I hope someone can help! We are long-term house sitting for my in-laws who have about 12 pygmy goats. Last night, my husband heard one of them cry out and then fall over. She got up a few minutes later, staggered over to the barn and would not get back up. He looked her over, she didn't appear to be in labor or have any fluid coming out. She may be pregnant, but I don't know how to tell.
This morning, we went to check on her and she wouldn't let us anywhere near her. She got up and tried to run away, slammed into a wall like she was "drunk" and couldn't walk straight. Her head and eyes are also wobbly. We gave her some corn feed and water, and after we backed off she got up and happily ate it and drank the water. She normally feeds off of the grass and leaves in their pen, with corn feed a few times a week. It's been very hot here in florida, but they seem to stay in the shade and are OK.
I don't know what to do! I can't find a farm vet ANYwhere around Orlando here, and it's sunday so the one tiny feed store nearby is closed. Can we do ANYTHING for her? I feel like she is suffering and don't know what to do.
Post by silverthorn on Aug 1, 2010 16:37:33 GMT -5
Tomorrow, get some Fortified vitamin-B and give her a really large dose. It sounds like she has thiamine deficiency, also known as polio.
Also get selenium-vit E gel. That's usually at large enough feed stores, or you can order it online. Selenium deficiency can do some crazy things, often having to do with balance and joints.
Pull down her lower eyelid and tell us what color it is. It should be a nice pink. If not, she needs worming also.
Stop giving her the corn. It's better for her to have no corn then corn. It heats up a lot in their rumen and can do some nasty things. I've seen goats permanently founder because of corn. Go get a bag of sheep feed, not goat feed, because pygmy goats are sensitive to copper. (Unlike other breeds of goats.) Keep all the receipts so you can be reimbursed later.
You've already been given some pretty good advice. As for my 2 cents worth, I'd make sure you get her some "Fortified" Vit B Complex in her. You can do it orally. 3 or 4 cc/ml morning & night. It is a great source of what a goat needs. I would also get some power punch or nutri drench. These three items are specifically made to boost a goat's system. Goats can die on you rather quickly so don't delay. Keep us posted, we'll try to help you the best we can.