Post by venadochivo on Jun 19, 2018 22:19:38 GMT -5
I took Gimpy to the Vet on Saturday, 6/16/18. The vet examined her very thoroughly - at least that was my impression. He did not have a solid conclusion. He said the knee felt warm to him and determined that he would give a round (three days, twice a day) of penicillin since there could be infection. He did not think that rickets was a factor. He did say that the leg bowing could be a genetically inherited trait.
He said that he could have an x-ray done, but I concluded that I did not want to face the expense of the x-ray plus any treatment that might result due to anything the x-ray might have picked up. Total cost for exam, penicillin, and pain med: $106.00.
I have administered all meds, and I cannot draw any firm conclusions yet. The doe and buck in question seem otherwise healthy with good appetites and plenty of active engagement. Both animals do seem to require more rest and down-time.
Thanks to all of you that have taken an interest in this matter.
Thanks for the update. I hope the medication works and I'm so glad you are not dealing with Rickets because that is a serious matter that could of involved your whole herd over time. At least you know it's not that even though you don't have an answer yet as to what the problem is. I do think with the way the leg is bent and the improper weight load of the animal not bearing weight correctly that the joint in that leg will be an issue.
Thank you for the update and I’m sorry you didn’t get a for sure answer I hope the antibiotics help them. If you end up thinking it is a genetic issue I would find the common link, if half sibling/ same sire you may want to replace him. I personally, right now since nothing is for sure, not make any decisions on that at the moment but if I had another kid come up with the same issue I would really consider it. I think though with both kids I would make sure food and water, especially water if it’s even a fraction of my heat right now lol is close to them without having to travel far for it. And of course since I’m curious if the antibiotics seems to help please let us know and fingers crossed it does!
I'm thinking if it is genetic is there a possibility the does are bred to a brother? Or the billy bred his Nanny back. Like a little Billy not getting pulled quick enough? They can breed so much sooner than people think. Another thing that can happen is breeding between a fence. Or I had a Buck once so sneaky he would lay on his side and lift the fence and scoot under the bottom line. I also had my share of bucks that could jump over my fence until they got a little over a year old if they were kept that long. I also had to add two lines of electric fence on the inside of the woven wire goat fence. It was the only way I could keep them in it.
On the knee issue for the other goats, I helped a goat with Big Knee by using Pen G and crushed Uva Ursi leaves. For the full sized goat it was just 3/4 teaspoon. It is usually given to horses as a diuretic. It is very powerful so a little goes a long way. The knee returned to normal and the hide shrunk back to the normal size as well. It works great. It also cleared up a false pregnancy in another goat and the goat's bag returned to normal without me having to open her teats and milk the congestion out.
Post by venadochivo on Jul 6, 2018 19:31:27 GMT -5
Good news: The two animals that I have posted about are both doing much better! Both are bearing full weight on their previously-tender legs. Honestly, I don't know if it was the antibiotics (and pain meds), but I did start to notice a change pretty soon after administering the full regime. The doe still has a bent leg, but she is getting along quite fine. Thanks for all the interest and help. I am also grateful to the staff - including Dr. Sanchez - at Arrow Animal Hospital in Los Lunas, NM.
Oh that is wonderful! By any chance did the vet say how he/she thought they might have gotten a infection? Just curious in case I ever run across this with my Goats which is why I am very thankful for your updates......thank you!