Goat has obstruction of gut

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by Suzy, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. Suzy

    Suzy New Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Hi , recently my goat hasn't been herself and yesterday we brought her to the vet and found out she has an obstruction of the gut .

    Is there anything we can do to help her?
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    Honestly I haven't dealt with that before. How did the vet determine the onstruction? And what were his recommendations for treatment?

    Did he suggest like mineral oil to help pass it through?

  3. ()relics

    ()relics New Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    By obstruction do you mean something has lodged internally that has blocked the gut or is the intestine twisted?
  4. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    I would be curious to hear how your vet came to that conclusion......I loss one of my wethers last month and vet told me same thing and did no testing, he tubed him with mineral oil and gave him an enema and sent us home and said he had done everything he could do and if it were a blockage nothing else could be done......I am sorry but I think it is their standard diagnoses when they really don't know.

    I really wish I had just taken my guy's care into my own hands and I would have tubed him with fluids for dehydration (did not realize at the time how fast a down goat dehydrates) and started him on antibiotics and would have given him an anti-toxin injection.....I very well could have lost him still, but at least I wouldn't be left with this feeling that I failed him. I have always been one to do exactly what the vet says.

    I hope your vet is wrong and your goats makes a full recovery.
  5. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    This is by no means advice . . . but a friend (maybe she'll chime in here!) was told something similar by her vet recently. Like cdtrum, goat was tubed. The vet gave a shot of antibiotic and told her to be prepared . . . seemed to think she could easily lose her. With that type of prognosis, there was no reason not to try something else when the doe didn't improve. Although up to date on CD/T vaccine, the antitoxin was administered and my friend really thought she saw a difference after each dose of that. I'm fuzzy on the details of what else she gave her, but I'm pretty certain antibiotics were continued and perhaps some form of antacid. Her doe did pull through.

    I wish I could remember where I read this, but somewhere I read that there is some speculation that the CD/T vaccine may not "last" as long in goats as previously thought.
  6. logansmommy7

    logansmommy7 New Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    I recently, just last month had the vet tell me the same thing about one of my does. She was NOT herself, and visibly sick, and not eating so we called them out here. He did the same, tubed her, gave banamine, recommended antibiotics, and that was it. Afterwards, I researched, as I had never heard of a 'blockage" per say. We simply did EVERYTHING we could for her. We gave her antacids (for potential bloat), CD Antitoxin for enterotoxemia (which at the time I felt was a long shot). It seemed after the antitoxin was given was when she started to rally. We gave it again the next day, and she came out of it. Unfortunately, she lost the pregnancy, but we got through that as well. I think it is important for goat owners to know what can possibly happen with their goats because sometimes vets are not prepared/as knowledgeable on the subject of goats (Unless of course you have a specialty vet), as cdtrum said above with vets and their 'generalized diagnoses'. Hopefully all will end well for your goat. Just try everything possible, that way you will know you did all you could! That's what we did, and thankfully we still have our pretty girl! Good luck!
  7. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    You'll have to read the entire page to find it, but this is one of the places where I read that the CD/T booster should be given 2x a year now . . . and according to this article, if you have had a case of enterotoxemia in your herd . . . 3x a year . . .

    http://www.npga-pygmy.com/resources/hea ... ations.asp
  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I am praying for her......... :hug: :pray:
  9. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    I sure hope we get some good news here. Suzy what did the vet give you as a option?
    Our vets here have told us it is best because here in our County we had so many cases of bloat a couple years ago it was horrible. They said start giving it every six months. If was just because of the weather and the pastures and just mother nature.
  10. Suzy

    Suzy New Member

    Jan 1, 2011
  11. Realfoodmama

    Realfoodmama New Member

    Apr 12, 2010
    Santa Fe, NM
    So sorry you lost her :(

  12. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I am very sorry for your loss....you tried so hard to save her..... :( :hug:
  13. HoosierShadow

    HoosierShadow Senior Member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Central Kentucky
    I am so very sorry, she was so beautiful :( RIP pretty girl :(
  14. logansmommy7

    logansmommy7 New Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Oh, I am so sorry too. She was a very pretty girl!
  15. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    Awww :sigh: So sorry she passed :hug:
  16. jduwall

    jduwall New Member

    Aug 7, 2009
    I am so sorry for your loss...she was beautiful.... :sigh: :hug:
  17. ashacooney

    ashacooney New Member

    Jul 20, 2013
    I am so sorry for your loss... I am a senior vet student who just had a case of small intestinal obstruction in a nigerian dwarf goat. We did everything, including full-on emergency surgery to remove it, but ruminants do not do well with intestinal surgery. It's not like horses... they can just go down fast when you touch their intestines. Try not to blame yourself, you did everything you could. And even when surgery is performed quickly by the best surgeons, things can still fail. We lost him. However I am presenting his case to my class and the faculty, so hopefully there will be more vets coming into the world who can help with this difficult situation. All my best, and with deepest sympathy, Anne
  18. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    this is an old post...2011...:D