Post by sunshinebright on Apr 6, 2018 10:25:51 GMT -5
How do I treat a goat that's weak on hind, laying on side, sometimes curls his head & looks up at ceiling? Does anyone kno what this is? Thank you!
The following was a reply by "bugsy123in".
You haven't "messed" anything up, it sounds like you are doing what we all did in the beginning...... struggling to learn the woes of an animal that most vets don't even understand. You are correct this is not "contagious" but you can see it in more than one in your herd (not to scare you) About all you can do is make sure you are not over feeding........ keep hay and bedding free of mold (yes even bedding matters because goats will root thru anything to find a snack).
You have the vitamin correct that I am looking for........ in that case give him 5 cc 3 times a day the first day (sorry forgot you said pygmy so I've scaled back the dosage). Then give 5cc twice a day until better and for 4-5 days after.
Is he eating hay and drinking water??? Does he lay on his side and curl his head back over himself appearing to stare at the ceiling?? How long did you have him before he went down on his legs and how quickly....... did he get wobbly or just go down and refuse to get up??
Is this an adult goat? Does it have a fever? Does it get up at all and move around? How long has this goat been doing this?
We need way more info. What is the diet? Has it been wormed/vaccinated? Does it have shelter?
Is it new to your farm or have you brought in any new goats that could have introduced any diseases?
It may be related to something the goat ate so diet info is helpful....include what type of hay/grain/minerals are being fed. Does the goat have a clean source of water? Access to any ponds or natural water sources that could have introduced parasites or other contaminants?
Male or female? Pregnant or recently delivered kids?
Post by sunshinebright on Apr 6, 2018 16:01:19 GMT -5
Adult dairy buck, 8 yr old no new goats on farm. Allstock grain w/whole corn n soybean meal added 2 bring protein to 16%. Fresh water, new hay roll n stall. He was going freely frm stall 2 outdoors till he went dwn.
He tries 2 get up, n can stand short time w/help. Hav given 3 doses LA 200 for pneumonia so far. Gets 4th tonight.
He eats, n drinks. We withdrew grain cpl days ago.
Post by sunshinebright on Apr 6, 2018 16:21:49 GMT -5
Gav him safeguard 5 days n a row, n case it was menegeal worm. It was the paste. Gav full tube each time. It treats 1,200 lb horse.
At the ONSET He started getting weak n his hind legs, I noticed him leaning on a fence 4 support, & He had heat n a hip area. Then I noticed a hind foot he wasn't straightening the pastern. I thot he may've injured it on a downed fence wire. At this time he also had access 2 creek water.
Meningeal worm is a possibility, especially if you are in an area where it is common. That might be a good diagnosis based on the improvement you are describing. He certainly wouldn't bounce back overnight if that was the cause of his issues.
I've always heard of people using Ivermectin to treat it though, rather than Safeguard.
If it were a urinary blockage, he would be dead by now due to a burst bladder most likely. It sounds like this has been going on more than a couple of days based on your more recent comments.
It could be so many things. Check his inner eye lids and see what they look like. They should be a nice dark pink. I had a kid go down from copper deficiency last year. Same thing your describing with going weak in the back end first. If he is black by any chance does he have a copper tings to his color? Does his tail look fish tail to you?.....hair missingin the middle making it look like a fishes tail. The head thing totally sounds like polio to me: the B1 or vitamin B complex won’t hurt even if that’s not the issue. Whatever isn’t needed they just pee out so I would go with it and see if that makes a difference. Your doing great though on getting him up. Keep it up! Also keep a eye on the chest plate with him being down. I once had a downed doe and because she was down so much she got a sore on her chest plate and it got infected and spread threw her body. She was down from a heavy worm load.