Goats/sick calf

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Hi Donna , as you know i have had a bit of trouble with these calfs i bought . I lost one and looks like another will die shortly . I'VE done all i can do , he was down yesterday and i gave him a shot of peng which by last evening had him up dancing circles around the other one , took his food well and probiotics . The reason i injected him in the first place is he had a bad cough and major snot , very thick . This same bug is running through my goats but they seem to be fighting it on thier own with no shut down of food , just coughs and snot . The calf is not going to make it , i'm sure , but i do have a concern as he has some involentary twiching . I'm thinking this is because he problely has pneumonia and is starved for oxegen . He is quarentined but never seen the twiching before on any thing . He was really good last night like i say up and lively . Question , Is there something else here i should be concerned about or is it just that he is close to the end ? O i did repeat the pen last night at 6cc and again this morning , and did check for blood , there was none . Thanks
Barry

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What is his temperature?  The twitching sometimes is from a high fever.  If he has a fever (over 102.5) then would start on a high dose of aspirin at two 325 mg aspirins and then the next 4 hours would drop to one aspirin until the fever is gone.  It is possible that the calves caught shipping fever/pneumonia from the stress of travel and generally penicillin works the best, although it is possible that they have a fungal pneumonia which would then respond better to oxytetracycline injectable.  Hope this helps.  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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