Need Help: Sick Goat? (White gums, eyelids)

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by DixieDarlin, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. DixieDarlin

    DixieDarlin She's somethin' you can't tame. She's a Mustang.

    Jun 10, 2013
    Winston Salem, NC, USA
    I am a relatively new goat owner. I purchased a female bottle baby Nigerian Dwarf (Dixie) almost 2 months ago and just brought home a 4 month old female Boer goat (Abilene) to keep her company.


    I was looking the new goat over today to assess her health and how she's handling the move. I noticed that she has lice hanging on her hair shafts and crawling all around on her. There are A LOT of them. I'm not sure if they are sucking or biting lice though. I am aware sucking lice can cause anemia if it's severe enough and I'm worried she may be anemic already. I have her sepearted from my baby goat and I am making a trip to TSC tomorrow for some Python Dust to rid her of this infestation and prevent Dixie from getting them.

    I am also worried she may have a heavy worm load. She seems to be somewhat bloated in the belly, kind of "weak/lethargic", and the white eyelids and gums.
    She is CDT vaccinated and I have been trying to get her to take a dose of pelleted Dumor dewormer but she seems very uninterested in it I even mixed some honey with it.

    She will eat grass/weeds and nibble on grain but it's not like a healthy goat would "gobble" up grain normally. I am taking a fecal to the vet as soon as possible but since it's Sunday I would really appreciate any suggestions and advice from experienced goat owners to help me out.


    Thank you!

    - Sara King @ Dixie Darlin' Farm
  2. ogfabby

    ogfabby New Member

    Jan 2, 2013
    West Tennessee
    I would go ahead and deworm her with either valbazen (1 cc per 10 lbs orally) or ivomec plus (1 cc per 40 lbs injected sub q). I would also get a fecal done and make sure they check for coccidia. Start her on fortified b complex (1 cc per 20 lbs sub q) and red cell (given orally at 1 cc per 20 lbs).

    That will up her energy and appetite, support rebuilding of red blood cells, and get rid of internal parasites. :)

  3. happybleats

    happybleats moderator

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I agree with ogfabby :D Pellet wormers are usually not effective since you cant make them eat then, cant be sure they ate enough there for creating a resistance to the wormer to just give wormer when needed : )
    if she has sucking lice the will take care of that too..I would do wormer 3 times 10 days apart then again in 30 days to give her a good head start...
  4. lottsagoats

    lottsagoats Junior Member

    Dec 9, 2012
    Middle Maine
    Yup, I'd go with the ivermectin + because it will kill internal and external parasites.
  5. dezak91

    dezak91 New Member

    Feb 22, 2013
    Just a question here: could you give iron injections instead of the redcell? There was something about redcell that I heard that was negative but I don't remember what it was.
  6. happybleats

    happybleats moderator

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Iron shots are just fine faster...
    on the red cell, from what I understand, there was talk that red cell used to be made with beef no longer its safe to give Goats...

    we should never feed any ruminants meat product...
  7. dezak91

    dezak91 New Member

    Feb 22, 2013
    Yes Happybleats! That's what it was, ok, good! Now I can use it and not have to worry, thank you.