Newborn kid with bent 'ankle'!

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by riaketty, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. riaketty

    riaketty New Member

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    Feb 22, 2009
    Millersport, Ohio
    Smudge has something wrong with one of her back legs? She stands on it weird. Almost like a horse ready to kick, with the 'toe' turned under. It doesn't seem to hurt her and I can move it and it's not swollen, etc. Her and her sister were a little chilled and are now toasty under a heating pad. Next time she's up I'll try to get a pic.

    I read somewhere that leg stuff like this is common and you can splint it and it will hopefully straighten out? Is that true?
     
  2. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    this can be from contracted tendons - basically from being a little cramped in the uterus.

    I've also seen it happen when you have given an IM needle in the back leg/rump, and hit a nerve.

    Either way will resolve by itself, with time.

    Either way it doesnt hurt to splint. If it makes you more confident and reassured, go ahead and splint it. I tend to leave it alone. If you do leave it, just keep an eye that the skin doesnt get rubbed raw from being on the ground all the time.
     

  3. lesserweevil

    lesserweevil New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    I have lots of baby animals born like this, and it usually straightens out within a few days. With one or two I have splinted just so that the baby can stand upright - this is when ALL their legs are like that, though!

    LW
     
  4. riaketty

    riaketty New Member

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    Feb 22, 2009
    Millersport, Ohio
    Awesome. Thank you! :) I'll just leave it alone for now -- she hobbles on it just fine.
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    When I have a baby with a weak leg ...I splint it ..so that the tendons can be in a more normal position.......I usually leave it on for 4 days ..take it off to see how things are...and if the leg/or legs... are still funky ...then I put it back on a little longer..............

    It also wouldn't hurt.......to give a bo-se shot.....and nutra drench.... :greengrin:
     
  6. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I was going to say to split it also. The Bo Se would be a good idea also. How old is this one?
     
  7. trob1

    trob1 New Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Middle TN
    When the rear legs are bent back like that it is usually a selenium deficiency and a Bo-se shot will help that. When it is the front legs it is usually a contracted tendon due to utro position and either time or splints if they have trouble walking.
     
  8. Just Kiddin'

    Just Kiddin' New Member

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    Nov 18, 2008
    Southern California
    One of our little does that was just born had a problem with her back leg. Her hock bent inward and it was really bad. I bought some 400 IU vitamin E capsules at Wal Mart and gave her one everyday. I just opened up an end and squirted it into her mouth. It must not have tasted too bad because she was happy to get them LOL. After 2 days her leg was completely fixed! Just an idea if you can't get anything else :)
     
  9. riaketty

    riaketty New Member

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    Feb 22, 2009
    Millersport, Ohio
    Two days-ish. She's had BoSe. I checked her this morning and she's walking on it much better now. How long does it take BoSe to kick in?
     
  10. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator

    Jul 20, 2008
    corning california
    within the week you should see improvement...especially if you splint it.... :greengrin: