Forgot to mention these are pygmy goats. (To the best of my knowledge)
I am really hoping they mean hay and are not really feeding straw.I had the same problem when I first got into goats. I tried everything and nothing worked. Finally took her to the vet and found out that she had a very low tolerance for worms. After deworming over and over nothing helped and I finally sold her.
So first things first you need to do a fecal test on her. Take a good fecal sample in a bag to a vet. They’ll run a fecal test to test for Barberpole worms and coccidia. You could also ship a sample to Meadow Mist labs if you can’t find a vet to do it. But most will.
Next, I want to clarify that when you say “straw” you actually mean hay. Straw and hay are totally different as straw is used for bedding and has no nutritional value. Hay is what animals eat.
You have done a great job with her!! So don’t be discouraged. This kind of thing happens to everyone eventually. And welcome to TGS!! You found a good place.
You can check her eyelid to see if she is anemic or not. Research checking a goat’s FAMACHA. Some parasites cause anemia and need a more specific dewormer. The diarrhea right now is probably going to resolve after a few days if her stomach is upset from what she’s been eating. I don’t deworm unless a goat is losing weight, anemic looking, or a fecal shows too high of a parasite count. It’s completely normal for a goat to have parasites, but you deworm when they are high or the goat is showing signs of illness. There’s also mites and lice that can cause anemia. If the goat’s skin is scabby/dandruffy or you can see specs running around in the fur close to her body, you can treat with ivermectin cattle pour on at 3x her body weight and use a syringe to put it down her back or use injectable ivermectin instead. You can search forums on here for more information on deworming and dosages. Over the years, some dosages have changed. Some dewormers are bad for pregnant goats. What you’ve been using is safe I believe. I’m newer to goats, so I won’t give you more specific advice outside what I know and have done myself.😀 I keep a container of Valbazen for tapeworms and stomach worms. I’ve read not to use that for pregnant goats. It works for barber pole worms for some goat owners. I think it can also treat liver fluke. I use corid for coccidia. I have ivermectin horse paste on hand just in case I need that. It’s also for stomach worms.To clarify by straw I do mean coastal hay. Got it at tractor supply. I guess that's what I'll be onto quickly here then. She's giving me plenty of samples to work with so I'll start with that. If you had to recommend a dewormer where would you start? Is ivermectin ok?
Thank you! It hurts because I wasn't expecting goats to be so expensive but I feel responsible for their well-being so here we are.Its great that you took her to the vet! She is lucky to have you as an owner!
I guess my question is would you give them to her simultaneously? And would you also do it on a five day program? I'll stop by a feed store and grab some today.Fenbendazole won't cut it for most parasites. I would use it in combination with a second dewormer to be sure she gets good coverage. Cydectin sheep drench or Ivomectin product.