Post by pygmylady66 on Jan 13, 2005 14:29:24 GMT -5
Hi I am new to this list and need some advice. I have a one year old pygmy wether who has seizures every once in a while for no apparent reason. He is healthy in every other way except for these episodes. Has anyone come across this?
I have some questions. When does he have these episodes? Is it when he is getting food? Or does he just have them anytime? Is it when he is stressed? or Is it when he gets excited when you come around?
Post by pygmylady66 on Jan 14, 2005 11:21:56 GMT -5
Well I have been trying to pinpoint it to a specific time. At first I thought it was when he got scared by things like 4-wheelers starting up or gun shots, etc. But then I thought it was due to stress, ie the new puppy chasing him around the yard. (have put a halt to that) But that isn't the case either. But I am thinking that it may have something to do with feeding. All my pygmies have a hay bale to eat on all day, then they roam around the farm and eat in the field with the horses, plus in the evening they get one big scooper of dairy goat grain (pregnant mommies on board). And Hemi (seizure boy) gets a squirt of Goat vitamins. Now the other day we had one heck of a day and I didn't get down to the barn to feed the grain (not thinking it would hurt cause they have hay and grass). Well the next day I came home early from work cause of sick family and I looked outside and he was covered with mud from having a seizure and then he had another one when I went down to feed everyone. They seemed to be very random at first notice (like once a month or less) but now that I look at it could it be that this has something to do with the feed? I am at my wits end. He was a bottle baby and I am really attached to this little guy.
This topic is so huge that it can't all be covered here; but I will briefly try to list some of the common causes of seizures in goats. Some of them bring to mind some treatments that would be harmless (deficiencies) and other things to eliminate (poisons). An important thing would be to look for hard-to-spot accompanying signs that might narrow down the choices.
As mentioned, goats are highly susceptible to startling events. So try to avoid any stress. Dietary causes are important too. Try to feed high-energy (molasses), high-carbohydrate (grains) concentrate frequently throughout the day to see if it helps to maintain a high blood level of these nutrients.
Here's a long list to ponder:
CAE Congenital deformities Photosensitivity (certain plants plus sunlight) Parasites in the Central Nervous System Pyridoxine deficiency Vitamin A deficiency Vitamin B deficiency (common cause in gaots) Poisonings (lupine, lead, algae, insecticide, rodenticide, herbicide, cyanide, Johnson grass, nitrate/nitrites, prunus species [cherry and related trees], St. Johnswort, strychnine) Clostridium perfringens type D (enterotoxema) True epilepsy (brain lesions) mucormycosis (fungus in feed, I think?) Grass tetany (lush pasture) heartwater Louping ill Elaeophorasis (sorehead, mostly in sheep)
These are not definite diagnosis by any means; just things to consider or rule out.
Post by pygmylady66 on Jan 18, 2005 11:04:56 GMT -5
Well I think I have it narrowed down to some kind of deficiency that feeding him grain must fix. I have separated him at feeding time from the others and I make sure he gets his full share at feeding time and as far as I can tell he hasn't had another seizure since last Tuesday. (Since I am not home throughout the day and can't watch him 24/7) Thanks for all your help and wisdom on this list. Guess I just needed a sounding board for what I thought was happening.