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Hi Donna , i have a 2 day old lamb i rescued from certain death as he has a problem getting to his feet . Once up he is fine but when he lays down again he ends up on his side and can't get up . He has been drinking very well till today . Last night was a terrible cold night and even with a heat lamp he was cold . I got two onces in him . He has a little raddle in his chest so i gave him a shot of pen fast acting 2cc . I'm not used to lambs so is this ok ? and do i need probiotics also ? Hes basically sleeping on his feet now , i have brought him in the house where its warm . Thanks
Any advice is welcome .

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So glad you brought him in the house.  Sounds like pneumonia.  Penicillin works great - usual dose is 3 cc/100 pounds and for newborn kid goats and lambs I use 1/2 to 1 cc twice a day for 3 days.  Does not need probiotics currently at this age.  He also is most likely selenium deficient - would give one 200 mcg human selenium (crush and dissolve in a little hot water) and then to that add half the oil from a 1000 IU human vitamin E capsule and half the oil from an 800 IU capsule of vitamin D - mix, cool and give orally - repeat this the following day.  Hope this helps - let me know - 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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