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Donna,please help!!! I had my little billy banded, de-horn the Vet had to cut them off the horns.Had to take him back many times and many shots..But his front and now rear knees are swollen,he tries to walk but very painful..Sometimes i think these vets want to see how deep your pockets are..He was going to petting zoo but doubt about it..I don't know if this is fluid or infection..Donna,I so need  your HELP!!! Love ya, and Thanks A million..David Smith

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Sounds like he has joint ill/infection into the joints.  What antibiotics is he currently on?  Any other medications he is currently on?  Would go with penicillin at 3 cc/100 pounds - going a little higher/not less; would double the dose for first dose and then regular dose twice a day for 7 days.  He also needs probiotics during this time - yogurt is fine or probios, etc. twice a day.  If he is not eating or drinking he needs to be orally drenched with electrolytes every few hours along with getting vitamin B complex - use 4 tablets crushed and dissolved in a little hot water, cooled and given orally twice a day.  Would also give him aspirin at 1/2 of a 325 mg human aspirin (again crushed and dissolved in a little hot water) and given orally every 4 hours until pain/swelling seems less.  I expect he has a very high fever (anything over 102.5 is a fever and 103 to 105 is a high fever).  The injections need to be given intramuscularly in the thigh muscles - use of a 22 or 20 gauge 1/2 to 3/4 inch length needles are best.  Hope this helps - keep me posted - 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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