Question Hi Donna, been working with my girl, still very sick but taking nourishment not sure if it's enough or even safe though. Breakfast this morning consisted of 4 slices of bread whole wheat as she loves bread and a plain bagel, 2 cups warm goats milk, and 2 cups electrolytes with molasses in it. And two oranges another favorite. Going to buy some oatmeal and make a mush for her for dinner. So is this ok, and she eats every 2 hours or so, and drinks willingly. What is causing the abdominal cramps? usually comes in waves of two and then will ease off a bit, but she is in constant distress with this as she moans a bit. No matter the pain she keeps eating. When the pain comes is when the drool comes, clear fluid. She doesn't want hay, would take grain but I won't give it. Is there anything I can give for this abdominal cramping? And would yogurt be safe to give? Thanks, O she is getting the B1 AND PEN G AND PROBIOTICS EVERY 6 HOURS.
Answer When she first was ill did she have any white foam around her mouth? It is certainly possible she has enterotoxemia, although generally it only affects younger goats - might give her CDT toxoid if you have it - 2 cc now, again in 4 hours and again in 8 hours. Re the abdominal cramps that is usually from a toxin. You can use alcohol for it - some type of liquor or beer - 1 or 2 ounces every 4 hours can help with the spasms. Hope this helps - Donna
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