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Help with scouring , was a big shock

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Hi, I came home to find my young 18month old wether had pooped in lots of places on his yard, I was gob smacked, to find he did one or two running patches but about 10 others mostly were like thick cow pat, no berries.
He was fine this morning, and night time berries all normal.

He is active, eating hay fine, I tied him up, and washed his bum and gave some fresh hay, he eating it well.
my little doe of same age is fine, normal berries.
I鈥檝e just given them both small amount of baking powder, was that right, and what do I do now, and what might be the cause.

Worrm check all fine, no change in feed. could it be too many dried leaves etc as it Autumn in UK now.
So worried and shocked 馃槩馃槩Thank you
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When you say worm check, did you run a fecal this morning? Just look at FAMASHA score?
It could be a few things, worms, especially barber poll can cause a very fast onset of scours. Diet change is another. If he has been eating the leaves I really wouldn鈥檛 think that is the cause but it鈥檚 a good possibility. I would give him some probiotics and dark beer is always my go to with anything stomach related. It could also be a bacteria and even pneumonia. Usually if it鈥檚 bacteria they run a temp so I would go get a temp on him and see what we have. If he is acting fine that probably isn鈥檛 the case but sure isn鈥檛 going to hurt him to check. If you think it鈥檚 the leaves try to keep him from eating them today. If his poop firms up then that is most likely what is going on. I personally if he doesn鈥檛 start getting more firm by the end of the day would send a fecal in tomorrow, since no one is open today (unless you can run it yourself). Hopefully he starts feeling better for you.
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I agres with @AndersonRanch . Is the runny poop a normal color? Or is it bright green?
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When you say worm check, did you run a fecal this morning? Just look at FAMASHA score?
It could be a few things, worms, especially barber poll can cause a very fast onset of scours. Diet change is another. If he has been eating the leaves I really wouldn鈥檛 think that is the cause but it鈥檚 a good possibility. I would give him some probiotics and dark beer is always my go to with anything stomach related. It could also be a bacteria and even pneumonia. Usually if it鈥檚 bacteria they run a temp so I would go get a temp on him and see what we have. If he is acting fine that probably isn鈥檛 the case but sure isn鈥檛 going to hurt him to check. If you think it鈥檚 the leaves try to keep him from eating them today. If his poop firms up then that is most likely what is going on. I personally if he doesn鈥檛 start getting more firm by the end of the day would send a fecal in tomorrow, since no one is open today (unless you can run it yourself). Hopefully he starts feeling better for you.
Thank you for quick reply, I will do Famasha check best I can, but find it hard fiddling with there eyes, can I check his gums? I will update you as I go along, love from Donna in UK
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I agres with @AndersonRanch . Is the runny poop a normal color? Or is it bright green?
Hi, normal colour not green, no berries just like thick custard , I鈥檝e just checked on him, lively and eaten his hay and drinking, just given bit more baking powder, should I keep him off grass ? no more poops yet , thank you from Donna UK
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When you say worm check, did you run a fecal this morning? Just look at FAMASHA score?
It could be a few things, worms, especially barber poll can cause a very fast onset of scours. Diet change is another. If he has been eating the leaves I really wouldn鈥檛 think that is the cause but it鈥檚 a good possibility. I would give him some probiotics and dark beer is always my go to with anything stomach related. It could also be a bacteria and even pneumonia. Usually if it鈥檚 bacteria they run a temp so I would go get a temp on him and see what we have. If he is acting fine that probably isn鈥檛 the case but sure isn鈥檛 going to hurt him to check. If you think it鈥檚 the leaves try to keep him from eating them today. If his poop firms up then that is most likely what is going on. I personally if he doesn鈥檛 start getting more firm by the end of the day would send a fecal in tomorrow, since no one is open today (unless you can run it yourself). Hopefully he starts feeling better for you.
Hi again, just thought could it be the grass, they have pasture access, which they eat sometimes, but I also let them out into other areas for short periods, but they do eat that quick and it鈥檚 very green .
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It absolutely could be the grass! If you can go ahead and cut his access off for today and see if he firms up any. It鈥檚 probably not going to be nice firm berries but even if it get thicker and more normal that should be a fairly good sign that it鈥檚 diet related. Also if we are feeding grain go ahead and pass on that today. You want nice dry roughage, so the day will be good. Him acting and eating fine is a good sign so I would just sit back and see how it plays out today. If he is still loose tomorrow go ahead and run that fecal.
I don鈥檛 think (not that I know for sure!) that the gums will tell you much unless very anemic. It is hard to check those eyelids sometimes! I鈥檓 sure the goats do not like us doing it lol but to be totally honest I don鈥檛 put 100% faith in a FAMACA score when it comes to parasites after loosing kids to cocci and them having decent color. Don鈥檛 get me wrong I still check it but if there is something else going on that points to parasites I go ahead and just make sure that is or isn鈥檛 what I鈥檓 dealing with.
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It absolutely could be the grass! If you can go ahead and cut his access off for today and see if he firms up any. It鈥檚 probably not going to be nice firm berries but even if it get thicker and more normal that should be a fairly good sign that it鈥檚 diet related. Also if we are feeding grain go ahead and pass on that today. You want nice dry roughage, so the day will be good. Him acting and eating fine is a good sign so I would just sit back and see how it plays out today. If he is still loose tomorrow go ahead and run that fecal.
I don鈥檛 think (not that I know for sure!) that the gums will tell you much unless very anemic. It is hard to check those eyelids sometimes! I鈥檓 sure the goats do not like us doing it lol but to be totally honest I don鈥檛 put 100% faith in a FAMACA score when it comes to parasites after loosing kids to cocci and them having decent color. Don鈥檛 get me wrong I still check it but if there is something else going on that points to parasites I go ahead and just make sure that is or isn鈥檛 what I鈥檓 dealing with.
Oh thank you so much, last evening he was going bonkers playing, which was a good sign. Today no sign of scouring or thick custard pats, so fingers crossed. They can get to grass, but given plenty of hay today, I will update you tomorrow if that鈥檚 ok, many thanks again, love Donna
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