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I went out this morning as usual to find Zee laying on hib belly screaming. It seems his front legs are a bit stiff but after I brought him inside and really looked he can bend them just cant put weight on them and get up. Can barely move but did get 3 oz milk in him.  What to do?

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Did he get his cord dipped in iodine immediately after birth?  I think you had said no and were going to dip it in something else later on and I had talked about possible joint ill - so think this is what it is - would take his temperature - anything over 102.5 would indicate an infection-use of penicillin or LA200 injectable - would use the penicillin as the LA200 can cause skeletal abnormalites in young kid goats.  Both of these are available at feed stores - penicillin would be 1/2 cc twice a day for 5 days or 1/2 cc once a day every other day for 5 doses.  Both of these should be given intramuscularly - have you done this before?  You must draw back on the plunger to be sure you are not in a vein.  Would start him on aspirin at 1/2 of a low dose (81 mg) aspirin - crushed and dissolved in a little hot water - give orally once every four hours until fever is down and/or he seems less stiff.  Let me know - give me a call if you'd like - 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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