Post by costricangoatmama on Sept 25, 2010 16:17:39 GMT -5
I recently began my journey with goat husbandry and wonderful as it has been to have these beautiful being in our lives, is as challenging as it has been. I started out with a Saanan who was producing milk, then I got twin girl nubians, and was pressured into getting a couple young bucks (5 & 6 mo).
I also recently had a baby, so felt very overwhelmed with a herd of 5, so I sold one of the boys and the other died (he had a botfly that got infected and he has 2 large boil-like infections near his lymph on his leg).
One of the twins had diarrhea at 3 weeks old and she never fully recovered. I posted something on the emergency board and did much of what was suggested. I gave her GSE, cinnamon, and administered a sulfa drug. She when from having runny diarrhea to having wet round poos, but today when I went up to the goat house it smelled strong of poo and I found blobs of poo not pellets. I am really concerned and am hoping to get her to the vet, but we have been having car troubles and I can't bring a goat on the bus
Also, my Saanan has a boil on her face and it is loosing hair. If it is CL can it be a cause for my little girls diarrhea?? I have a dirt floor, but its cleaned out regularly and it is the rainy season here in Costa Rica, so they are inside quite a bit.
Post by silverthorn on Sept 25, 2010 20:47:52 GMT -5
Could you get us pictures of the Saanen's face? Does the boil have a scab, or is it firmly attached to the skin? Does it ooze pus, and if so, what color and consistency?
What color is the diarrhea? Does it have blood? How old is the Nubian? Is she: depressed, have a poor coat, loosing weight, bottle jaw, lethargy, pale mucous membranes, dehydrated, abdominal pain. What she bottle raised or dam raised?
If her eye membranes are pale, she's not growing well, and displays unthriftiness along with diarrhea, then it's probably the barber pole worm. The rainy season gives me more reason to think of this, since the barber pole can remain dormant for quite a while, and then explode in numbers, particularly with the advent of rainy, humid conditions. If she has ever been on pasture, then her chances of this are very high, if not 100%. (Almost all goats have some level of barber pole.)
Or she's have a relapse of cocci. Either could be the case. The color and occurrence of blood or mucous in the diarrhea could tell which. Cocci often doesn't have acute anemia as a symptom, though weight loss and loss of appetite are for both. With kids, a severe case of cocci can cause enough damage to keep the animal from completely recovering, which means that relapses are common and may keep occurring throughout the animal's life.
So, tell me about her diarrhea and eyelids.
CL doesn't really cause any symptom except for the abscess in most cases, unless the animal has internal abscesses, in which case it will become emaciated and have respiratory problems, but it won't cause diarrhea.
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2010 20:48:48 GMT -5 by silverthorn
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