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So, one of the 4-H families who bought goats from us just emailed me. Apparently their Lamancha just passed away due to what the vet diagnosed as "sweet clover" poisoning. She was such a sweet doe... They are so sad! (as are we!)

I've been working with goats for 14 years now and yet I have never heard of this. Which is kinda scary! Can somebody fill me in? Should my girls NOT be eating clover? Because they do - all the time.
 

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OK, the family just came over to "borrow" a Nigerian as a companion for their mourning doe at home. It turns out it was not "bloat", but true "sweet clover poisoning" which causes the blood to be unable to clot. The goat basically bleeds to death internally. SUPER sad.

The weird part is her remaining goat is just fine, even though both girls ate the same grass and the same hay.
 

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They didnt spray their pasture with anything did they? Or their neighbors? This is the time of year farmers are spraying for pests.
 

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It turns out it was not "bloat", but true "sweet clover poisoning" which causes the blood to be unable to clot. The goat basically bleeds to death internally.
That sounds like coumarin poisoning. One of the older anticoagulants on the market (warfarin) was discovered by a cow bleeding out after eating pasture high in coumarin.

Did the vet recommend giving vitamin K to the other goats eating that hay? Vitamin K is the antidote to that kind of poisoning.
 

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That sounds like coumarin poisoning. One of the older anticoagulants on the market (warfarin) was discovered by a cow bleeding out after eating pasture high in coumarin.

Did the vet recommend giving vitamin K to the other goats eating that hay? Vitamin K is the antidote to that kind of poisoning.
The vet did give vitamin K to the sick goat, but it was too little too late. I don't think anything was given to the remaining goat, but I will look into that - especially since one of our best does is now over there to keep her company. Thanks for bringing this up!
 

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Vitamin K shouldn't hurt anything and can only help. Did the vet do any blood tests to check clotting time on the remaining goat? If the prothrombin time is prolonged, vitamin K would be prudent to give.
I will check with the family today!
 
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