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Goats/4 month with what we think is polio


Had to start our conversation over, because I couldn't figure out how to respond to your questions. She is eating, but not a lot. Seems depressed, stays by herself a lot and she will follow Mom sometimes. Drinks lots of water. Have been doing the Dex for 2 days. Been doing the pen g, b-comp and thiamine every 6 hours too. Seems all alone in the world. I let her outside all day and put her up by her self at night. Easier for me to do the 2am medicines. Thanks Rick

Let me know when she seems to be improving. Do you have Goat Health Care? On page 151 is a recommendation that you have water tested for sulfur and if it is high, find another water source. This can apparently interfere with thiamine. Also if you start feeding grain again, it should be added very slowly to avoid increasing thiaminases-producing bacteria in the rumen. I don't know where you live, but they can also get it from bracken fern. I had loaned a buck to some people on the coast in Oregon and both of their goats died from eating bracken fern. So if that is a possibility, look for it to make sure there is none accessible.

Because this has been going on for a while, she may never get back to 100%. I would be interested in hearing how she does, though. I know you have worked really hard to help her recover.


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Cheryl K. Smith


Goat Health Care; basic goat management. Author of Goat Health Care (2009) and Raising Goats for Dummies (2010)


Publisher of Goat Health Care, I have raised miniature dairy goats since 1998. I published Ruminations, the Nigerian Dwarf and Mini Dairy Goat magazine for 7 years and mentor other goat owners, as I was mentored for my first years.

American Goat Society (AGS), The Miniature Goat Registry (TMGR)

Raising Goats for Dummies (author) Goat Health Care (Editor and Author), Ruminations, Dairy Goat Journal, Issues in Law and Medicine, Topics in Health Records Management, Oregon Bar Bulletin, Midwifery Today, Countryside

BS, Health Information Administration JD, Law

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