I too have a newly freshened doe with BAD diarrhea, all of a sudden. She was given a bit of grain to make her stand still so I could milk out her enormous udder and now she is off everything. No fever, drinking plenty of water with a little ACV in it too. Should I get her some copper sulfate, dolomite, Vit C? Her triplets are hanging in there but one has very runny poops too and the doe is not cleaning her up as is usual. Any suggestions? Is it just the grain? Should I give her Pepto? what else could I be missing?
If it continues it may be coccidious. Here's two different treatments. It must be treated using a sulfa based drug.
Treatment #1 To treat for coccidia give a sulfa drug such as Albon or Sulmet 12.5% drinking water solutions. These are sold at the feed store for poultry, rabbits and cattle. Do not mix with the water, give it straight from the bottle as a drench, at 1 cc per 5 pounds for 5 days. You must give it for ALL 5 days. If you miss a day start over.
Treatment #2 I use Dimethox Injectable. The first treatment I give as an injection, the next 4 treatments are orally. After the injection it usually clears up within 24 hours, however continue the next 4 treatments.
Post by Rose's Goats on May 10, 2011 8:21:04 GMT -5
If it doesn't clear up in a day or two then I would treat for coccidiosis as Gary said. If it does go away then it was probably caused by hormones. Newly freshened does can get diarrhea for a few days due to the major hormone fluctuations they are going through.
As for the kid with diarrhea, it might be from too much milk . If the doe has a huge udder and the kids are drinking too much, then they will get watery scours (diarrhea). Pull the kid from mom and bottle feed it no more than 4 oz of milk at a time about 3-4 hours apart for a few days. Once the diarrhea goes away, slowly increase the amount of milk per feeding while increasing the amount of time between feedings.
If the doe has a big udder and the kids are not drinking it empty everyday then you should milk her out once a day (at least). This will help to get the old milk out of the udder and will help to relieve the pressure built up in the udder due to too much milk. The doe will not let the kids nurse if her udder hurts from too much milk so watch out for this.