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Maggie Leman
Username: maggieleman

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Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 08:53 am:   

Bottle jaw is from severe anemia, but anemia can have other causes besides worms. It is very possible her gut is still bleeding from all the worm damage, and yet she won't have worms at this time. Damaged gut will not absorb nutrients very well and this can cause her to be anemic and deficient. Poor teeth and not being able to chew cud well can agravate this problem. Give her something with iron, Goat Nutridrench, Geritol (use the adult dose), Redcell for horses (half the horse dose) twice a day to help rebuild her iron. These will also help boost her immune system and provide added trace minerals in case she is not getting adequate supplementation from the minerals you offer. Continue with the B Complex and probios. You can try soaking alfalfa cubes in water and offering those in place of harder to chew hay, offer a pelleted feed or feed supplement (like calf manna) in addition to her regular ration. Make any change slowly and let her get used to it. I have used rabbit pellets (high in alfalfa and one of the best goat rations in the country is based on rabbit pellets). Many rabbit pellets also contain lactobacillus a digestive microbe. Do a fecal exam at 3 weeks from the last deworming.

I have an middle aged wether I have to pamper this way to keep him from getting polio, he just won't eat right... Won't forage at all and won't go to the communal hay rack with the does he is with. We started him on rabbit pellets with his ration, and have slowly gotten him over to soaked alfalfa cubes and hay in his own special rack at night.

Most goats will let you know when they want to quit.... If she is willing to try listen to her. Often these old girls just need extra nursing and continued pampering to slowly turn the corner and continue on.
Maggie Leman
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