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I have a very small herd of eight goats. Friday we realized one of our does had given birth outside of the barn in the cold. Baby was cold, not too responsive. Was not interested in eating. Since then we found he was hypothermic - we have been able to get his temp back up and have given him LR, electrolytes, and even tube fed a couple times. Today we got some selenium and B complex paste. However he is NOT interested in a bottle, continues to breathe rapidly (60-70 times per minute) and sleeps most of the time. We get him up, rouse him around, he urinates and he has passed dark tarry stool a couple of times. Trying to get mom corralled in our garage, the heated barn still lead to his temp dropping to 97. Any other advice?!? No goat vets around here. Just not wanting the little fella to suffer if there’s no hope. New to kidding. Thank you.
 

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Keep him inside on a heat pad.

Are you milking dam to feed him or using some type of replacer? Did he get colostrum?

You need to tube feed every 4 hours. Typically 2-4 ounces - is he a miniature? Tube him until abdomen becomes flush with the hind legs but not so much that he gets a rounded out tummy. Be SURE the milk is 101* to 103*F which feels too hot to a human. Human body heat isn't enough to keep him up over 100.

Very common for newborns that went subtemp multiple times to get neonatal pneumonia. Due to the rapid breathing, I would begin antibiotics. Draxxin preferred but it's prescription. What have you got on hand?
 

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We have done both mothers milk and replacement. He has gotten 3 doses of Nuflor that we got from a friend and 3 doses of penicillin. We don’t have anymore on hand at this time. Since posting, we did bring mother in to a small room in our home with a heat lamp and bedding. He has been suckling and she is licking and doing her Normal thing. Fingers crossed. He only would even attempt to suck or root with mom around- it was just too cold outdoors for him.
 

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Okay that sounds good! It takes a few days for the selenium to work so hopefully he is on the upswing and hopefully the dam isn't too stressed being moved indoors/separate from the herd. Continue the Penicillin for the full 10 days. I'd really expect to see improvement in the rapid breathing very soon though. If it doesn't improve, you might have a human or dog vet or nurse listen for heart murmur.
 

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Good job. Finish that course of antibiotics! If he keeps hyperventilating after a finished course of antibiotics, have a vet check for heart murmur.
 
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