Hi everyone, I'm just looking for some comfort as to why my baby goat passed away yesterday. He was about 9 months old, Nigerian whether. I got him and his brother when they were just 5 weeks old and bottle fed them both. I have been feeding them alfalfa and sweet feed and they always have plenty of water.
About 3 weeks ago my lab got into the goat pen and attacked my little goat's ears (Baby boy Bleu). Both ears were bleeding and had sores on them but not bad enough to where I thought they would need to be amputated. I received advice from someone to clean the area with bactine antiseptic and pain reliever (benzalkonium and lidocaine) to help keep from infection. cleaned the wounds about 2-3 times a day. After about 2 days I noticed one of his wounds was yellow which I know is a sign of infection. I continued to clean the wounds and after about 5 days, his wounds started to scab up and the yellow went away. I thought after they had begun to scab that they were healing and figured he was ok. I went out to feed my goats yesterday and my little guy, Bleu was lying on his side in his goat house dead :,(
Was it the wounds that got infected and killed him? That is the only thing I can pinpoint this to be from.
Also my other goat (Blitz) is now all alone. Will he be ok or do I need to get another goat. He has not ever been alone because they have been together ever since they were born.
Please help me understand
I'm not a goat expert but I love my goats. Any advice would surely be appreciated.