We have a pregnant goat that is at day 74. Today she has some discharge (thickish and tannish in color). Other wise she looks great, is up and eating like always, playing and browsing with the other does and seems unconcerned at all. Any opinions? Is this normal or a sign of impending miscarriage? Is there something we should be doing or be watching for. She is sharing pasture with three other does all pregnant and all looking great. They have fresh water, all the hay they want and freechoice sweetlix 16:8 and get grain everyevening. Any input would be helpful.
The tannish color worries me, it could be that she has aborted already. Nothing you can do, but wait and see. Keep an eye on her and make sure she keeps eating and is active like normal, if you notice any changes in her, get a temperature and post back her with her sypmtoms. No need to change her feed or where she is either. Is this her 1st time having kids?
We've had this problems with ewes (hamp sheep mostly) the old timer helping us there has us give LA200 for 3 days and 1 dose to all other bred ewes in the herd. It is possible she's already aborted, but it is ALSO possible she's "working" on it and the LA200 will help. If this is an abortion "storm" (weird name he gives it) you are giving the 1 dose to all in the herd as a preventative.
Post by Bob Breese on Dec 20, 2007 13:29:23 GMT -5
My memory fails me right now, but there are reasons for not giving LA200 to pregnant does. Perhaps someone can help out here. I'd wait till you get more information before you start giving everyone the shots.
.."UPDATE"...I;m so confused right now..This does shows all the clasic signs of being in heat ,She hangs around the bucks fence and make a b,line for him stands ther looking so sad (no they cant get together) she wags her tail and her tail hair Is wet on both sides,she crys.....Whats going on do you think we may have made a mistake and In fact she did not get bred? and we also missed the heat cycles Inbetween? what was all that "Gook"yesterday"?.we have seperated her now so as not to get the buck all stressed out...
Hi Foot, It really sounds like she has already aborted so the LA200 wouldn't do her any good, unless their is an infection, which you would know as the tannish stuff would stink like awful and she would go off feed a bit and so on. I would put her in with the buck and leave her there for a while (1-2 months) gives him a good partner and he will catch her when she is fully in season. This will calm both of them down.
There are conflicting opinions on the LA200 I have heard both sides, one is it does help stop the abortions, which I do believe as my friend had an abortion storm and gave LA200 (1 shot of 5cc to each doe) and managed to have a few does deliver (she had chlamydia in her herd) The other side is that it affects the kids by messing with their development. I myself wouldn't do 3 shots in a row of LA200 as it can make them very stiff and sore and go off their feed and is hard on the goats system, not sure about sheep.
Update: thanks for all the input. This little does is eating and moving about just fine. she is very interested in the buck and he in her. There has been no more goop but her tail remained wet all day and now this evening there is some blood. Not alot just some drips. The girl is bright eyed and not smelly. I am not too concerned about the other does. Two of them are due next month and are huge and the other was just bred. We believe she was probably butted and bashed by one of the bigger does as we have seen that in the past. For now we've moved the young doe into a smaller field closer to the house with three other younger does. She is still eating and keeping a watchful eye on her buck. the buck is big and a bit agressive so I'm a little worried about moving her in with him until we have a better idea of what is going on with her. We don't have LA200 on hand and we are not ones for rushing into anything without knowing it is necessary. We do have pennicillian should she begin to show signs of infection.
Post by bugsy123in on Dec 20, 2007 20:45:58 GMT -5
Interesting info on the LA 200..... maybe old timers don't know as much as they let on??? Although i did do the 3 shots with one doe and she did have a healthy set of trips 3 weeks after i started the shots ....... maybe i just got lucky. Never the less will make me think before giving the shots atleast.
In reading and talking to the vet she told me la200 can stunt tooth and bone growth but in the face of a abortion storm it is the treatment of choice I had a doe abort last year and treated the whole herd with dose of la200 with no problems from the does or kids chlamydia is a common cause of abortion storms I have read but seance joining goat wisdom I don't grab the meds to often anymore over use can ruin a good med( just my thoughts)MERRY X MASS Donnie
Sounds like you have everything under control. If she truly is in season she will cycle again in about 21 days or so, so just keep that in mind and eye on her for heat signs again. She very well could have been pushed too hard, or there could have been something wrong with the kid she was carrying, mother nature has a way about taking care of things. If she does come down with an inefection the LA200 or generic oxytetracycline is the most preferred and most beneficial for uterine infections. It works with normally 1 dose of 5cc where as the penicillan you would have to do the full 5 days and hope it takes care of it all. I would just watch her.
Hello I am new to this board but I have some extensive experience being in the “Goat Business” …200+ breeding does.
If she aborted and has not “cleaned out” you will know very quickly, the only time you have to worry about an infection is when they don’t discharge the fetus. Take a walk around the field you might find it.
I would not use LA200. Use one uterine bilious along with 10cc of Duo Pen (Long lasting penicillin); repeat the penicillin in 3 days.
LA200 is pretty tough on goats….yes it does a great job, when all else fails.
Duo Pen or long acting penicillin is more cost effective and easier on the animals.
Just keep an eye on her you’ll know if you have a problem in about another 24hrs.