It seems we are having a lot of problems recently...But I love having this site as a resource!
This morning my hubby and I went to milk and a new goat that we got about a week ago has nasal discharge streaming out her nose...I mean its like a river and she just drips it all over the stall she is in (she is in quarentine). I gave her some pen and she doesnt seem to be otherwise uncomfortable, eats with gusto, etc. We had wild weather and I am wondering if perhaps that set her off (75 on Sunday, below freezing yesterday and today). However, our buck has been getting over to her and sniffing her thru the stall slats and also has a slight discharge in his nose. I gave him some pen too, as a preventative, although he is no where close to what the other goat looks like. I dont have another stall or I would quarentine him off too...Am I just being nervous or should I keep him on a course of pen?
We also have several bottle babies and went out to feed them this morning and 2 of them have severely matted eyes with yellow goopy discharge (one kids eyes were so bad we had to help him get them open on one side). There eyes are not inflamed or pink, just gooey - any suggestion on what I can do? I have separated them from the others just in case it is infectious and not just them getting dust or something in their eyes. Should I shot them with some pen too? One kid is 2 months old and the other is almost 2 weeks old. I am not sure what dose to give kids...Thanks for any help!
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Post by wisdomseeker07 on Mar 4, 2008 10:52:50 GMT -5
It seems to be just a cold for now,save the pen for the real illness if it goes into pnuemonia.Use VetRx if you can get it. 2-3 drops down each nostril. Watch for labored respiration and coughing and then hit them with pen.Most goats get over colds in a few days,while others go on to pneumonia.You may want to put something in the eyes to help that because the eyes are one of the most precious parts of an animal,in my book anyways.
Post by Amy (farmmom) on Mar 4, 2008 10:54:52 GMT -5
Please get some VetRx and try it before giving all of the antibiotics. VetRx is used as drops in the nose and works wonders on my one goat who seems to have allergies. I can use it one day and by the next her nose is clear. It is also an herbal type med. I have my feed store order it for me, but have seen it at Atwoods. If you can't find it for goats, get some for Rabbits or chickens, it's all the same.
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
the vetRX is great stuff-----------ised it on my 11 yr old son!!!! He complained about his right ear hurting deep inside-------this from a kid who doesn't complain about getting hurt or being sick-----------didn't have anything to put in it and it was 9 at night and couldn't really go anywhere to get anything-------------had a new bottle in the medicine cabinet and put 3 drops in his ear---------next morning he said it felt great so I put a drop in it that morning and that night------fixed him right up---------he never had any fever, if he did I would have given some motrin and called the doctor the next day-still would have put the drops in..................it is only oils and herbs so someone not familiar with the product don't freak----------ALTHOUGH we were laughing about it and I did offer to give him a shot of PenG in the butt-----------he declined!!!
well, hoping he never does, but it sure enough fixed him right up..............just to hear him complian about something hurting is rare and I listen when he does.........it has been a few days now and I am glad to report not one bit of ear ache OR MITES
Post by goatsntoads on Oct 20, 2008 11:51:25 GMT -5
So i hope i'm putting this in the right place...it says not to start another thread so...
I brought home my second baby girl last night...the gal i got her from was just evacuated during a fire, but her goats were in a seperate pen from the other livestock evacuated. Obviously this was stressful, so she either picked up or just got a little cold...nasal discharge, occasional cough, but her lungs sound clear. The breeder gave her a shot of BioMycin (3mls) before we left and gave us some more to give her over the next week. From what the Medicine cabinet says that seems like too much for 50# goat. Also I will get some VetRx on the way home tonight. So the question is do i keep up the BioMycin? if so how many shots at what dose? Thanks
Post by goatsntoads on Oct 23, 2008 17:42:00 GMT -5
it seems like there is less runny nose, and now just a occasional burp/cough, like she is blowing out her nose...but nothing really comes out...i couldn't find the VetRx at any of the feed stores, checked 3! They used to have it at the one close to my old house, but not anymore...i didn't give another shot, but i might give the series if the cough/snort thing hangs around. The medicine cabinet says "3 cc per 100 lbs NO more than 5cc to any goat." so I'd probably give her 1.5-2cc if i need to give it again.
Try the PBS animal health catalog or Hoeggers Goat Supply online. I have a small doe that does this all the time. I've tried Baytril with no success. I started using the vet RX with fairly good results. I think hers is allergies I hope.