My goat is not recuperating

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Alex Cortbawi, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    image.jpg Hi everyone. I am a new owner of 14 goats which I acquired a couple of months ago. 2 weeks ago I noticed that one doe was losing weight but didn’t give it too much thought. A couple of days back her health had deteriorated to the point that she could barely walk. Called the vet and he told me to drench her so I used Oxarex Gold. Still I felt that the problem was not solved so I called another vet who examined her and determined she had pneumonia. Draxxin dodicile b12 calcium and other vitamins were given to her 3 days ago. As I write this message she can barely stand up without help but eats and drinks well. Her poop seems fine but she is not gaining any strength and the cough at times still remains. She is 4 months pregnant. What should I do?
     
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  2. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    Draxxin was only given once since it is long lasting but b complex metabolase calcium and painkillers are being given daily since. I feed her hay bran a little barley and greens. I added some salt to the feed and I am giving her warm water which she seems to like. But practically no energy
     

  3. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki
    She may need another antibiotic added to the draxxin. Excede, and pen g are ones that we jad to use on mine that had it. If she is not drinking she needs fluids... like iv or sub q fluids. You can do the sub q yourself if the vet will allow it. What is her temp? Try finding her some branches of green forage. She needs some straw in there. I would be calling the vet back. She looks like a sick lil thing.

    Did the vet take poop for a fecal? That needs be done too.
     
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  4. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    Welcome to TGS.
    I’m sorry your doe is so Ill. She’s a pretty little thing.
    Do you know how to check her FAMACHA score? (Inner lower eye lid color)
    What is her temperature, taken rectally.
    Can you give her some “magic”
    It’s one part molasses, one part corn or maze oil and two parts karo syrup. It’ll give her an energy boost.
    Being 4 months pregnant she might be in ketosis As well as having other issues like a worm bloom.
    You can check for ketosis by Using human ketostrips found in the diabetic section of the local pharmacy (chemist) or maybe your local grocery.
    I’m not sure what sort of access you have to things being in Lebanon unless it’s Lebanon KY.
    I Hope we can help you.
     
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  5. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    Thanks for the reply. She is drinking practically a gallon daily. Hot water is her favorite. The vet should be here in an hour or so. I can’t take her temperature since I don’t have a thermometer yet but touching her ears seem to show she’s ok. Got her some green forage and she ate it gladly.
     
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  6. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    Try the magic she’ll probably take it easily
     
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  7. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    It takes a while for strength to rebuild. Keep some safe natural browse in front of her..things like oak leaves..pine..cedar..black berry vines ..alfalfa and hay. Dont add salt to her feed..just set it in a dish for her to choose to eat if she wants it . She also needs quality loose minerals. It's great she is drinking plenty. Try getting her up often and helping her walk a little..this helps her muscle strength and rumen function. You can use a large towel like a sling to help support her. Just pull it up under her and spread it wide...hold the 4 corners up to support her.
    Draxxin is a good antibiotic for lung issues..but without knowing her temperature..its hard to know whats going on and if she needs a secondary antibiotic.
    Grab a digital thermometers...does not need to be for animals. Don't get the rapid speed one..but most all others work great. 101.5-103-5 is normal range. With her being 4 months a long..adding some molasses to her warm water can offer some energy.
     
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  8. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    As an encouragement, here is a collage of my doe Nellie. She got very ill and took weeks to get her back on her feet...they can bounce back and thrive, but it takes a lot of work on our end. With your doe eating and drinking, and pooping berries, that wins half the battle. You got this!
     

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  9. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    thanks for all the support everyone I really appreciate it. I gave her a modified magic boost. Molasses some honey hot water and canola oil. Waiting to get some tums to add to her hot water shortly. It may be ketosis. She was bred to a Damascus goat and her tummy is prominent. Will wait to see the results. Also will post her temp as soon as the vet arrives shortly. Once again thanks.
     
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  10. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    Thanks for the encouragement. Nellie is very pretty
     
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  11. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Prayers sent.

    A lot of good advice and suggestions given.
     
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  12. MadHouse

    MadHouse Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum!
    Good luck with your doe, she is beautiful!
     
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  13. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    Unfortunately the doe’s health is deteriorating. anemia is getting stronger despite providing her with magic boost. He temperature is 103. Peeing regularly. Ample amounts of water. Poop is normal. Oak leaves are provided but she doesn’t eat eagerly. Walking forcibly a few steps now and then. Vet just gave her oxyjat LA since her cough hasn’t receded along with more vitamins and minerals. I hope she makes it.
     
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  14. GoofyGoat

    GoofyGoat Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2018
    TEXAS
    Can you get some red cell? Give 10cc per lb Daily until FAMACHA is pink. Then twice a week for two week then once a week for two weeks.
    The only other thing for anemia is a blood transfusion.
    High doses of vitamin c gummies or chewables help.
    So does a high protein diet you can drench with dyne Mixed in with Soaked soggy alfalfa Pellets in warm water.
    I’m sorry she’s not doing well.
    Prayers for your girl
     
  15. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Yes she needs anemia support. All mentioned above and I will add a 50/50 mix of raw apple cider vinegar and water..30 cc once a day. Would also give her cayenne pepper with honey which will offer readily available vit Bs and energy. Cayenne pepper is an amazing herb.
    I too am sorry shes not doing well. Shes lucky to be in dedicated hands.

    Best wishes
     
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  16. Sfgwife

    Sfgwife Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2018
    North Cakalaki

    Dod the vet do a lungworm float in the fecal? It could be that with the cough and anemia.
     
  17. MellonFriend

    MellonFriend Well-Known Member

    @happybleats I noticed no one mentioned garlic. Could that help?
     
  18. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
  19. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    I recently had a doe go down, no reason that I could see. She got Vitamin B complex, 12 cc, Vitamin AD+E, Bo-Se, Banamine, and Nuflor (antibiotic). I gave the B, Banamine and Nufor daily. Touch and go for a week, then she finally stood on her own. Not sure if this will help your doe, but sometimes you have to throw everything and hope something sticks!

    I used a small straw bale for her to lay across, trying to get her stronger.

    I hope she get better for you.
     
  20. Alex Cortbawi

    Alex Cortbawi Member

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    Jan 19, 2021
    Lebanon
    Blood transfusion and blood cells are out of the question at the moment for logistic reasons due to the COVID shutdown. We decided that we will give her ivermectin this morning whether preventive or treating existing lungworms. She is hanging on. A bit encouraged to read that in some cases it took a full week to recover.
     
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