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Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by CaramelKittey, Sep 21, 2020.
Similar to what you described though he may just be in very severe pain.
Rabies is incredibly uncommon in goats, but with the leg issue, is it possible he was bitten?
Do you need a number for an emergency vet?
Do you think he could have rabies? I’m not sure how he could’ve gotten it though. Two of our does were vaccinated, but he and his sister weren’t. Should we separate him from them?
Rabies is often confused with listeriosis, tetanus, or polio.
Without seeing the goat and having been there through the whole process it is hard to diagnose.
If it was polio or
Listeriosis, sometimes it can be a slow descent which starts with them acting off. Then they don’t eat or drink, the lack of drinking could lead to UC.
I would start on polio and listeriosis treatment, if you want to save him. It is your family’s choice to let him go or not, but I’m not sure if I would do so without having a vet out to see him.
Can you take an updated rectal temp? That may tell us more.
Yes! We will try to take his temp again. It definitely looks like listeriosis. We have penicillin. Is it too late to treat?
If there is even a slight chance he has rabies, you need to take precaution and wear gloves. Like NDO707 said, it is rare in goats but not impossible. Aggression can be due to pain. There just seems to be a lot going on with him and You really need Vet hands ON HIM..to see how best to help him.
Yes please to the emergency vet number!
should the penicillin be given IM or SUBQ?
Not sure if this adds anything to the rabies thing. Maybe just coincidence, but our outdoor cat is missing his collar, and a possum has been lurking around. Just thought I’d mention it.
Penicillin is sub q..1 cc per 10 pounds when addressing listeriosis
Be sure to pull back the plunger and check for blood. No blood is good to go..of you draw up blood..re adjust and try again.
Liam has crossed the rainbow bridge.
Oh man..i'm sorry.
Are you able to have a necropsy done? If he had rabies..you need to know.
Yes, I agree. We are planning on having one done for sure. Any recommendations would be great.
I’m so sorry. This is just awful.
NJ state ag lab takes necropsies I believe.
Call your vet. He should be able to arrange it. Or if there is a vet school near by. For tonight I beleive he needs to be kept cool.
Again. Im very sorry for your loss.
I would call your vet emergency number. Let them know you suspect he died of rabies..even if not sure..A quick Google says when rabies are a concern necropsy needs to be done within 6 hours of death.
Nearest vet school is Penn.
I don’t know if either of these will go to your area:
An intact brain is needed to do diagnostic testing for rabies. If you highly suspect this please be careful...especially of the saliva.