I have a nanny goat that is just about 2 years old.She had her first kid in Feb.I noticed a couple of days ago that she seemed to be having trouble getting up and now she cant get up at all.She is eating and drinking and her bodily functions all seem to be fine but she cant stand up.It seems like her back end is the worst because she does try to use her front end.I have 7 goats in all and she is the only one like this.Feed and meds are same as always.Nothing new,nothing changed...Paul

Hi Paul:
Typically when the back end gets weak - it could either be due to heavy wormload  or  injury  from getting knocked by another goat or stuck somehow that compromised her spine - Have you dewormed her since she kidded? IF so with what and how much?  Ivomec PLUS is the most effective dewormer there is  - controlling  the gastrointestinal worms as well as liver fluke (this is the PLUS part) .. many people use Safeguard which is really only effective for tapeworm in goats -  I am including a link to my deworming article which is detailed with illustrations - http://goat-link.com/content/view/58/46/ - Kidding makes them much more susceptible to wormload.. and many times it goes unnoticed until months later when it really depletes the system..  Look at her inner eyelid membrane - (here is a color chart- http://goat-link.com/content/view/110/107 ) if it is less than bright pink she is anemic.. the lighter it is the worse the anemia is.. anemia will cause back leg weakness - In addition to deworming, she will need daily doses of vit B12 which helps the body to rebuild red blood cells -  this is a prescription medication BUT it can be found in the proper  amount in over the counter Vitamin B complex PLUS.. not the regular B complex.. -Look here at what I mean - http://goat-link.com/content/view/172/168/
Let me know if this hits the target - or if  she is properly dewormed and is not anemic..
If she is not anemic, try massaging her back along the spine.. see if this causes a reaction -  is it possible she got bonked hard by another goat? And you are Sure none of the feed is moldy?  What is her rectal temp? normal is 101.5 to103.5 - a failing goat whose body is shutting down will go below 100 which is very dangerous..  a fever is 104 or higher  also dangerous..  if she were not eating I'd suspect possible summer pneumonia.. but you mentioned her  appetite is fine..  let me know..



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