Goats/sick goat kid


I have a goat kid about 5 weeks old.  I've had it for 3 weeks and was told it was 2 weeks old when I got it and the doe.  He sounded a bit wheezy when I got it but has since developed a snotty nose (white snot) and a cough.  He is still eating and growing but is lethargic and not as playful as the others.  It's rectal temp has been 102-104.  I haven't given antibiotics because I didn't think this was an elevated temp.  What should I do?

HI Joanne:

Sorry  to get back to you this late - just now saw the notice I had a question waiting -
I use the antibiotic tylan200 for upper respiratory  - you can get this at the feed stores usually -  the generic  name is tylosin200 - this is not the same as LA200 - The dosage I use is 1cc/25lbs injected SQ twice a day for 5 days - this does sting at the injection site - some react some not - but it works quick for  upper respiratory -
ALSO what is this kid eating? I assume this is a bottle fed baby -  I  am wondering if you are feeding  milk replacer and if this is the case - this alone could be the reason he is acting lethargic - having the snotty nose may be coincidence . If this kid is being fed by his mom still he may also have allergies -  new home - new plants
104 is the border of fever - If I had a kid  with these symptoms  with a 104 rectal temp  and not on milk replacer - I would start treating for  upper respiratory with the tylan200.

This is tylosin200

This is the brand name Tylan200

This is bottle feeding baby goats article  (just in case)

Article on pneumonia

Hope this helps  


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