Post Number: 674
Posted From: 22.214.171.124
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|Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2006 - 08:00 am: |
Hi Bev, I sent you a response to your 911 request. You are seeing spastic paresis. You can read about this in pygmy goats at http://kinne.net/paresis.htm. I have had 4 pygmies with this all unrelated bloodlines. I did the surgery to 2 of them but the condition returned within a year. Print out the article and take it to your vet. With some the condition remains fairly slight with others is is severe (yours is severe), for all of the goats affected it is life changing. It doesn't seem to be especially painful until arthritis sets in from the strain in the joints. It is essentially a genetic disease with an unknown environmental trigger. There is no real cure only a temporary fix.
Take him off the paste this is very hard on their stomachs causing ulcers and won't have any effect on his condition.
Only you and your vet can decide what to do. I wouldn't use him for breeding anymore.
I see you don't list any supplemental minerals for your goats (on your 911 request). We haven't seen a single case in our herd of over 80 since starting minerals with adequate copper and zinc. We use a loose mineral for beef cattle with 1200 ppm copper and 3000 ppm zinc. You are in an area that is mineral deficient.
Goat 911 Capri Medic
bev mcfadden (Unregistered Guest)
Posted From: 126.96.36.199
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|Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2006 - 07:54 am: |
Im sorry,I think I posted wrong the first time!
My BillyGRuff has real sore back feet.He wont walk on them very long and even sits to eat.He bears his weight on his front feet when he walks and holds his back feet off the ground.My trimmer says his hooves are fine.His joints seem a little tender when I try to check him out.Ive had him on Phenylzone paste for three days and dont see any improvement.I am taking him to a vet tomorrow but would still like input from other pygmy lovers,,,,thanks