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Not able to put on weight

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So my saanen Cloud had babies in April (I think it was april!)

Anyway, she put her all into feeding her babies. I chose to not milk her as her condition was poor.

Cloud has never really recovered from milking her kids.

Her body condition I would rate as emaciated. I've done fecals, and tested for cocci.

She is negative (a few worms here or there but not a large load and she's been treated).

Her eye lids are still pale. Her gums area pale. I would consider her emaciated. I am putting off taking her to the vet as we only really have dog and cat vets, so I'm better off doing most stuff myself.

I can draw blood, do you suggest any blood tests?

One thing that is worrying me, is her front knees are very knobby and creaky.

She has free forage, I have tried a variety of things over the last few months. Grain, extra alfalfa, corn, beet pulp, dairy cow grain, etc etc.

She has access to high protein weeds (partrige pea and other legumes) as well as grass, guava, albezia tree (high protein), etc etc.

Now I KNOW dairy goats are slimmer then other types of goats. I will get a photo tomorrow. She is probably 40 pounds under weight. Seriously.

I do not know what to do at this point.

What blood tests should I run that I can send off myself? My vet charges $120 for a CAE test. Yeah, seriously. I asked when my buckling had a cyst in his neck.

My goats are pretty healthy except for the occasional hoof rot. I've ordered the hoof rot vaccine and am almost done building the foot bath thing suggested.

I give vitamens, loose minerals, grain, alfalfa, orchard grass, beet pulp, etc etc.

I'm getting so frustrated! I feel like no matter what I do or how many hours per day I spend caring for goats, it's one thing after another!

Again, I'll get a photo tomorrow. So skinny! I can about wrap my fingers around her spine. :( She eats and poops normal too. Just fyi. lol
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I just saw this thread , Im so sorry Dayna :hug:
I hope you can find the cause of her weight loss and its some thing that can be fixed. Poor baby Cloud :(
Let me just say that she's not currently losing weight. She actually looks BETTER than she did a few months ago. She's just not gaining.
They just got the sample TODAY. Express mail took 6 days. I'll be getting a refund on that..

Regardless they spun it down to see if it was a good sample still and it was! yay!

So I'll have all my test results by the end of the week. The wait will either begin for more tests or over with knowing.
That is good that you will know the results soon.
Here is their testing schedule.

CL: Wednesday
CAE: Thursday
Johne’s: Thursday
Well Cloud tested negative for all three tests. :)
Well, in one way that's really good. Yay for negatives!! But, on the other hand, rules out those for her weight issues.
that's great! but....the mystery continues......
I feel like I should write a goat mystery novel at this point... The case of the missing weight.
Could she be getting too much protein? That can cause weight loss....
Negative test results are awesome news!!!...I know goats who suffered Cocci to heavy worm load can have scaring that prevents nutrition from absorbing well...
Have you tried adding Flax seed?
Dont forget about chronic enterotoxemia either.

We r used to the sudden onset type
I feel like I should write a goat mystery novel at this point... The case of the missing weight.
I'd read that!
Well an update.

I've done all the things suggested on this thread plus a lot of other things. A month ago i started a new feed regime for her and we are FINALLY seeing results!

She gets:
Corn oil
Wal mart all stock feed
calf manna
kelp meal
sweet cob
alfalfa pellets
timothy pellets
probiotic powder

She gets a bowl full of the food at night, aprox a total of 8 cups of feed. And a bit of sweet cob hay in the morning.

She's put on 10 pounds in 4 weeks. So we're finally on the right track. I also am doing a week of red cell once per month for her, with it once a week on the "off" weeks. Her eye lids are FINALLY a medium light pink instead of white/grey.

She still is my ONLY goat with a weight issue. Everyone else is either perfect or slightly fat. So I don't think it's me, I think it's her. I just wish I could pinpoint what I'm feeding that is making a difference.
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her over all condition looks to have thats wonderful...keep up the great work
Yeah, she looks way better, I know she still has a way to go, but seems to be doing the job!
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