Goat staring into space

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by toomanychickens, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. toomanychickens

    toomanychickens New Member

    Jun 3, 2016
    NW Georgia
    My 11 month old doe(ling) is stating off into space. Her temp is 101.9, and I checked her eyes, maybe a bit pale, but not alarmingly so. She seemed fine this morning, although I have noticed some diarrhea. I don't know that it was hers. It has been incredibly rainy here, maybe that is a factor? She is definitely off, she mostly is keeping a way from the rest of the herd. What could cause her strange behavior?
  2. Suzanne_Tyler

    Suzanne_Tyler GreenTGoats

    Jul 19, 2014
    Can you get a fecal done?

  3. Kath G.

    Kath G. Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2017
    I'd look hard at listeriosis and/or polio. If she were mine & she's staring off into space and acting off, I'd give her a shot of B-complex (6 mL/100 lbs) right now; then come back & read up on both. A fecal would be a good idea but the B-complex wouldn't hurt, and if it's polio (or listeriosis), quick treatment is key.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2018
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  4. toomanychickens

    toomanychickens New Member

    Jun 3, 2016
    NW Georgia
    I don't have the equipment for a fecal. I have her B Complex shot, penicillin shot, probiotic, and an herbal wormer.
  5. Jessica84

    Jessica84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    I agree very much with both! The key to both polio and listeriosis is to act fast. Also it seems there is a good amount of reasons why a goat will get polio and one of the reasons is parasites, so with the not so great lids and runs I would get that fecal
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  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Any eye darting, drooling, head going to one side, circling?
    Stargazing is another.
    I would start treatment right away, every 6 hours until all symptoms are gone and then, continue another 48 hours slowly weaning the goat off of it. So every 6 hours to 8 hours and so on. Unless the goat relapses increase again to every 6 hours again.

    Get a fecal for worms and cocci from your vet.