I have been working this weekend, so my son milked and fed the goats and I haven't really seen much of them for 2 or 3 days. This morning I noticed that both of my Mommy does have brown stuff stuck around their tails. I first thought they must have diarrhea, so I went and looked around in the pen we keep them in at night but I cannot find any abnormal poo anywhere! I am going to keep a eye on them, but if it is diarrhea what is my next step? Do I need to get them tested for anything or just treat with antibiotics just in case? Any ideas? I am hoping the brown stuff is just mud from laying in the dust, I am pretty sure they haven't gotten into anything.
Post by Rose's Goats on Aug 3, 2009 13:29:52 GMT -5
If there back ends smell bad then it is probably diarrhea. Usually the brown stuff around the tails will have a bad aroma that is a tip off to digestive problems.
It could be worms or it could be coccidiosis. Both can be found through a fecal exam. That would be my first step. Most vets will let you drop off some poop samples in a baggy and then have you call them for the results later. Be sure to ask what kind of parasites were found and what specifically to treat them with. Some vets will just tell you that they found worms or cocci and not tell you what species unless you ask.
Post by missourigal on Aug 3, 2009 21:54:51 GMT -5
By any chance are these the ones that just had their baby's.. Did you worm them right after they kidded?? And it also could be the discharge from having baby's they usually have a discharge for a few weeks..
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Post by angelsprite on Aug 7, 2009 11:41:15 GMT -5
Gorgemom, I think Missourigal and Brandywine are probably right on this. Does will clear for about 2 weeks after kidding and their tails will get caked up with discharge. You should wash their tails and vulvas daily with soapy water with a little iodine in it. You can make sure they aren't scouring by sitting in the goat pen until you have seen each of them poop. If the poop is normal, then it's just discharge. If you see any sign of diarreah, you are welcome to PM me. Freshened does with nursing babies have to be handled a little differently. Did you worm the does after they kidded, and what dosage did you use of which product?