I have a older mama goat that acts like she has a belly ache and seems bloated. She came in the barn right away and laid down. She appears as if she wants to throw up and shakes her head and foam comes out of her mouth. We checked her pen and did not find anything that would make her sick. Please help. We do not know what to do. She has never been sick in the 10 years we have had her.
Sounds serious, I would get some Gas X into her as well a a 5cc shot of C&D Anti Toxin sq into her asap. Don't know what the rest of the people here would do but the Gas X preferably the strip one on the tongue would be a good place to start. If you have any Anti Toxin give that also since it won't hurt anything and may save her. If you don't have any do you know someone that does?
She is doing alot better today not quite 100% but a big improvement. We gave her vegetable oil and baking soda. It seemed to elevate the bloat. Vet said it was possibly frothing bloat. She is drinking today and foam isnt coming out of her mouth anymore. We gave her some yogurt to help the gut bacteria. She willingly ate it. We spent hours last night walking her and rubbing her belly trying to expel the gas.
It sounds like you probably have her past the danger point. Frothy bloat can kill fast so I'm glad you caught it quickly! Please keep us informed on how she is doing over the next couple of days. Good job on saving her!
How long does it take until they feel 100%? sometimes she feels like eating and sometimes she doesnt. She drinks plenty of water. No temp. If anything its on the low side. 99.6-100.5. We are having a very cold winter here. barn isnt drafty. I gave her a tablespoon of baking soda paste this morning and night and it really relieves her gas - almost starts burping immediately. She ate a little (couple spoonfuls) yogurt to help stimulate her stomach bacteria. Goes to the bathroom normally. Any suggestions?
She may have pneumonia or something going on as certain types I believe can cause the temp to go below normal. Below normal temp can also be an indicator of the rumen shutting down so make sure she is eating hay and give probios to improve rumen function. Has she been wormed recently? If there is any other history/info you can offer, we might be able to help figure out if there is more going on with her.
Last time she was wormed was last summer with pellets. I have penicillin - would you suggest I give her some of that? She has hay and I also got roughage pellets from the feed store today. Gave her a little bit which she started eating but didnt finish it.
What color are her eyelids when you pull the lower one down? Pink or white? It wouldn't hurt to give her a shot of Penn G if she is a Boer sized goat giver her 4-5cc SQ. It takes it awhile to work though and may not help at all. I would look at her eyes and if she needs wormed use something like Ivermectin and not a pellet type unless it is a good one. The age of goat could be playing a part in what you are seeing too. But it does sound lie gastrointestinal issue to me that unless remedied soon could be detrimental to the goats well being. If she stops eating all together she is in trouble.
Her eyelids are pink. I am waiting for someone to come and hold her so I can give her some antibiotics. I think you might be correct about the pneumonia. Her breathing seems slightly congested today and she felt cold so we blanketed her. She is still eating but not normally. She ate a couple handfuls of feed when I gave it to her. and she was nibbling at her dish while she was laying down when I left the barn. We have had her over 10 years and she was full grown and pregnant when we got her, so we figure her to be 12-13 years old.
I gave her the Pencillin but she seems to have gone downhill real fast today. She wont walk now. We have blankets on her to keep her comfortable. She drank some water a little bit ago but I dont think our old girl will make it through the night. Vet doesnt even know what to try.
I'm sorry. It may be age related too. Pneumonia really would need something stronger than Penicillin so I'm surprised the vet didn't suggest something else. The worming pellets are not the best type of wormer as there is now way to make sure each goat gets the recommended dosage. I like the liquid wormers that are given either by injection or orally as it is easier to give the proper dosage.
I think she died of old age, I have never had a goat live that long but from what I have read that is about all they are expected to live. I am sorry though since it was a long time goat for you and I am sure you really were attached to her.