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Someone please help if you have any ideas about what could be going on or if you have any experience in this matter. A year after we took 2 of our does to a new breeder we began having issues with hair loss. It turned out to be mites and so we gave them ivermectin for a week straight as prescribed by our vet. Then the hair loss began again with our once over weight doe Kiwi (who had begun to lose an excessive amount of weight), but this hair loss was patchy and not how the rest had lost hair before. It really concerned me so I took her to the vet and they did a skin scraping and ran a ringworm test, which came back positive. We placed some fungal ointment on an area which was bald and the hair did grow back after about 2 weeks. This whole time she was separated with my baby boy Simba because they were the only ones looking unhealthy. My vet then prescribed sulfur-lime dip. We did that about twice, each administration 5 days apart, due to the rain and cold weather we had to stop. When the hair loss began again once it got warmer we administered it again. It was the second to the last dose and Kiwi began to cry out. Not a normal goat cry like "I want to be with my family", it was more like a sorrowful, "I am in so much pain" cry. She began to fall over and so we decided this was definitely an emergency. We took her to the vet to be seen right away and while we were there she began to stiffen up even more. Head was back, stargazing and completely stiff. They drew her blood and gave her IV. We left her there to be hospitalized and an hour later they called us to say she had passed away. We had a necropsy done on her, but it came back inconclusive. This was in April. We don't know what killed her, all we know is she was a bit copper deficient. Now my Simba is losing weight. Once an 85lbs goat, now I am able to lift him. He is losing fur in patches and I don't know what to do. Every time I take him to the vet it is the same diagnosis and I just don't want to lose him too... Can anyone please help?