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On New years eve the neighborhood was really loud this year. I had moved my goats to an indoor area, because of the rain etc. a couple weeks ago. They have been fine. New years eve was a different story. They were very frightened and clamoring in the barn. Once the fireworks stopped they calmed down. In the morning when I went to feed one doe would not put her left hind leg down. Her hip area would quiver while she stood and ate breakfast. I took her temp, fine, she is pooping normal. I gave it a day and now it is two days and she is not much better. She does not want me to touch her hip area let alone her leg, so I am unsure of where the injury actually is. She will stretch the leg out behind her on occasion. She still has enough spunk to boss her little sister around. She will limp around on it if motivated by treats. She gets up and down fine. Just don't know what to do for her. What do you recommend? Also she may be pregnant.

Hi Cheryl:

She probably got knocked or stepped on by another goat who was also freaked.. (I hate fireworks like you my goats are terrified of them) I think I would wait and see for a few more days UNLESS it gets worse..  you can give her an adult aspirin 325mgs.. not advil or tylan.. only real aspirin.. to help relieve the pain.. but keep in mind.. it is the pain  that keeps her from over using the leg .. they  know what they are doing when they favor something like this..  if it gets worse or not at all better by midweek  - maybe a call to the vet for xrays.. Keep an eye on her temp.. and her  appetite.. If ANYthing changes  for the worse.. I would call the vet.. I had a large wether who fractured his hip.. he still limps  and it took months for him to  even get around normally.. but he is fine now.. there was really nothing I could do except pamper making sure he  had everything he needed relatively close by..  and give daily aspirin.. surgery was not an option and putting him down certainly was not..  they heal better than one would think.. over the years I have had many many broken legs that healed very well.. if you are uncomfortably concerned then seek the vet..  to reassure you and  possibly have an definitive answer.. if you are comfortable waiting.. then wait.. and see how this develops..  


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