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My goat fell from the trunk of the car onto concrete as we were taking it out. It hurt its back leg and now keeps it in the air. he is limping but not putting full weight on leg. We have applied a pain killer cream to his leg. What else can we.do?

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It is possible he just sprained his leg and it may take 3 or 4 weeks for him to begin using the leg again.  If it feels "floppy" or looks like a bone is not in the right place then it could be broken.  Use of a "pain cream" is good, but use of an "all over" pain control medicine would help, this would be something like aspirin - do you have availability of human type aspirin? Also making sure the goat can get to water and food without fighting other goats for it is important.  Hope this helps.  

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

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Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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