I'm only here a few minutes and I have another question. As I said in my other question, we have a pair of 7 year old Saanen-Toggenberg cross goats. We've never had major health issues before (we've had them since they were 4 days old) this problem with bloat in the one goat. We were a bit dismayed and annoyed to find that, other than a physical examination and taking her temperature, the vet didn't seem to have any other tests that could be done to determine what the cause of her bloat is. We've had the vet out once and we are on the phone with them every week (since early September). Would a scan of some kind help to diagnose what's causing her problem? The vet keeps saying that it's hard to diagnose the cause of these problems - while that may be, is there anything more they can do? We wonder if treating her might be more effective if we were sure of the cause of the problem. Again any comments and advice would be appreciated.
Be sure that your not feeding to much,this is the most coming reason for bloat. Other than that I am not sure however there are a lot more nonlegal people on the subject. I have never had it in my herd. good luck!
No, we haven't been feeding too much. They have free access to hay and their concentrate is measured to the amount the vet advised. The other goat, who is slightly smaller,has never had problems and they get the same amount.
I will ask about an x-ray. I've wondered why they never suggested it so I am glad to know that it's not unrealistic to do it.
Hi There, My goat normally poops 5 to 6 times a day however i notice he only poops 2 times and in small berrie clumps & very little i gave 1/2 CUP of MINERAL OIL but still only poops 1 or 2 times and he eats his grass hay and snack foods then the next day i gave again this time with MILK OF MAGNESIA b/c i'm thinking he might be constipated prior to this i gave him 1/2 cup of PEPTO BISMOL b/c he was having abdominal pain & pooping soft plop poop however after giving him the PEPTO BISMOL his abdominal pain went away and he was pooping normal berries i should've waited but i didn't and gave him 1/2 cup of it. Now i'm wondering if hes constipated with the PEPTO B. Right now i'm just waiting to see if he'll start pooping normally again. Thanks everyone hope to hear from u soon!
How long ago did you give him the Pepto? That does seem like a lot as I usually give a children's dose (TBSP I think). Are you watching him all the time or is it possible he is pooping when you are not seeing him? My initial thought is that if he were constipated, he would not be pooping at all.
Did you ever determine the cause of his diarrhea? It could be a worm issue that also needs treated. If the soft poop was not very runny/watery, he probably did not need the pepto. I don't use it unless the diarrhea is extreme and there is concern about dehydration.
Im with goatmom, I wouldnt think he would poop at all either. Maybe try giving him some fiber? Maybe even to probis, something might be going on that just makes him process the food slower. Im really not sure, just throwing ideas out there.
Yes you can constipate Migi with Pepto Bismal. I agree with the mineral oil if you also dissolve a crushed Tum in it. Just 6cc of it by mouth. It will help him move things along so you can set his rumen back up right. To restart his rumen you need to give him Pro-Bios or yogurt. It is easier to just give the stuff the farm stores sell. Even if you have to wear a glove and wipe his 10G inside his mouth with your finger. I would also consider using the Ivermection Pour On by measuring him and using 1cc for every 22 pounds of his weight. You just use a syringe with no needle and make a stripe of what you measured as his dose down his spine. Has he gained any weight over the last two months? I wondered how things were going for you and Migi. Is he still feral? Or is he getting used to you and being handled?