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My friends goat was fine yesterday, and this morning, she is staggering, drooling, unsteady on her feet. I gave her some awesome vet numbers. I am guessing meningeal worm, but I am not for sure. Maybe Polio?? I am not 100%, but any advice is appreciated!
 

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Also, they take awesome care of their goats, so it has nothing to do with poor management. :)
I gave her some vet numbers, and i think she has called them already too.
 

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It couldn't hurt to do probios and Vitamin B...
Listeriosis also comes to mind. Is she stargazing and or circling too?
Snake bite also could cause this...Has she checked her goat for signs of bites?
I hope she's ok!
 

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Neurological symptoms are never good and my first suggestion would be contact a vet. If that's not possible post pictures here. I once saw another goat owner diagnose a facial droop from a picture, so the experienced owners are pretty darned good at pinpointing the problem and giving advice until you can get a vet or transport to one that will see your goat. It could be listeriosis or polio and most people treat them the same with the exception of giving prescription strength thiamine in polio. Thiamine is supposed to turn polio around in 1-2 days (I couldn't get it when I needed it) and I can't tell you how to do that if you are unable to find a vet or friend that will give you enough to treat one goat. Someone here shared a website for race horse meds but the folks that have tried it recently said they could no longer connect. Fortified Vitamin B IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH, I've tried it as a last ditch effort and all I did was inflict more pain on an already sick goat. I think there is more headache pain from the encephalitis associated with polio than listeriosis as evidenced by pressing the forehead against something, shaking the head and apparent blindness, but symptoms so overlap and, the only difference is thiamine does't have much benefit if it's polio. I am unable to find the antibiotic schedule, I thought I had a screen shot of high dose Penicillin and and steroids to give. You may be able to find it by going to Health & Wellness or asking some to share it again. You also may be able to find it on Tennessee Meat Goats or Onion Creek Ranch websites. Best of luck to you, time is of the essence, they go down fast. The earlier and more aggressive the treatment, the more likely you are to save the goat.
 

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Sounds like Polio or listeriosis...glad a vet in on the case..
 
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