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Update on my bottle baby: (born with hazy grey eyes, but they've completely cleared)
He was slow at getting up and walking and still hasn't started jumping and playing. Born Feb 10, so he's 16 days old today. He IS getting around now and I see what the hold up is- his left front leg. He uses his face (I know, poor thing ) to keep pressure off of it when he's getting up or down. He grinds his teeth sometimes so I know it hurts him. I thought maybe his shoulder because of when he cries, but my husband thinks his can bend all the joints with no issues. I don't know what the problem could be? Do I give him meds? Do I wrap it?
I know pictures will help, but I'm having issues getting them to upload. I'll keep trying.
 

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Backstory- he was a c-section baby. Doe went into early labor, but did not dilate. She had one stillborn that had been dead a while and one kid that died shortly after birth. He was tiny and week- took three days before he could stand on his own. He had what looked to be a 'gray lenses' over his eyes and he couldn't see. Thread here: [https://www.thegoatspot.net/threads/blind-kid.203001/page-2#post-2211501] The lenses has completely cleared to beautiful brown eyes and he seems to be able to focus just fine. He's actually been sick once, so he wasn't eating much or moving around during that time. So while he was fussy and not walking I thought it was because he felt bad. Then he gets better... but is still fussy and walking funny.

Forward to now- I (poorly- he wouldn't be still) wrapped his shoulder shortly after this post. So it does seem to me that it's his shoulder. I really don't want to take him to the vet unless we cannot help him ourselves. We've run up such a large vet bill this past year. He cries if I mess with it. But I saw a difference immediately. He's walking so much better. I'll have my husband help me wrap it better when he gets home tonight.

I was hoping growing pains, but am wondering if it's sprained, if it's dislocated, or worse.

Still an error when uploading files. I'm using Google Chrome. I don't know how to get them to load.
 

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Could he possibly be selenium deficient? Maybe some ligaments were weak and got sprained or bent in an awkward way? Maybe some BoSe could help.

Didn't read the original thread, but it sounds like he was born a little early too?
 

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Not 100% positive, but it sounds like joint ill could be culprit. Since he was sick with fever, we have twice given him a shot of Baytril 100, one a one day old, and the second about 10 days later when he was showing signs of a fever. He didn't get real colostrum, but the powder stuff, as that was all that was available. His mother's milk never dropped. We did give him colostrum from another nanny, about a week later. I don't know if they have the ability to receive any of the benefits later?

He is showing signs of improvement. I'm trying to read an article on it now, but the little fellow just got up and is hollering at me!

Edited to add: Thanks ladies, I think I have the information I need. Looking into the best course of antibiotics for him now. We have Baytril 100, Ceftiofur (Naxcel), and Nuflor, though buying a new product is something we are willing to do.

The articles I read, one suggested a penicillin type drug for 10 days, and other said Baytril 100 but use with caution, so I was wondering if anyone had advice?

https://www.farmhealthonline.com/US/disease-management/sheep-diseases/joint-ill-sheep/
http://www.tennesseemeatgoats.com/articles2/jointill.html
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/musculoskeletal-system/lameness-in-goats/joint-ill-in-goats
 
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