How much do I give? My boy is bloated right now, grinding teeth, biting and kicking at his side. I have baking soda and vegetable oil
Treatment is obvious-the gas must be allowed to escape. Position the goat on a steep incline (at least a 45-degree angle) with the front legs higher than the rear. This elevates the opening between the esophagus and the rumen and will often be all that is necessary to relieve a positional bloat.
Mineral oil or milk of magnesia (2 to 3 ounces) will help relieve a frothy bloat by breaking the tiny bubbles to form one large gas pocket, which can be relieved normally. Once the medicine has been administered, massaging the abdomen and walking the goat will help with proper mixing and breakdown of the bubbles. Relief from frothy bloat should be evident within one hour of administration of the medication.
If these treatments do not work, your vet may need to pass a tube into the goat's stomach to release the pressure in the rumen while giving the medicine a chance to work.