Post Number: 561
Posted From: 220.127.116.11
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|Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 08:09 am: |
This could be goat polio, and this is caused by a thiamin deficiency. You can use Fortified B Complex Injectable to treat this, give 1 cc per 20 pounds by SQ injection every 4 hours for the first day or 2, then 2 to 3 times a day for 5 to 7 more days. You can use Regular B complex injectable but you have to give 1 cc per 2 pounds by SQ injection. Fortified B Complex has 100 mg/ml of thiamin (vitamin B1), and the regular has only 12.5 mg/ml of thiamin. The dose is 5 mg/pound of body weight, don't worry too much about overdosing, any excess is passed in the urine. Many feed stores carry this, many vets have it too, buy a whole bottle. You need to begin treatment ASAP. If the goat doesn't have polio the treatment won't do any harm.
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Jay Sheffield (Unregistered Guest)
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|Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 06:45 am: |
I just found this website and hope you can help. I have a 5 week old Pygmy wether that started showing signs of hind leg stiffness 6 days ago. He's with other goats and horses, and I first thought he might have been bumped by one of them. After 2 days, he was stiff in his neck and front legs as well, his eyes appeared to be slightly bulging, and his abdomen felt hard. I immediately suspected tetanus and administered anti-toxin, plus peniciilin and Milk of magnesia. He's eating both grain and hay fine and urinating well, but I have not seen him pass any feces. I'm continuing penicillin and milk of magnesia daily. He's still showing all the same symptoms, but has not shown any worse ones (i.e. lockjaw, noise sensitivity, rocking horse stance, etc) that I would associate with tetanus. He does not vocalize like he's in pain and allows me to manipulate all his legs. He tries to run and play with the other baby goats, so I think his attitude is good, but his stiffness prevents him. Does this sound like tetanus or is there another disease that can mimic the symptoms? Any suggestions on further treatment? I don't have a good goat vet in my area, so I'm turning to the web. Any help is greatly appreciated!