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Hi Donna , how are you tonight ? Thought I'd update you on maples progress . Since the last time i talked to you , the day after she had been doing so well she took a turn for the worse again . Remembering what you said about the penicillin , i decided to start her on that , twice a day along with her probiotics , that was four days ago . The first day of her injections she steadily got worse , and the second day worse again staggering and weak , so much so  that night i didn't bother with her shot . Her chest was raddling and was evident that she had pneumonia . The last time i saw this the animal died the following day . The next morning i went out to do chores and to take maple out , as i was sure she would be dead . I got to her pen and she was laid out trapped under the feeder and was very vocal about the whole thing . I rescued her from that and propped her up under the heat lamp and began my chores . To my absolute amazement when i came back around to maple she was up eating hay and feed and water , i believe not sure what she wanted cause she wanted it all . I resumed her injections of pen intramuscular , very carefully as she is very skinny , and she has improved every day since . She is one for the books and all i can figure out is she had a case of pneumonia but not full blown , and is a very lucky girl i didn't take my friends advice and put her down . She is frail but i believe i should give her 7 days of pen . She only weighs about 25 lbs so i am giving her 3 cc 2x daily . Any other suggestions you have are appreciated , its your judgement saved this little girl . Shes got a long road ahead of her , but i believe with her determination to survive she just may have a chance . Thanks

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So wonderful to hear - indeed sometimes they get worse before they get better.  7 days of the pen is a good idea.  Amount is fine.  Is she also on probiotics and B complex?  Might continue the probiotics and B complex after she is done with her pen perhaps twice a week to give her system a little boost.  Also might suggest she get vitamin D3 at 2000 units twice a week (this oral too) and that will help her immune system.  Any extra items you want to try on her to put some weight on would be great - a little bread as one suggestion.  Calf manna/starter helps.  Even senior horse feed does well to help put weight on goats.  Hope this helps - indeed she is a determined little lady - very nice.  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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