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My goat had a limp in his back leg thought maybe the dog got a little rough with him they are good friends but he had a little scab so I moved him into the garage cleaned him up out some a&d ointment on it and left him inside for a few days know he is not using eather of his back legs really and has a fluid build up on the one I am laid off right know so can't really afford a trip to the vet butt I love the little guy so I want to help him out

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HI Eric:

This is not good Eric and I know.. Been there done that with the money situation - have you had him on any injectable antibiotics? What does the actual injury site look like? How about his rectal temp.. what is it? Anything higher than 103.5 is considered fever  which means infection. Injury on one leg should not have  affected the other leg. Not being able to see this and actually look at it first hand.. hard to tell..  how is his appetite? Still eating  and drinking? Still peeing and pooping? What worries me is any puncture type wound is very susceptible to tetanus - you mention he is not using either leg but is he able to stand at all? When was he dewormed last? What dewormer  did you use ?  is he thin and weak? What color are the inner eyelid membranes?

If you can answer these questions for me and  get back to me in a followup  that would be great..  any and all info  added is also helpful even if it doesn't seem important.  

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Specializing in New Goat Owner understanding of goat physiology, goat anatomy, goat care and herd management. *I am not a veterinarian, any advice and information should be verified by your veterinarian before administering to your goats. (! During times of severe weather in the Midwest, I may experience a delay in internet service due to the interference of the satellite reception - but will answer your questions as soon as service is restored. !) Note: Keep in mind, the goat expert is volunteering her time to help other goat owners, she also runs her farm with her own herd of 100 goats and may not be at her computer at all hours. Questions are answered as soon as she can possibly read and answer them, usually within 24 hours.

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23 years experience of raising goats and herd management. Active hands on experience with goat herd and research with various Caprine University Research and Extension Centers nationwide. 15 years dedicated to helping other goat breeders/owners with goat anatomy, goat disease and goat health care issues via phone, published goat care articles and internet interaction. The information I have to offer is not only from personal experience and years of research updated often as new information is made available to me, but supported by many Veterinary Research colleges and all medications and information I have to offer on how the medications work and what dosages "I" use, is information I have acquired by discussing directly with the company's veterinarians and staff research experts.

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Graduate Programs in Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

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