Posted by Gretchen on May 01, 2001 at 02:06:28:
In Reply to: Signs of copper,zinc,iodine lack posted by Eve on April 30, 2001 at 18:55:15:
I guess you didn't find anything nutritional to cause her problem. Think you need to consider Laminitis /Founder. Goats with acute laminitis of the forelimbs may walk on their knees.
Goat Medicine states:
It can occur after sudden changes in feed, excessive feeding of grain, break into feed room. After kidding in association with retained placenta, after metritis, pneumonia, mastitis, and after enterotoxemia.
Laminitis has also been observed after normal kidding, and in association with unspecified allergic conditions.
If this is her problem, treatment consists of analgesics to reduce pain in the feet and to keep the animal mobile. Reduction of grain and frequent corrective foot triming.
If possible try to get with a vet to start her on a treatment plan, it will possibly need to be long term.
I would go ahead and worm her, she has a problem but does not sound sick.
I tried to look up Laminitis online for you and didn't come up with much, there is alot on horses and laminitis, here is what I found. Maybe someone else can find more.
laminitis , also called founder, inflammation of the lamina, the innermost layer of the hoof wall in horses, ponies, and donkeys. Although the condition usually affects only the front feet, it may involve all four feet. Both acute and chronic forms occur. The laminae become inflamed because of congestion of blood and accumulation of toxins in the hoof region resulting from any of several causes, e.g., consumption of large quantities of grain; ingestion of large amounts of cold water by overheated horses; concussion during fast, hard road work; and toxemia following pneumonia or infection of the uterus. The signs of acute laminitis appear rapidly and include sweating, a rise in temperature to as high as 106°F (62°C), a pounding pulse in the digital artery to the involved hoof, an expression of anxiety, and a stance with the legs forward of their natural position so as to reduce the pain of weight bearing. Chronic laminitis is characterized by a shifting or rotation of the bone and other anatomical distortions in the hoof. The disease is treated by eliminating the causative factors, administering drugs for the acute form, and trimming hooves.
ACUTE LAMINITIS, FOUNDER IN RUMINANTS
Description: Common, sudden onset of lameness in front feet or all 4 feet, with no other cause. Feet can feel hot with a digital pulse as in horses, but not always. Can be followed by chronic founder, with abnormal growth of the hoof. Dx by clinical signs of sudden onset of pain in multiple feet with no other cause. Adults and calves (sometimes in outbreaks) affected. May be primary or secondary to other diseases. Prognosis is good, but some cases become chronic. Digestive system signs can be present in cases secondary to grain overload.
CHRONIC LAMINITIS IN RUMINANTS AND PIGS
Description: Ungulates that have suffered from acute laminitis often develop chronic hoof deformities and overgrowth after recovery from the acute stage.
Species: Bovine, Caprine, Ovine, Porcine
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