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I have a nubian doe that has 4 week old twins. Yesterday we found her very lethargic andhaving amber colored urine. She is in pain trying to urinate and only dribbles. Wont eat or drink has temp of 103. Gave her 3cc Penicillin last night and this AM. Gave her12cc Nutri Drench pm and am. Also got about 120cc water with electrolyte in her am and pm. Last night didnt look dehydrated pigment in eyes was a little pale but not bad. UTI ???

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Does her breath smell sickly sweet?  If so then this could be ketosis.  Glad you started on the penicillin as it could be a urinary tract infection.  The dark colored urine can indicate an infection, as does the 103 fever (anything over 102.5 is a fever/infection indicator) or it can indicate just dehydration or ketosis.  Getting lots of electrolytes down her is important, just as you are doing.  Continue the penicillin at 3 cc/100 pounds body weight twice a day for 7 days.  Also I don't use the nutridrench as it has propylene glycol in it and it can build up to become toxic to the goat.  Would definitely use human vitamin B complex with thiamine (keeps polio, a secondary disease, from starting because of not eating) at eight tablets crushed and dissolved in a little hot water, cooled and given orally twice a day.  She also needs probiotics twice a day - yogurt or powder or gel to keep her rumen alive.  She also can have one human 325 mg human aspirin per 100 pounds body weight every 4 to 6 hours to help get her fever down.  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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