Whether won't eat, staying away from herd

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by CaramelKittey, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Thank you. :hug:
     
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  2. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA

  3. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    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?
     
  4. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    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.
     
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  5. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Yes! We will try to take his temp again. It definitely looks like listeriosis. We have penicillin. Is it too late to treat?
     
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  6. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    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.
     
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  7. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Yes please to the emergency vet number!
    should the penicillin be given IM or SUBQ?
     
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  8. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    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. :shrug:
     
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  9. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    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.
     
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  10. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Liam has crossed the rainbow bridge. :(
     
  11. mmahamilton

    mmahamilton Member

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    Jun 25, 2020
    indiana
     
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  12. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    Oh man..i'm sorry.
    Are you able to have a necropsy done? If he had rabies..you need to know.
     
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  13. CaramelKittey

    CaramelKittey Well-Known Member

    Thank you.
    Yes, I agree. We are planning on having one done for sure. Any recommendations would be great.
     
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  14. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    I’m so sorry. This is just awful.

    NJ state ag lab takes necropsies I believe.
     
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  15. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    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.
     
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  16. happybleats

    happybleats Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Gustine Texas
    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.
     
  17. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    Nearest vet school is Penn.
     
  18. mmahamilton

    mmahamilton Member

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    Jun 25, 2020
    indiana
    An intact brain is needed to do diagnostic testing for rabies. If you highly suspect this please be careful...especially of the saliva.
     
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