Goats/weak kid

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Hi Donna , computer has been down and have had to take care of a very weak 12 weak old doeling . She was given to me , along with 2 others , 2 of which were very run down . She is not anemic , but I wormed anyways , the other was anemic but after worming has bounced back and is doing fine . The basically starved kid had a severe case of diarrhea , and have been able to calm that down , I have her on vitamins , and the bio sponge has helped tremendously in settling down her tummy . I have her on milk now as its the only thing she will take pretty much . Fearing red river bacteria I have started antibiotics . She is really weak though finding it hard to stand . She was up and walking around when I first brought her home , but the diarrhea really took its toll on her . Don't know if theres any more I can do for her perhaps you can help .
      Re. the kids I have left with the liverfluke , you were bang on with the red river bacteria and penicillin has reversed their decline and now seem to be growing again , thanks .

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Hi there - sounds like you are doing everything for the weak doeling - I might also add selenium with vitamin E and D as this could be partially selenium deficiency which can occur in starving animals.  

So glad the penicillin is working for the others - I had only heard of the red river bacteria so did research on it - yup, I am always learning too!  

So glad the biosponge is helping - sweet!   Hope this helps - 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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