understand your thoughts about the same food day in and day out, but that is what our goats have been on for many, many years - grass hay or timothy and then depending on what production of goat either every day or every third day grain and some bread here and there in small amounts.  I know it sounds boring to us but they are ruminants and the more basic and regular their feed intake is the better for their rumen.  Donna  

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

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

Experience

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.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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