Goats falls down and needs help back up.

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by goatboy13, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. goatboy13

    goatboy13 Member

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    Feb 2, 2016
    Hey so I have a goat that either falls down or lays down sometimes and when she does she can’t get back up on her own. I can lift her up and she goes right back to walking around just fine with a slight limp. But she can even runs if you try to catch her. We’ve had this happen about a year or so ago but the goat seemed more ill acting, it eventually died. Anyone else ever experienced this?
     
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  2. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Does the weakness seem to be in the hind end? Do you notice any tripping or the back toes folding under when walking/running? Do you see any "cowlicks" or places of fur mussed up along the sides?

    The above would signify Meningeal Worm.

    How long has it been happening for this goat?

    Start with a rectal temperature, FAMACHA check, and a B-Complex injection and let us know the results.
     

  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    We definitely need the above questions answered to help you.
     
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  4. goatboy13

    goatboy13 Member

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    Feb 2, 2016
    I’ve not paid attention to her toes, I will check tomorrow. We did notice the other day her fur looks odd compared to how they normally look. She started limping probably a week ago and just started today the falling and can’t get up. We did start her on B Complex today.
     
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  5. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Is the limp in the hind legs?

    Do White Tail Deer live in your state?

    If you are able, post photos of her.
     
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  6. goatboy13

    goatboy13 Member

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    Feb 2, 2016
    Yes there are deer sometimes
     
  7. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    I would continue the B-Complex for 3-5 days and begin treatment for Meningeal Worm. You'll need a bottle of liquid Safeguard and either Banamine or Dexamethasone.
     
  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I do agree with SalteyLove.
     
  9. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    If you don't have available meds, please reach out to a vet, this could become very serious.