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Just following up w/ my little doe. She has not had a fever for 2 days now. Will be giving her 3rd dose of LA 300 this evening.  She is still not active. Just lays down most of the time. She does attempt to walk a bit when we take her out of pen but just hlds her back leg completely off ground. If u touch it, she yells. It does not feel warm at all but I do not know what to do. Is there something we can do to help it heal?  Will it heal?  Really feeling bad because we didnt know we were huring her w/ the needle!

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Thanks for the update.  Is she otherwise drinking her milk, peeing and pooping okay.  You could hole off on that third dose and watch her - she may or may not need it - hard to say at this point.  You could keep her on oral tetracycline (livestock type - usually in the poultry section of the feed store) if you wanted to keep her on antibiotics for a bit longer. Not much you can do to help the muscle damage - you can continue giving her aspirin to help with pain and discomfort.  There is a homeopathic remedy for trauma to muscles and bones - called Arnica Montana - these remedies come in tiny pellets that are taken orally by people but for goats I usually dissolve in a little hot water, cool and give all of the mixture - you can give twice a day for a couple of days - this does help with healing.  For kid goats under about 15 pounds would use two pellets each time.  These are available at supplement/natural food stores - sometimes drug stores do carry them.  Would expect the muscle damage to start healing up in about 2 weeks time - at least not so much carrying the back leg.  Hope this helps - 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.

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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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