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We have been raising goats for 8 years and I've never seen anything like this before. We have about 60 goats right now and 7 of our 3-4 month old kids are all showing the same symptoms. They seem to lose over all energy and then lose the strength in their front legs. They continue to eat and drink normally.
1. I took the temps of 4 they range from 101.3 to 104.1.
2. All of them are ruminating
3. We are in Northeast PA.
4. Some have normal goat berries but a couple have what I call dog poo. It is shaped like dog poo but smaller
5. All are eating and drinking normally.
6. Some are still walking some are walking on their front knees.
7. I have given them all B Complex.
8. 3-4 months
9. about 2 weeks
10. Both male and female all are cross bred Boers.
11. They are getting the same organic hay and grain since being weaned. No changes.

Hi Tom:
This is the Prime age for lice, cocci and wormload -  if they have not been dewormed properly, treated for cocci or deloused -   these are classic symptoms of heavy wormload or cocci  - even lice - all 3  attack kids just at this age
IN Addition if you are in a selenium deficient area  they may need a Bo-Se injection (from the vet)  for  white muscle disease  - BUT I would first check inner eyelid color and  deworm PROPERLY - if the poop has a distinct  strong odor, it may be cocci - look at the belly, under arms etc for lice  as well this will make them weak -  I will attach a few articles that go into detail for you -

check eyelid color for anemia

Proper deworming


Lice treatment

White Muscle Disease

Selenium Deficiency (aka White Muscle Disease) can cause weak rear legs in newborn and young kids and can keep the kid from swallowing. Walking on one's pasterns can also be a sign of selenium deficiency. Your county extension service agent or feed company nutritionist should be able to tell you if you are in a selenium-deficient area. Prescription BoSe should be injected into newborns and young kids in selenium-deficient areas at a dosage rate of 1/2 cc given IM. Dosage for adult dams is 2-1/2 cc's, also given IM. Do not use MuSe; it is too strong for goats. BoSe is an injectable combination of selenium and Vitamin E.  


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