Posted by GoatWorld on October 29, 2002 at 04:45:51:
In Reply to: Re: New Problem..Bloody Buck-Advise needed fast. posted by GoatWorld on October 29, 2002 at 04:38:49:
I just thought of something else. The bloody urine (if that is what you are seeing) indicates that something in the urinary tract has already ruptured and your vet is going to have to prescribe some type of antibiotics or else a secondary infection will result that can be just as fatal as the urinary calculi itself.
Urinary Calculi is caused by feeding feeds that are to rich in protein, too rich in calcium, or where an imbalance exists between the Calcium to Phosphorus ratio. There are also cases where certain hays will create this condition - too rich of an alfalfa content, and, going down the chain, where the hay has been grown in certain sandy soils.
The notion to remove water from a goat with urinary calculi is common but you want to keep them drinking - especially if you have dosed the water with an acidifier such as ammonium chloride. You have to have flow to get the stones to pass. Hopefully your vet will have good knowledge of this condition and be able to save your buck.
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