My goat had the baby at 2:30 yesterday a billy ,She did not do anything after that this Am still hanging went to work call the vet he said to just pull it out!!!!!When I stop by to get meds to keep from inf. he gave me a shot to give under the skin and said she would be fine.When I got home she had passed what was hanging but not sure if there is more in side her it did not look as big as the other that gave birth this week. What else sould I do he said one shot was all she needed to be on the safe side.it was a blue to black color in the shot.
Post by Rose's Goats on Apr 22, 2010 8:00:08 GMT -5
Hm.. I don't know about your vet. To pull on a placenta is just about the worst advice ever! Never pull on it because it is attached to the uterus at "button" points. If those buttons get ripped, they will bleed internally and get infected and kill the goat. My advice is to leave it. If it is dragging on the ground then tie it in a wad with string so the goat can't step on it and tear it.
It's very hard to say what the shot could have been. I have dealt with a retained placenta by giving the goat oxytocin to keep contractions going to expel the rest of the afterbirth. I also inserted some terramycin uterine boluses into her uterus to prevent infection. I also gave her a 5 day treatment of injections of Biomycin (terramycin antibiotic). In your case, I would recommend the Biomycin for five days. You can get this at Tractor Supply or similar store along with needles and syringes. Dosing instructions are in the One-Click Reference section of this board under Medicine Cabinet.
If nothing is hanging out, I would not give the shot and assume she passed it. There is always the chance she ate part of it and that was why it appeared smaller than anticipated. I agree with Rose...give the antibiotics to be safe and she should be fine. As long as she is eating, drinking and acting normally, I would not worry.