Post by dazedandconfuzed on Jul 29, 2020 13:05:14 GMT -5
Hi all. First off I need to give a little background on my little guy. My neighbor brought him to me when he was 10 days old. I actually thought he was dead when I first saw him. He had FKS and unfortunately hadn't been taken care of properly since birth. With round the clock care I somehow managed to save him. All he could do after the first week was raise his head, but couldn't hold it up so it "bobbed", hence his name...Bob! After 6 weeks of intensive care he was walking and running, then advanced to jumping and climbing with all the other kids. Now to my concern...he is now 3 years old (and the light of my life) and he is exceptionally skinny. There is no fat or meat around his backbone or hips. He is negative for all worms. He eats, drinks and poops normally. His eyelids are a nice rosy pink. He is in a pasture with mostly bermuda grass and some St. Augustine. We keep round bales of coastal available. As you can see from the photos, all the others look beautiful. I have been giving him high protein pellets and also homemade "treats" laced with vitamin B complex and Red Cell. Any suggestions on anything else I can do to try to put some weight on him? I am extremely worried about him. Thanks in advance for any help with this.
Has he always been thin or has he suddenly lost the weight? You say he is negative for worms, but has he been tested for cocci? My first thought was Johne's disease, but I believe that is usually associated with a sudden loss of weight. Beet pulp is said to be a good supplement for goats that are thin. Calf Manna in very small amounts may also be helpful. Avoid corn...although it will fatten them up, it can cause laminitis (founder) in goats.
Good for you for giving him such a good home!
Sorry I didn't see this sooner. Between work and the forum just not be as active as it used to be, I sometimes forget to check in when I get home. I'll try to check in again later today to see if you have provided any new info.
I also supplement goats that are needing help with weight or milk production with a little calf manna. With the grain I also give oats and alfalfa pellets because goats need at least one of those to break down the sugars and starches in the sweet feed to be able to metabolize the feed. That and hay and pasture when the weather is agreeable. The Red Cell I advise to be careful with that because it has high amounts of selenium for Equines. Too much is toxic to goats. So you could accidentally poison the goat with too much. Cocci is a possibility especially since the fenced area appears to have a creek or drainage ditch the goats can drink out of. Some goats will and some won't. I have the same type setup on one of my pastures and always found the one grazing in the low part of the ditch or drinking if the water was flowing to be the ones with the problems. I would place your outdoor tanks so they have to pass them when going outside. That way they may drink their clean water down and leave the little gully alone. Runoff can have anything in it including outflow from other peoples septic systems and chemicals they use in farming or on lawns. In the Winter in cold climates the salt and brine they treat roads with. I would get him a BLUE COBALT BLOCK because it helps utilize the hay and feed in the rumen. Some places you have to ask for the blocks they keep them in the back and not out in the shopping areas where they can be seen. The Billy Blocks are just too low of a amount to be useful in a case like what you are dealing with. Another thing is he looks poor on minerals. His legs are almost suggestive of Rickets and it looks like he may have lost some ability of the rumen to use his nutrition and that could of been when he was small from cocci. The size of the pellets on the ground if they are his and they are small and dark compared to normal goat pellets than he is in trouble with rumen function. I would use the Fortified Vit B paste with ProBios and get his gut functioning before you decide how you want to proceed. The problem may need treatment in addition to the feed, pasture and hay.