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Goats/kid pygmy not eatin, in pain


QUESTION: yesterday went to vet after not getting 14 day old to take milk for 3
days. after exam,gave 1/4 cc banamine  IM and 1cc reglan  oral. was able to deliver 5 oz. today did same treatment,so far delivered 2 oz. to kid but kid seems less active to treatment and concerned of dose of banamine. should i give her the 1/4 cc daily until we get everything working or switch to aspirin or ibuprofen? kid weighs 5 pounds and a pygmy. still grinding teeth but less than before shot

ANSWER: Is the kid peeing and pooping?  What color poop/shape?  What was the kid goat's temperature - anything over 102.5 would indicate an infection.  Are any of the joints swollen and/or hot?  Could be a pneumonia.  Need a bit more information.  Would start on 1 cc of penicillin injectable twice a day for 3 days; give vitamin B complex/thiamin - 1/2 of a B complex tablet crushed and dissolved in hot water, cooled, given orally, twice a day.  Would give aspirin if there is a fever at 1/2 of an 81 mg human aspirin crushed and dissolved in hot water, cooled, and given every 4 hours for three doses.  Is the kid bloated?  Let me know - call me too if you'd like - 360-742-8310 Donna

PS Is kid goat up on CDT vaccination?  Has the kid been outside in the pasture?

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QUESTION: has been outside for 30 minutes, peed three today, clear, no blood. did finally poop, first time in two days, 8-10 pebbles, in one clump a little tacky, medium brown. temp102-103 depending on time taken, 102 hour ago.  joints not swollen. vet said stomach felt full but told she had not taken any milk, kid was very active when outside with us and other pets we have,just fed her another 1 1/2oz. sleeping now, have B complex for humans, sublingual liquid. vet assessment possible stomach soured. stomach seems normal , not swollen or vaccination at all. born in a pen. by herself, with her mother.has been in the house since monday (house goat)

Thanks for the update.  Glad he peed and finally pooped.  Glad it is eating a bit.  Glad you have it in the house.  The rumen has not developed yet, so "stomach soured" is generally not a possibility in kid goats under 3 to 4 weeks of age.  With kid goats it is usually pneumonia or enterotoxemia (CDT vaccination is for that) that takes them down - any stress - change in weather, off feed for another reason such as constipation, will allow these other bacteria to get them.  Would still advise penicillin for at least 2 more days along with the B complex and 1 cc of CDT toxoid vaccination.  For kid goats they should have CDT toxoid vaccinations at age 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months of 1 cc and then starting at a year of age all goats should have 2 cc every year from then on.  This is the vaccination both against enterotoxemia (Clostridium type C and D) and tetanus (Clostridium tetani).  If the poop remains hard would consider giving 1/2 teaspoon mineral oil once a day in the bottle.  Would use the vitamin B complex for at least two more days - since it is eating could use just 4 tablets crushed and you can put them in one bottle a day just to cover for digestive needs.  Do hope this helps - am glad you have a vet that you can ask questions of too - 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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4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

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Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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