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Goats/Boer/nubian 1 yr old billy


I've hadn't any issues with himsense he was born. 2 days ago he started walking in tight circles left. started staying by himself . I've wormed him and also feeding him Kelp vitamin D C and B shots.I was also wondering if I can use my cattle pour on wormer on him.It is IVERMAX .   It will kill round worms brown stomach worms lungworms grubs sucking lice biting lice mange mites and horn flies

This either polio which is always a secondary disease caused by not eating which is caused by another illness, or it is listeriosis from eating something moldy.  Is there any foam around his mouth?  Has he been vomiting at all?  Is he eating or drinking currently?  Peeing and pooping? Are the B injections a B complex or just a B12? Since we do not know what is causing this circling, I would start him on penicillin injections (feed store has penicillin as well as the needles/syringes) - use 3 cc/100 pounds body weight given twice daily for 5 to 7 days - this is an intramuscular injection - have you give these before? Along with the penicillin he will need to be on vitamin B complex which contains thiamin - lack of thiamin, also called B1,causes polio which one symptom can be walking in circles.  You can also give human B complex at 5 tablets crushed and dissolved in a little hot water given orally, giving it twice a day for 7 days.  He also should have probiotics to keep his rumen working - human yogurt works well at 2 tablespoons twice daily - you can mix this in with the dissolved B complex tablets mixture. Stomach worms or lungworms would not cause the circling.  You should not use pour on wormers on goats.  Hope this helps - let me know - call if you need to at 360-742-8310.  Donna


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.


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.

NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

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4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

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Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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