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My Alpine doe, Jacqueline is acting a bit funny since yesterday and I don't know why.
She seems fine, actually, but she was off her feed last night and this morning. I can't remember if she had any yesterday morning, but I think she did.
Her milk production is down to almost nothing, (usually a least half a gallon right now per milking) but that is most likely at least partly due to not eating her grain, I'm assuming. She had plenty of alfalfa yesterday though, and sweet potatoe vines, which we give them frequently.
She's still walking around, nibbling at hay, and drinking water.
I have not seen her "use the restroom" this morning, but I was only out for milking, so I didn't have a chance to watch her for very long.
Her eyelids are not very pale-they're actually pinker today than they have been in a while (I gave her some b shots a couple days in a row, so I think that helped)
She has done this in the past, just go off her feed for a day or two, then act fine like nothing happened, so I'm not too worried, just wondering what could cause it?
 

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Could be in heat?? get her temp to be sure pneunomia isnt and issue
 

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She was distinctly in heat a few day ago, so I don't think so.


I'm SO BAD at taking temps, lol but I'll try. :p I can never see the stupid numbers. :lol:
 

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I like a digiatal thermometer lol..easier to read. I find that even a day or two after the signs of heat is over they can still be in heat..things are settling down but the hormones still effect them a few days..lets see what her temp says...also watch her poop..see if she is chewing her cud...listen to her rumen..do a good rub down looking ofr lumps bumps and boo boos...see if there is any soreness..
 

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My first successful temperature-reading! :cool: :lol:

Okay Jacqueline's temp is 101.6, isn't that a bit low? I can't remember what a low temp indicates. :shrug:

Oh, and since I was out there and mananged to do it finally, lol, I went ahead and took Ella's as well. (my ND doe) She's been kind of lethargic for quite a while now, so I thought I'd just check and see. Her's was 101.8. What are you thoughts?
 

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Oh yes forgot to say I think her rumen isn't working quite normally. I *think* it was maybe once a minute, and weak at that. :( No sign of soreness.
 

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Still haven't seen Jacqueline go either.

Ella has been anemic for a while now, she's been wormed, and treated for cocci. I've been giving her red cell quite a lot, and the past week b shots, but not every single day. Her lids are almost white and she seems lethargic. I ordered iron injectable and am waiting for it to arrive.
If you think I should start a different thread for Ella I will. :shrug:
 

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Temps are on the low end of normal..101.5-103.5 is normal range..
I would keep a good eye on both...

Anemia is so along healing process..the iron shot might help your pale girl more than red cell..do keep a syringe full of benedryl or an epi pen incase they react to it..not all goats do, but just in case..better to be ready ;)

I would stop grain for a day or two..hay and green leaves...get a poop visual..Give some probiotics, B complex and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in enough water to drench..see if that dont perk up the rumen activity..
 

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Yes, I just got a couple doses of epinephrine from my vet a couple days ago to have on hand for giving BoSe shots. :) It does give peace of mind just to have it there. :)

I don't have Probios yet (ordered that as well, along with more b complex, which I am almost out of) but I could give yogurt or kefir. :shrug:
How would I give B complex in the drench? Is that what you meant?
 

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B complex really needs to be injected...because of the way the rumen works much would be lost other wise....go a head and give them some yogurt or kiefer...: ) they might enjoy that and it will help the gut too...: ) when you get your order, you can give the other stuff :D..
 

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Yesterday I gave Jacqueline a b shot (my last), about 3/4 cup of kefir, put molasses in her water, saw her drink it and saw her eat soda. Withheld grain as well. Never saw her go, and I was out there all afternoon cleaning and working and milking, but she was not always in my sight, so. ;)
Today she was hungry again, her rumen is back to working 3 times a minute, and she seems like her normal self. Saw her pee, no poo, but I didn't stay long.
So good report. :)
 

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Good job..you can give her the kiefer daily for a while. I might hold off on grain another day, just to be sure everything is up and going well..
 

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Give some probiotics, B complex and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in enough water to drench..see if that dont perk up the rumen activity..
I didn't really think you meant to drench, but I just wondered. ;)

I forgot to say that she got green grass yesterday as well, and was eating hay and alfalfa hay too. And though she had no grain yesterday, her milk production was back up to around a quart this morning, whereas she only had a cup or two yesterday morning. :)
I will continue to give the kefir and/or yogurt.

Ella got red cell and kefir yesterday as well. :)
 

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I didn't really think you meant to drench, but I just wondered.
Yes I meant to drench lol....But if she ate some on her own thats good too....when I drench BS I take about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon, depending on the goats size and add enough water to draw it up in a syringe...sometimes a goat wont eat the baking soda when they are feeling bad..and so we help the get what they need...I know some do a BS ball but I think that is hard for them to take..I rather just squirt what they need down the hatch lol..
 

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Lol, sorry! I meant the B complex that I had asked about before. :doh: at first I wondered if you meant to drench probios, B complex AND baking soda all at once, but I figured it out. ;) I think. Lol :roll:Anyway, thanks! :lol:
 

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lol..sorry for the confusion : ) glad you figured it (me) out...you are way ahead of my hubby on that and we been married 33 years LOL...
 
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