Post Number: 1101
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
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|Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 09:25 am: |
Check her lower inner eyelids for color. They should be bright rosy or salmon pink (for that matter check all of the goats). If they are pale pink or white she is anemic from worms. Deworm with Ivermectin injectable for Cattle and Swine given orally at 1 cc per 25 pounds. Be generous do not underdose. I would also treat for polio, a thiamin (viatamin B1) deficiency. You must give adequate doses of thiamin at frequent intervals. You can use FORTIFIED B Complex (this has 100 mg/ml of thiamin). Give it every 2 to 4 hours for the first day, then 2 to 3 times a day for another week until her digestive microbes can adjust to her new diet and start producing adequate thiamin again. Polio and worms can kill very quickly, watch the other goats for signs.
The Goat Serum is a fine immune system stimulant but that is all it is. It doesn't work overnight especially for problems caused by parasites or mineral or nutritionally caused (metabolic) diseases such as polio and enterotoxemia.
Goats whose diet has changed dramatically, even to one with no grain can suffer from diseases like polio and enterotoxemia. ANY sudden change in diet where the digestive microbes are not allowed to adjust gradually can cause this. The move to a new farm is stressful and causes worms that were dormant to become more active. All goats should be dewormed effectively on moving day and 2 weeks later.
Goats being forced to make a living on just forage can not deal with a worm load. Please also provide a mineral made especially for goats on forage only, Sweetlix makes a good one. Goats can exist on forage only but will not thrive and if they are also expected to produce kids and raise them they need better nutrition. Kikos in their home country have 100's of acres to graze and browse and wander great distances eating only the best plants and therefore do well. All goats will forage and clear brush even well fed ones. Provide a good quality grass hay. Goats forced to eat all of the forage in a pasture will eat toxic plants and will eat plants close to the ground picking up many many more parasite eggs than they normally would.
Goat 911 Capri Medic
Barrett (Unregistered Guest)
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
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|Posted on Sunday, August 06, 2006 - 06:47 am: |
I am new to goats and bought 22 kiko cross females about a weak ago. Yesterday, I found one of the does away from the group with the buck. When I approached her she ran but started stumbling in her rear legs. She has normal feces and I have seen her urinate. I also saw her eating some weeds. The goats are not on any grain only roughage because I got them for brush control. I gave her a shot of 5cc of Goat Serum Concentrate and when I checked her this morning she looked the same. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Lake Wales, Florida