Question We have a 3 week old Nubian male that from the start will not eat on his own. He has to be force fed. one night he was running around with the other new born goats everything seemed normal. Next morning he couldn't stand and wouldn't focus on anything. We thought he was going to die. We started giving him electrolytes he improved 100% but that is all he would drink. We tried to give him part milk then part electrolytes but he started to fail again. Then last night I gave him goat milk with a little cream of wheat in it he loved it and took 10 oz . but all this is feeding him with a syringe will not drink from a bottle. To day he is back to square one barely can stand and has a blank look in his eyes . Any suggestions what to do after 3 weeks we don't want to loose him now.
Answer What is his temperature? Anything over 102.5 would indicate a fever and an infection. Did you dip his cord in iodine after his birth? What type of nipple do you use? Many goat kids don't like the lamb nipples (black) but the Pritchard teats (yellow band/red nipple) work very well. Or you could try human baby nipple and bottle - if kid is small use premie nipple otherwise use newborn nipple. Would start him on selenium/D/E - use human vitamins/minerals - crush two 200 mcg selenium tablets and dissolve in a little hot water, to that add half the oil from a 1000 IU vitamin E capsule and half the oil from an 800 IU vitamin D capsule, mix well, cool and give orally now and again in 2 days. This would help his suck reflex and with strength. Change of nipples might also help. If he is running a fever would start on penicillin intramuscular (in the thigh with a 22 gauge 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch needle) at 1 cc twice a day for 5 days. Also would give 1/4 of a 325 mg human aspirin crushed and dissolved in a little hot water, cool and give orally every 4 to 6 hours to help with eating response and fever. The blank look in a kid goat's eyes many times comes from a fever. Hope this helps - let me know - Donna
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