Buck limping

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Ashlynn, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    Buck has been limping for about a week. When I first noticed it I gave extra selenium. That did not do anything. Today I tried to clip his hooves. They were not overgrown, but I figured I would trim them down in case of something being stuck in there. He would not put up with me touching the leg, so I will keep trying to trim it down. Nothing seemed to be stuck in there based on what I did trim though. Didn’t appear to be responding to any specific spot. Simply wouldn’t let me touch anywhere on the leg. Does not appear to be inflammation. Is still eating pellets/hay/minerals and drinking. After eating he will lay down flat on his side and make me think he is dead every time. Very lethargic, but will get up when I approach him. What else should I do? Thinking about antibiotics, but want to try other things first.
     
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  2. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Is he bearing any weight at all on the leg?

    That's very concerning about laying flat out often.

    Is he a healthy weight? Good FAMACHA score? Can you post photos of him up and down?
     
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  3. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    When just standing there he does not bear any weight on the leg, but he will walk on it to get to food, water, or to run away from me trying to touch his leg. He is a healthy weight and his famancha is good. Can get pictures tomorrow. Also am going to try to take his temperature.
     
  4. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Poor guy, I don't have a guess for you. Fingers crossed
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Time for a vet and a xray.
     
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  6. fivemoremiles

    fivemoremiles Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    western montana
    bruised led pulled mussel or tendon is about all that is left
     
  7. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    He is doing much better today. He did not lay down flat and is acting more himself. Continues limping when walking, but puts it down when standing still.
     
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  8. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    The buck has gotten much much worse now. The leg bends the wrong way now. I think it’s the hyperextended knee that Weed em and reap had with their goat. We also can’t keep weight on him. Tried a splint but just made it worse. Tried anti inflammatory medicine. I don’t know what to do anymore. I think we need to put him down, but my dad doesn’t want to.
     
  9. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    If you are going to keep him, time for a vet to see if he can be helped, or will face painful life.
     
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  10. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    Our local vet is good but I don’t think she’d be able to fix this and she doesn’t do house calls, so we would probably have to go to the University of Florida but maybe I can get him there.
     
  11. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    That really stinks if you’re dealing with carpal hyperextension. I’ve not dealt with it yet, but I’ve read about a lot of ND breeders who have. There is debate on the cause (genetic vs minerals vs combo). There is a Facebook group dedicated to trying to figure out the hyperextension causes. I’m sorry your buck has it.
     
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  12. Ashlynn

    Ashlynn Well-Known Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    Lutz, FL
    We sat down and completely re-evaluated. I put him in a pen by himself but to where he can see the other goats. He seems much happier in there. Gave him aspirin and he started to put more weight on his leg. Found a spot where it looks like he chewed at his leg. Treating that too. Just joined the Facebook group about carpal hyperextension. Still not sure if that’s it but that’s really the only thing that makes sense right now. Crazy how no one knows the cause for sure.
     
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  13. NDinKY

    NDinKY Well-Known Member

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    Aug 3, 2019
    Kentucky
    I hope the aspirin helps and it’s just a sprain or something. Good luck!
     
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  14. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    A vet would be good right now.
     
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