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I have a Spanish baby(3 months old) the doe delivered her early and rejected her.  We have bottle feed her and she lives in the house in a diaper.  For some reason she has came down with a fever, and is just lying around.  What can we do for her?

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HI Ronald-
what is her rectal temp? 101.5 to 103.5 is normal.. what is she eating in her bottles?  how often do you feed and how much each feeding? these things may be unrelated.  If you are feeding too much  and or using replacer as opposed to milk, this may be the issue.. ALSO 3 months old is a good age for wormload and cocci..  you should address both and check for lice.. prime age  and time of year for lice as well..

Articles (detailed info)  to read that will help you determine what may be going on with her.. if you have more questions please let me know.. the info you have given is little to go on.. from this end.. not seeing her  for myself ..

If she indeed has a fever (over 103.5) it very well could be pneumonia.. in which case she would go off feed..


kids and digestion: http://goat-link.com/content/view/99/86
milk replacer  information: http://goat-link.com/content/view/197/192
deworming: http://goat-link.com/content/view/58/46/
coccidiosis info: http://goat-link.com/content/view/145/155
pneumonia: http://goat-link.com/content/view/100/91

Hope this helps.. let me know if there is something more and  how she is doing

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