Baby Goat attacked, very sick

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Aasiya, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Aasiya

    Aasiya Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Hello everyone...
    Yesterday something really unfortunate happened..
    So our relative's doe kidded a week ago with healthy triplets..they live very close. Yesterday, my partially outdoors cat slipped out and attacked one of their kids. I know it's him because they saw him in the yard and he's also attacked one our kids before, but it wasn't so serious that time. The owners don't have much hope for the kid, but I've brought it over to treat it, since my cat is the cause for trouble.
    The kid has several bites(puncture) around the face and throat..Iv been cleaning them and applying antiseptic. I also gave her the tetanus antitoxin and b complex yesterday . She spent the whole of yesterday hunched and shivering, refusing to eat. Temp was normal and I coaxed her to nurse several times from mom.
    Today her wounds look clean and she was a bit more active, nursing more eagerly. But she seems to have trouble walking with her back legs, and stays hunched. A couple hours ago she became really floppy and walks in a staggering, sideways gait...stumbling on her knees. I checked her legs for wounds but didn't find any.She just nursed again. Her temp now is 104.3 degrees. Is there anything else I can do? Any help is appreciated
    Ps:the cat is up to date on his rabies shot
     
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  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I would start on antibiotics and banamine. How much tetanus antitoxin did you give?

    What has she been eating?

    Is there any heat or swelling in her joints?
     

  3. Aasiya

    Aasiya Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    I gave 1/2 cc antitoxin...which is about 1500 IU..it's the same dose I gave the last kid who was hurt.
    She's only a week old so iv just been letting her nurse..she doesn't eat anything else. Her body is overall warm but joints don't seem swollen.
    What antibiotics do you suggest and what would be the dose for a kid so young?
    I have penicillin, oxytetracycline and ceftriaxone on hand
     
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  4. Aasiya

    Aasiya Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Also, is banamine the same as meloxicam?that's the only fever and pain med I have in my fridge. Thank you.
     
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  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I agree, tetanus antitoxin is wise.

    Fortified vit b complex daily.

    Give banamine for pain, as needed.

    Antibiotics.

    Keep kid warm and fed.

    Flush wounds daily with a tea color iodine/water solution.
     
  6. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Meloxicam is fine. 1 mg per 2.2lbs

    She is nursing from a goat? Is her belly full and firm, round or hard, or soft and sunken?

    I would probably choose penicillin.

    I would give another 1500 unit dose.

    Flushing wounds with the iodine solution is a good idea!
     
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  7. Damfino

    Damfino Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Right behind you
    Antibiotics, antibiotics, antibiotics!!!
    Cat bites are notoriously bacteria-laden and cause very nasty infections. (My cousin almost had her arm amputated because of an infection caused by a cat-bite!) I'm going to guess that over-the counter antibiotics will not be strong enough and your best bet would be to call a vet and see if you can get something strong and long-acting. Vets are very familiar with cat bites and will probably have some good advice.

    Best of luck to you. Thank you so much for being a responsible pet owner. We unfortunately see stories here where someone's dog attacks a goat and the dog owner won't make good on the damage. Thanks for doing what you can to help.
     
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  8. Aasiya

    Aasiya Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Thank you.yes i take her over to her mom to nurse and bring some her mother's milk to syringe feed overnight.
    Her belly is soft but feels sort of full after nursing. Also, what would be the dosage for penicillin?
     
  9. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Well I do agree that if you have a vet, get a strong antibiotic. Otherwise penicillin dose 1cc per 20lbs 2x daily subq.
     
  10. Aasiya

    Aasiya Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Thanks for the advice. I did call the cattle vet, but I can't really have him over as he's been transferred to the village district. I also called the other vet who is a small animal vet, but he said he doesn't treat goats. Also, the cattle vet suggested biomycin or penicillin for wounds too... any ideas on which would be better?
     
  11. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Don’t have any advice, just wishing good luck nursing baby back to health! :hug:
     
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  12. Aasiya

    Aasiya Well-Known Member

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    Apr 29, 2020
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    I just realized my penicillin is a combination of procaine and benzyl penicillin...the dosage on the box for sheep and goats say ' 1 ml for 20 kg body weight'
    Is this the dosage I should follow for the kid or should I just use the 1cc/20 lb dose?
     
  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    1 cc per 10 lbs is a better idea.
    With bacteria so strong.
    2 x a day.
     
  14. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    You are right. I agree.
     
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  15. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    For PenG..go sub Q and Be sure to pull the plunger back and check for blood before injecting. No blood is good to go. See blood readjust and try again.

    Best wishes for baby! Sounds like he's in good hands.
     
  16. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    Prayers for the little one. Keep those puncture wounds rinsed out daily if they scab over, soak the scabs off to flush The wounds with iodine, you don’t want the scabs to seal in anything like bacteria. It needs to heal from the inside out. Keep a petroleum jelly light glaze bandage lightly over it. That’ll keep it clean. If you have access to silvadine cream that would be ideal as it kills bacteria and promoted healing.
    Cat scratch fever is a really terrible disease but a cat bite is worse.
    You’re doing fantastic and I really hope the kid recovers.
     
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  17. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Raw Manuka honey is also great for wounds.. it can help the healing.
     
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  18. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Fingers crossed for the baby goat!

    Out of curiosity - what does the baby goat weigh? And what does the cat weigh? Is it a typical domestic cat or one crossed with a wild cat?
     
  19. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    Yes this! I am thinkin holy cow what kind of cat attacks a goatlet.
     
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  20. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    Has the cat been vaccinated for rabies? You are good to take care of the baby. Did you give any banamine to the kid? That might help calm it a little, too.