Help!! My goat originally showed signs of Urinary Calculi so we started ammonium chloride. After a few days he was better. Few days passed by and he started having symptoms again but this time he actually has a yellowish thick sticky discharge coming out of his butt. Almost looks like clumps of worms. I bought liquid safeguard and gave him a dose today but he went from walking around yesterday to being super weak today. Does this sound like worms or something else? His eyelids are pale as well.
I have the same questions that Goatmom has asked including did this animal get into the feed can and eat all he wanted? The first thing I suggest is getting some latex gloves on and feeling the area under his belly just around up underneath his back legs in front of the groin behind his belly area. If you feel a very hard swelling that would feel like a small football that means he is blocked and he can not pass the urine and his bladder may burst. He would then infect and die without treatment. That is so very painful I suggest you get a Vet out to the animal or load him and drive him too one. If you see he is extended you may have moved the stone to his pizzle and may be able to crush that stone with a firm squeeze. If you try that and it works the stone will be like a small pile of salt crushed and all the blocked urine probably tinged with blood will spray out. In extreme emergency's cutting off of the end of the pizzle may need done so a call to a Vet is suggested.
What I use when AC does not work is a product sold by Jeffer's and a few other places usually in the pig isle but it is also used for calves. It is called ACID-PAK 4Way 2X Acidifier. It has a PH of 2.5. A goat has a ph of 7.0 to 7.8. After using products to break down stones I would have to give something to bring the PH back. The reason is because a large decrease in PH causes bacterial lyses, release of endotoxins causing irritation and damage to the intestional mucosa followed by lactate producing organisms that make the animal have Acidosis. Baking Soda and water drench have a PH of 8.00. Milk of Magnesia has a PH of 10. When an animal gets into the feed the rapid lowering of the PH towards the Acidity can cause Lysteria as well as what I mentioned above. You bring the PH back to the higher end with those kinds of products.
I suggest a fecal be done on the goat and treatment for the anemia to commence along with whatever supportive therapy your Vet feels is needed. The most important thing is to make sure the animal is not suffering in pain and to deal with that issue first. That is an emergency. Worms,cocci and anemia can be treated if needed but blockages will cause suffering and pain.
He’s around 6 months old. He was extending his back legs and was only peeing a little, after 2 days he started peeing streams again and was jumping around. Now he’s actually hunching his back like he’s straining to poop and the last few times hes done that is when the yellow thick discharge has came out. I’m not sure the exact feed as my husband purchases that and currently am not able to see. I do kno the last he purchased is one from tractor supply that has ammonium chloride included in it. Also he keeps water at all times with some apple cider in it. I did use a stick and move around the thick yellow and it did break up to look like long thin worms
First anemia kills! So if his eye lids are pale I would start giving iron. How pale are his eye lids? You can either give injectable iron which I have never done. It’s supposed to be what works the fastest. Or you can give red cell, which is the only thing I have ever given. The dose on that is 6cc, orally, per 100#. It’s also a good source of energy with the molasses in it so should help him with being weak too. If you are finding worms in his poop it’s probably tape worms. Safe guard is pretty much only good for tape. If you can though get a fecal ran so you know if there’s other parasites that need to be addressed. Mucus in the poop, or pooping mucus is usually caused by something upsetting the intestines. You might need a vet to give you some neomycin. What could have happened is the stress of the stones could have lowered his immune system and allowed for a high parasite load. Make sure he is still peeing well. If he’s not feeling well he may not drink a lot of water. Perfect recipe for him to get more stones so make sure he’s drinking. If you need to make up a batch of electrolytes to encourage him to keep drinking.
It sounds like you are in danger of losing this little guy, and veterinary intervention would be recommended. If you are seeing worms in what he is passing, he has an extreme worm load and treatment needs to be done correctly or that can also kill him.
Different worming meds target different types of worms and using too many different meds trying to figure out which one is going to work could also kill him. A fecal is not expensive.
Without knowing the goat's history of treatment, where he came from (if not born on your farm) and what the heath of the herd was, it is very hard for us to offer much more advice than what has been given.
I can't stress enough how important a visit to the vet is from what you are sharing.