Question Hi, Donna. We came home on Sunday to find one of our does gave birth to two kids. They were both dead. One looked good (not sure why it died), the other hadn't been fully developed. She's been laying around since. She won't eat much. Just takes a few nibbles, then walks away. She usually is a great competitor for the feed, but now it's like she doesn't care. It doesn't appear that she's touching her water bucket, but she doesn't seem dehydrated either. I did the "skin pull at the chest" test you suggested before and it jumps back nicely. She doesn't appear to have any sickness and she doesn't have a fever (100.0 degrees F). Her udders were huge, so we thought milking her might help, but she still just isn't acting normal. She seems depressed. Any ideas?
Answer Sorry for the delay in answering - computer glitch. Sounds like she may have an infection and that is also what could have taken the kids. Would start on LA200 or penicillin, whichever you have. Would also start on vitamin B complex with thiamin at 4 times the human dose twice a day for 3 days - crush and dissolve in a little hot water. She also needs probiotics during the antibiotics. If LA200 give 4.5 cc/100 pounds body weight once a day for 5 days. If penicillin 3 cc/100 pounds twice a day for 5 days. Let me know - Donna
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