I have learned a lot from this forum, thanks gang! I have a 3yr old pygmy wether who, for some reason, has started breathing quickly and shallow. I noticed this about 2 weeks ago and I thought he was just really excited to see me. (He loves me!) Now he seems to keep his shallow, quick breathing up for a long time. It is just quick breathing out of his nose. He has no discharges, pooping and peeing and eating just fine. I took his temp and it is a little high. I did take it after he had been breathing funny for about an hour though. He is overweight but not obese. His lungs sound clear and he is not showing any signs of distress. He was just wormed a month ago and this does not seem to be a problem. He is not doing this when I first arrive, just after I give him his hello hugs and snugs and then continues on from there. I looked up the symptoms for lung worm and he doesn't fit into that category. Do any of you have any hints? Also, where would I find his pulse without a stethoscope?
Please keep in mind that I am by no means a goat expert, I have only had a couple of pet goats in my suburban backyard for 8 years or so and I have been on this site seeking advise for my sick goat.
I have no idea if it would be relevant but I have had a pony that exibited the same type of shallow breathing for no apparent reason and when we tested his blood we found he was extremely anemic. We started him on "Red Cell" liquid to increase his red blood cell count and as the count increased the "panting" dissapeared.
I would definately ask someone with more goat experience that me but it's an idea.
Post by Rose's Goats on Sept 21, 2010 8:42:47 GMT -5
I am not sure about the panting. Is it hot where you live? That could be it. Does he stop panting at any time? Does he do anything else while panting?
To check for anemia, pull his bottom eyelid down and look at the color of the membrane. It should be dark pink to red in a goat with no anemia. If it is white/gray/light pink, then the goat is anemic. Anemia in goats is most often caused by worms or coccidia. What type of dewormer did you use last? Is it the same type you have always used, or do you rotate dewormers? If his eyelids are pale, I would deworm him again using a different dewormer. Then give him Red Cell supplement every day for a few weeks to bring his iron count back up.
Thanks for the replies, I checked his eyelids and they are a nice dark pink. I wormed with Ivomec, second time on rotation with Valbazen. It is not hot here right now. He does stop when he is eating. It is not a heavy pant like a hot dog, it is like he just ran for a short distance. I really think he might just like the light headedness feeling he must get! He acts normal every way other than this. He does breathe faster when I snuggle him, even when I had my head on him listening for his lung clarity and rumen movement. Boys!
He may be just sniffing you. My buck starts sniffing when I walk up to the gate. He can keep this up for quite some time. It is usually followed by a loud sneezing noise and back to sniffing. Goats are very scent oriented.
Thanks Dudley, I think you are right. I only have two left in my herd (haha herd) and he is very attached to me. I tried ignoring the little cutie tonight and watched his reactions very closley with my attention level. He did breath faster whenever I was paying any attention to him and even faster when I touched him. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something really important and serious. Thanks for all the help!
This is a sad update on my little Rocky. After my last post, his breathing rate worsened. You could see his flanks struggling to breath and his nostrils flared. I called my vet, who admittedly knows very little about goats, and she gave me some antibiotics thinking it was the start of pnuemonia. He had a little bit of improvement but then got worse. I again called the vet to check him out. We took lung x-rays, blood samples and gave him pennicillen as well as the tetracycline. Gave him a shot of selenium (our area is low on this), probiotics, electrolites, etc. He was still eating, drinking, pooping and peeing. He was very lethargic because of the lungs being congested. All tests came back fine. Little Rocky died Tuesday morning in my arms, Nov. 2nd. He is in goat heaven with my tears and kisses on his cheeks. The vet said that it could have been CAE, how could this affect my other goats? She did not handle the blood properly in order for it to be tested for CAE. Apparently, it needs to be put on ice right away. FYI.
Sorry Jewel, Sometimes they just don't come equipped to make it. It could have been CAE but normally symptoms manifest in adult goats and testing can be unreliable. Sounds like you tried everything you could.