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My little 1mo old Saanan seemed to have bumped his nose last week, it was reddish, swollen a little and had a small vertical split/cut on it, very shallow and clean. Now a week latter the nostril is still all swollen (seems to be getting bigger) and chapped, and I see no sign whatsoever of the split/cut. What can it be? And why does it just keep getting bigger and puffier?

Answer
Sounds like an infection/abscess.  Is he eating and drinking okay?  What is his temperature?  Anything over 102.5 indicates an infection that is going through his system.  I would start him on injectable penicillin at 1 cc twice a day intramuscularly for 5 days.  He also would need probiotics during this time - yogurt or gel or powder.  You may need to open this if it becomes so tense that is stretching the skin.  I would also start him on a baby aspirin (81 mg) one crushed and dissolved in a little hot water, cooled and given orally twice a day to help with pain and inflammation.  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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