Post by tricottdairy on Apr 11, 2010 4:56:36 GMT -5
This is not urgent just looking for some answers.... a friend of mine brought me a baby goat over that she had purchased ... Boer... I have dairy.... its temp was 96 degrees.. I gave her Oxytet and Excenel.. Bose .. dexamethasone.. CDT... she was horribly covered in suckling lice .. I mean the worse case I have ever seen so I covered her in DE too.... got her temp up .. she was bouncing and playing that afternoon... thought she was fine... next morning temp back down to 98... did almost everything from the day before plus nutradrench .. a few hours later back to eating and playing.. next 2 days the same.. but the the last day she never came back around and passed away.... any ideas on what this could have been... I have had goats for my hole life and have never had one respond like this one did... Thank you
Post by garysfarmer on Apr 11, 2010 6:39:46 GMT -5
How old was it? I really don't have an answer but being covered with lice like that was the first problem. Could be possible that they may have caused an illness. Someone should be along with a more educated comment. Sorry for the loss. It has to be hard especially when you didn't see it coming.
Post by tricottdairy on Apr 11, 2010 7:25:15 GMT -5
she was 17 days old at the time of her death... the other thing I think was the problem is she bought it from a young guy (16) the mother was ill with an infection...he pulled the baby off from mom and sold her never getting her on a bottle ( I would never do this ...to bonded with mom at this point ours are taken at birth) so I think it may have had something to do with the mothers infection and shock to the kid.....
It sounds like she was just neglected from the start and without proper nutrition, she was likely anemic. Low temp often means that organs are shutting down...the rumen in particular. Not sure about how that correlates to this symptom in a kid so young, but I would also assume that the lice was a factor. I'm sorry you lost her, but it sure sounds like you did all you could to save her.
There is also a chance she never got the initial colostrum if she was pulled, and that is crucial to a kid having a healthy immune system.