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Good Morning,
One of our goat herd has had runny, brown diarrhea for 2+ weeks. He is 9 1/2 yo and stopped walking a week ago. A dose of Pepto Bismol this Saturday made it worse. We have been giving electrolytes, Probios Plus, and Jumpstart. Diet has consisted of quality hay,small quantities of multi-grain chips/corn and occasional tree clippings. His appetite is now good and we no longer are having to use a drench gun. He weighs about 100 # and vaccines have included: 3cc oxytetracycline (200 mg/ml)x2, 1 week apart; C&D/T x1, 5 days ago. We added CMPK gel this week-end at vet's advice for muscle strength and noted his gums are white. All goats have since been dewormed with feed type pellets a week ago, and we will be using Fenbendazole today. Any advice would greatly be appreciated.

Brown diarrhea in an adult goat either indicates digestive upset or bacterial infection in the intestines.  Had he had a change in diet at all?  Had he gotten into anything he should not have gotten into recently? What color are his lower inner eyelids?  The muscle weakness as well as the white gums points to anemia and usually in mature goats without other injuries this is from the barber pole worm, not a worm that is usually kept in check by most wormers.  

I might start the following regimen.  Start with either human iron tablets - 5 tablet crushed and dissolved in a little hot water and given twice a day for 7 days, then dropped to once a day for 7 days.  You can also use geritol liquid (human type) and follow label directions for adult person.  These would help with the current anemia.  Would also keep him on probiotics and electrolytes for his energy.  Would also add selenium, vitamin E and D mix (ten of the 200 mcg selenium tablets crushed and dissolved in a little hot water and to that mixture add all the oil from a 1000 IU vitamin E capsule and all the oil from an 800 IU vitamin D capsule, mix well, and give orally now, and again in 2 days - this helps with strengthening muscles.  To cover for the barber pole worm, use of oral horse Safeguard wormer (Fenbendazole) works very well - dosing is use of 3 times the body weight of the goat to find the dose on the plunger, place the lock and give orally now, repeat again in 7-10 days, and repeat in another 7-10 days.

Glad he is eating well.  What type of hay is he on? Hope this helps - let me know - Donna  


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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres


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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.

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