Goat not eating, lethargi

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Emmah5852, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Emmah5852

    Emmah5852 New Member

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    Oct 17, 2020
    North Carolina
    Our goats haven't been eating very much over the last few days, and our boy has been moving much slower than usual. Usually my dad handles the goat stuff, but he is out of town and unreachable, so I just have a basic knowledge of them, and our vet won't be available until Monday. I thought it might be bloat but neither of their left sides seem to be swollen and they are not acting like they're in pain. Their both about 1 1/2, she is pregnant, due in December. Any ideas for what it could be/what I should do/do I need to call the emergency vet? Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    What are their temperatures? What have they been eating? Can you give them som garlic and honey?
     
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  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Take a rectal temp.
     
  4. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    If you take a temp it should be between 101.5 and 103.5. If she has a temp higher you need to look at what she may have eaten.
     
  5. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    We will need for you to get a temp first, before we can help you.
     
  6. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    I agree..let's start with a good check up
    Get their Temp and check their famacha.(lower inner eye lid color) you want them to be deep pink to red. Pale lids can mean heavy parasite load.
    How are the poop? Berries or loose? And color?
     
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  7. Emmah5852

    Emmah5852 New Member

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    Oct 17, 2020
    North Carolina
    Thank you all so much for the advice! I managed to get ahold of my dad and he gave me good advice. Temps were both normal, 101 for the first and 102 for the second. Poop is normal too, berries and dark brown. I am going to check their lid color next. I mixed in a little honey and a little pumpkin, and they ate everything up. My dad said to keep watching to make sure they didnt throw anything up and check the pasture for anything poisonous they may have gotten into, so I will do that next.
     
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  8. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Good job. Definitely check famancha (lower inner lids) worm load can really slow them down too. Glad temp is good 101.5 is normal lower end. So keep an good eye on the one at 100.
     
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  9. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Also offer browse foods. Leaves, vines, pine and or cedar
     
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  10. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    It wont hurt to give a little activated charcoal if you suspect they ate something bad. If the famacha is low do a fecal. If there is a high worm load you need to deworm
     
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  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    All great advice given.
     
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  12. Tanya

    Tanya Well-Known Member

    How are the goat babies today?
     
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  13. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California