Post by forrestfarmer2008 on Jan 13, 2018 19:44:09 GMT -5
Hello, everyone. I’m having some issues with a bottle billy. He’s about 8 weeks old. We’ve had him for about 3 weeks now. He has been eating very good from the bottle. Today he’s had some bad diarrhea. I’m figuring it is possible due to to much milk? Also he is blind in at least one eye possibly both. Which just makes things that much more difficult. We can’t get him to try anything solid. Any helpful advice?
Post by Bob Breese on Jan 13, 2018 21:46:36 GMT -5
Is he with any other kids that he can follow around? And maybe learn to nibble hay with. They generally nibble on hay before they'll take concentrate or grain. Yes, the biggest cause of diarrhea is overfeeding. But, of course, it can be a lot of other things. He'll need to be in a small pen where he can become familiar with surroundings, which can include some loose hay in a dish or box.
Was he bought from a breeder or from an auction? If from a breeder, do you know if he has had any vaccinations or if there are issues in their herd with coccidiosis or other intestinal parasites? Is there any blood in his diarrhea? Is it very loose/watery or just not well developed poop pellets?
I was just wondering about the little billy and wanted to suggest a few things. He may have something as simple as cocci and that is treated with Albon in kids as well as adult goats.
He may also have Navel Ill and that needs broad spectrum antibiotic treatment if he does. Maybe you could consult your Vet as too which one too use as the LA 200 or no sting Bio-Mycin 200 can interfere with bone development. I think its the Tylan that is used but its been a long time since I treated a case of it and can't remember. The dose has to be right though because too much of that is fatal. So best to ask and weigh him. The thing is that is way easier to treat in kids than if the kid survives. He will get a lifetime of arthritic pain if he is not treated and if that is the problem. Also the legs will bow in and swell making walking difficult. Basically crippling him for life. At the same time the Vet could give a corticosteroid that may still save his vision or may just say the use of Terramycin would be helpful. He also would be helped with the use of a product like Bounce Back to combat the dehydration.