Heat stroke/dehydration in Goats

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by bayhorsebillygoat, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. bayhorsebillygoat

    bayhorsebillygoat New Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    We have 5 one year old goats we are going to eventually use for pack goats. They went on one of their bigger hikes over the weekend and one is not doing so well. It was definitely hotter than it has been. He did fine the first day, led the pack. Then around noon the following day he hit the wall. We hand fed him water enough to pack him out of there. He walked, but slowly and seemed to be a little despondant, a little confused and clumsy. He stopped chewing his cud and wasn't eating. Once home, he would no longer drink water. We ended up taking him to the vet - iv fluids, iv antibiotics, dextrose, b12 and perked up a bit. He stayed through the night. Still hasn't gone to the bathroom, keeps stepping back as if to pee but nothing.... He seems to be grinding his teeth now and still won't eat and isn't interested in water... please help! The vet seemed to think he was fine, but a goat who hasn't gone to the bathroom in two days worries me...
  2. sounds like kidney stones,very painful,teejae

  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I would get ammonium chloride into him and treat him for UC.
  4. bayhorsebillygoat

    bayhorsebillygoat New Member

    Jun 10, 2015
    Well, turns out just after I posted this our poor goat went into seizure and died shortly thereafter. We think he may have had a stroke at some point over the weekend leaving him a little confused and despondent and it finally took him yesterday evening. Such a hard thing to lose your animals. Thanks for the advice in any case.
  5. odieclark

    odieclark Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2016
    Heat stroke hydration

    Aww, so so sorry! Gosh, feel bad.

    Hopefully, we can all learn from your unfortunate situation, though not very consoling for you at this point.

    It is so hard to lose an animal. I am so sorry.

    With elevated temperatures and humidity increasing here, I have great concerns as well.

    So sorry for your loss.
  6. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'm so sorry you lost him.