Help - Sick Goat

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by turtlebutte goats, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

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    Nov 22, 2008
    I have a miniture dairy whether. Was the runt of the litter and the only one who lived. Is about 6-8 months old. Came home tonight was he was sick, laying on his side in the shed. He cant walk and there is liquid coming out of this mouth. Cries occassionally, and his rumen is gurgling about every 2 minutes. Has only had prairie hay, nothing else. Has plenty of water. We are in a blizzard, but was in an enclosed shed all day. What do I do?
     
  2. crocee

    crocee New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Northeast Arkansas
    It sounds like hes got bloat. I have never had to deal with this so I can only repete what others have said. Tubing corn oil into the rumen is what they say to do.
     

  3. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

    99
    Nov 22, 2008
    How much? What would work besides that?
     
  4. crocee

    crocee New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Northeast Arkansas
    Possibly veg oil or mineral oil but others would be best to advise on that.
     
  5. crocee

    crocee New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Northeast Arkansas
    Stacy is here and she will help
     
  6. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    what is his his temp?

    let me think more while you give me that info
     
  7. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    Ok possibilities include:

    poisoning = treat with activated charcoal
    bloat - treat with baking soda
    listeria - treat with anitibiotics LA 200 would be preferred
     
  8. crocee

    crocee New Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Northeast Arkansas
    On the oil I was going by the bloat page in 101
     
  9. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

    99
    Nov 22, 2008
  10. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    ok temp is good

    was the hay at all moldy in any way?

    what does the discharge out of his mouth look like? You said it was liquid, does it have a color?
     
  11. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

    99
    Nov 22, 2008
    The hay is not moldy at all. I have had it for 4 months and have fed it to my sheep and other goats. The discharge looks just like water and doesnt smell.
     
  12. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

    99
    Nov 22, 2008
    I have given him the baking soda balls. If it was to help, how long would it take? Im afraid the little guy is almost gone.
     
  13. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    when they are drooling - there is not much you can do for them.

    Polio is possible -- that is a thiamin deficency. If you have B1 injectable I would give him LOTS of that (you cant OD him on it) or fortified B Complex.
     
  14. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    I should have said this first -- I suggest contacting a vet, I know its late but if he is still around in the morning thats where I would be going with him.
     
  15. Shelly

    Shelly New Member

    386
    Oct 5, 2007
    California
    I got to guess it pretty cold? If so 103 is a fever. Does he have any diarrhea? Is his stomach swollen? Shelly
     
  16. RunAround

    RunAround New Member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Is he stumbling around at all? Facial swelling/paralysis?
     
  17. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

    99
    Nov 22, 2008
    it is a blizzard here, and has been all day with temps just below zero, however he has been inside his shed all since last night, and it was probably 15-20 degrees in the shed. he is not stumbling around, cant even stand. No face swelling either.
     
  18. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    this is so odd, I wish I had a direct solution for you.

    But Shelly does have a point about a fever being possibly present
     
  19. Shelly

    Shelly New Member

    386
    Oct 5, 2007
    California
    You didn't say if his stomach is swollen? A swollen stomach would led me to treat for frothy bloat. Has he had a CD&T shot? Shelly
     
  20. turtlebutte goats

    turtlebutte goats New Member

    99
    Nov 22, 2008
    He didnt have a swollen stomach nor the runs. He passed on about minutes ago. This was the 2nd goat this week.... I had a fainter get out last saturday when we were moving sheep and I ran over him with the pickup. We was our first goat and we had him for about 8 months. I started out with 3 and lost two of them this week.