Goats/baby goat

Advertisement


Question
i have a baby goat that was born yesterday morning both of his front legs are bent forward at the wrist joint so he walks on his knees  what is it caused from and what can i do to help him straighten the joints?   i gave him vitamin e yesterday but still like that this morning   his sister is fine nice and straight

Answer
This is usually from selenium deficiency - would give him one 200 mcg human selenium tablet (crushed and dissolved in a little hot water) and to that add half the oil from a 1000 IU vitamin E capsule and half the oil from an 800 IU vitamin D capsule - mix, cool and give orally, and repeat tomorrow.  May have to repeat one more time in 7 days but you should see improvement within 24 to 48 hours after first dose.  Was he the smaller of the two?  Was the mom small? Sometimes the selenium deficiency along with cramped conditions can easily cause this but usually it is repairable.  Did the mom get her selenium/vitamin E and D supplement 4 weeks prior to kidding?  Even though you gave him vitamin E yesterday, repeat again in the above dosing.  Let me know - Donna

Goats

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


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

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.