I have a bottle baby that i've been giving doe's match formula to since about 2 days old. she is now 9 weeks old.Everything went fine and she is healthy and growing, but this week she started getting diarrhea.She doesn't appear to be bloating and has a good appetite. I am feeding her 20 oz of formula, once a day and she is eating grass and nibbles grain sometimes.I gave her some safeguard about 3 days ago and that didn't help. Can i put plain yogurt in her bottle to give her some probiotics? I don't have much experience with goats and none with bottle babies, so this site has been so nice to learn from.
coccidiosis is the main problem with young kids, Sulfa-dimethoxine is one of the recommended treatments. If you want to be absolutely sure, I would recommend a fecal test.
Scour-halt is also helpful, this is a medicated anti-scour drench and treats scours caused from bacteria, like e-coli.
scours on a young kid needs to be taken seriously.
I would treat the kid with sulfa-dimethoxine mixed in some pepto-bismo Or kaopectin(for livestock), After the scours stop I would continue a daily treated of sulf-dimeth, without the pepto.
The dosage for sulfa-dimeth is 3 to 5cc a day for 5 days, orally, or 1cc per 10lbs for a kid.
Yogurt can be added to a bottle, but it wont help if it is cocci. May help more after you are done treating for cocci.
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hmm, a local sheep/goat rancher told me to give her the tetracycline for cocci, and lady at the feed store agreed. Was I given bad information? What do i do now that I have already started her on the tetrcycline?
I would stop the tetracycline and if she's still scouring, give her 6cc of pepto bismol...straight from the syringe.
I would also get a fecal done to be sure of a cocci issue and if you can't I would still treat with either Sulmet or Di Methox(these are the only ones I've used) and dose it straight from the bottle..do not dilute it...1 cc per 5lbs now and 1cc per 10 lbs for the next 4 days. Get a temp on her too...if it's higher than 103.5 I would also start her on Pen G.
Again, the drugs mentioned are ones that I have used.
thanks everyone for the advice. I cam across this today that says a lot about coccidiosis. It says you can treat with sulphur drugs or tetracyclines. I think I wil continue since I have already started the tetracycline. She has a good appetite still and is very healthy and strong outside of a little diarrhea.
http://www.jackmauldin.com/health/coccidiosis.htm I just cam accross this article that says alot about coccidiosis. He says you can treat with sulphur or tetracyclines, so I think I will keep doing the tetracycline since I already started them. She sems healthy other than the runny poo, not weak or off feed.
Tetracyclines are the only Approved coccidiostats for goats, other than monensin or deconiquinate which are preventative drugs. A Vet-client relationship would have to be functional for the "average vet" to prescribe an off-label drug. Most feed store employees, unless they own goats themselves, would never suggest you "Go Off Label" to treat anything, probably wouldn't even know what "Off Label" meant. Sheep herders are just that Sheep Herders Not Much Practical Information for Goat people. Tetracyclines, although they work to a certain extent by treating the associated infections casued by a cocci bloom, would not be nearly as effective as a sulfa drug, again off-label sulfa drug. Not to say your problem is coccidiosis, per say, but If It Were.
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