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I HAVE A GOAT THAT IS BETWEEN 7 TO 10 YEARS FOR 2 DAYS NOT EATING OR DRINKING SHAKES ALITLE SHE DID STAND UP TO DAY WHAT DO I DO OR GIVE TO HER THANKS DWAYNE

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Sounds like she has a pneumonia or other infection.  Would start on penicillin injectable - intramuscular injection into the thigh muscle given at 3 cc/100 pounds body weight with the first dose given at twice that dose (available at feed/farm stores) - use 20 gauge 3/4 inch needles - have you given intramuscular injections before? - give twice a day for 7 days.  Would also need to start on oral vitamin B complex (this also has B1/thiamin in it which is needed for goats when they are not eating) - five tablets - this is the human type - crush tablets and dissolve in a little hot water and also mix in two tablespoons of yogurt (any type), thinned enough with water so you can orally drench the goat with this - give this twice a day for 7 days.  Try warm molasses water to keep her hydrated.  If the goat will not drink for you would also need ro orally drench with water or electrolytes.  If weather is cold also bringing the goat into a shelter for extra warmth is a good idea.  If you can take a temperature that would be helpful - anything over 102.5 indicates a fever and that would indicate an infection (although pneumonia sometimes does not come with a fever).  Shaking can indicate a fever/chills - would also give the goat one 325 mg aspirin tablet (human type again) per 100 pounds body weight twice a day - also need to crush the tablet(s) - can mix in with the yogurt and vitamin B complex mixture.  Might also mix up an oatmeal (human type) mixture with some karo syrup or molasses and thin with more water so you can orally drench the goat with this - this helps keep her energy up and her rumen alive during treatment.

Hope this helps - 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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