I have a young kid roughly 3-4 weeks old. Pokie has been doing fine on goat milk supplement, but recently she has trouble walking. She'll walk a few feet and then either lay or flop down, and when she tries to get up, she flails a bit before getting up. An her appetite has also dropped. Today would be the 2 day her appetite has changed. She'll go for the bottle as if starving but not finish the bottle. I've heard of giving baking soda, but not on how much.
a tsp of baking soda wetted on a teaspoon like toothpaste and directly into the mouth is what I do.. repeat in a few hours.. also take rectal temp - normal is 101.5 to 103.5 higher than 104 might be pneumonia or other infection in the body - lower than 100 maybe the body trying to shut down
If baby has not been properly dewormed or treated for cocci this is prime age for these - read on ...
First of all look at her inner eyelid color- I would bet it is light pink or white due to anemia most likely form parasites. as this is the perfect age for wormload and coccidiosis to take hold of a kid - and does so quickly - read both of these articles on deworming and coccidiosis - as well as how to look at inner eyelid membrane
Anemia eye color chart- http://goat-link.com/content/view/110/107/
Deworming - http://goat-link.com/content/view/58/46/
Coccidiosis - http://goat-link.com/content/view/145/155/
Secondly if you are feeding a milk replacer time to get the bay off the replacer - as IMHO it is beginning to do it's damage to the digestion - my guess is you have not had this kid from birth? Even if you have, the milk replacer is not good for the digestion - will cause lack of appetite and scouring leading to more serious complications - here is how to change the feeding from my bottle baby article here- http://goat-link.com/content/view/94/76
Excerpt from Article-
I cannot tell you how many emails and phone calls I get a week (sometimes so many in just a DAY) from gals who are losing kids due to kid milk replacers- Even the "best" replacers. "Even" the ones that say "kid replacer" Just don't use them. They are expensive and really not your best choice.
OMG! But How do I change them over? Just start giving them milk?
Surprised Well you could but it probably won't help the digestion any because any sudden change in diet will give gut upset and intestinal issues. Rather change them over gradually and here's how:
The best way to change from replacer to milk is:
Mix up a quart of any good livestock electrolyte mix (I prefer Vi-Tal) But any good MILKLESS electrolyte powdered solution will work (read the ingredients) , ( or in a pinch you can use gatorade, pediolyte or sports drink) , add to each bottle 2 pumps of goat nutri-drench (or equivalent) and a tsp of molasses or corn syrup to each bottle for energy.
If you do NOT have any electrolytes you can make some in a pinch-
Homemade Electrolyte Solution
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp NO-Salt (potassium)
1 tsp baking soda
4 oz corn syrup or molasses
Add warm water to make 4 pints and mix well. Give this as a replacement for milk bottles until the kid is feeling better- Usually 24 hours.
This will be a 4 day feeding process:
Day 1- use this exclusively in all bottles
Day 2 -give 1/2 this solution and half milk (regular whole cows milk from the grocer)
Day 3- give 2/3 milk and 1/3 this solution
Day 4-give all whole milk
This allows the baby goat to adjust to the change gradually and reduces the chance of further gut upset.
IF Your baby is already down and weak
First take the rectal temperature so you know what you are dealing with- a subnormal temperature needs a quick response from you to bring the core body temperature back to normal article gives advice on how to do this - Take the baby off milk completely for at least 36 hours, You will need to give an electrolyte solution (I also add a pinch of baking soda and some form of easy to assimilate sugar such as molasses or corn syrup-just a little bit for energy) and administer CD Antitoxin injections to kill the toxins in the gut caused by the milk in the belly not being able to digest. Once the poop has become normal and the baby is holding a normal temperature and no longer weak you can Gradually change the baby to milk as mentioned above
You also need to determine if the baby is suffering from FKS or ecoli - ecoli will have a fever present and I administer BioSol (neomycin sulfate) in addition to treatment for birth chill - FKS usually happens at about a week old (overfed bottle babies being the exception) and the kid will have a sub normal temperature- baking soda is the answer for this - a tsp of baking soda dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water will neutralize the gut (If tube feeding 60ccs of this will be enough) -in addition, milk of magnesia will help to push the nasty stuff from the system (only a half tsp for tiny kids)- then begin your regimen of electrolytes for the next day or so before you reintroduce milk.
Get back to me if you have further questions - but read these things and address as needed -