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Maggie Leman
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Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 08:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Coccidia is not killed by normal deworming meds. The current advice is to use a sulfa drug (Albon, Sulmet, DiMethox) as Corid can cause polio. The sulfa drug is given for 5 to 10 consecutive days. Many young kids have a bout of coccidia, especially if they are stressed by weaningand/or changing farms. But adults can get coccidia too, especially when stressed.
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Posted on Friday, June 08, 2012 - 05:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thank you for responding. I actually got her into the vet today and she is staying over night. She tested positive for goat polio and coccidous (sp?) We gave her vitamin b last night and kept bottle feeding her water and electrolytes because we were concerned she wouldn't make it throughout last night without them. We had just deworned her a few weeks ago when we brought her home. The get said she probably git sick because we feed small amounts of gain at night and her body couldn't handle it? That seemed odd to me since none of the others are sick but were going to take stool samples from all of them in tomorrow so they can be tested as well and disinfect all the stalls and replaceo the straw. Is there anything else we need to do to prevent the others from getting it as well and should we seperate her when she gets hone for a few days to make sure she doesn't pass it on?

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Carole Kurilla
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Don Slade
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The first thing I suggest is giving her an sub-Q injection of B-complex 2ml, or 1ml of Fortified B-complex. The thiamin will strengthen her.
Also orally something for energy boost like the product Goat Nutri-drench solution or 50% Dextrose solution. Give every couple of hours as needed.

She does need to be given water once in a while. Dehydration alone weakens and kills.

One problem I suspect could be intestinal parasites. Have you gave her any worming med? If so did you give oral, why type and how much?


In natural light you can pull down her lower eyelid and look at the inner membrane color. Should have a vivid light pinkish to darker reddish pink. If it is solid white then she is severely anemic lacking red blood cells. Most likely cause are a deadly infestation of internal parasites.

I do not know how long you had her or if you know her history, but could she have been bred longer than last month?

You say the back end appears swollen a bit. Does her vulva look dilated also and her tail ligaments feel loosely?

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Liz Averett
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Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2012 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We have an Alpine who is about 2 yrs (she's a rescue so we're not totally sure) old. this morning she did not eat breakfast, and seemed a little off but we figured she'd eat when she got hungry. This afternoon we had to pull her up off the ground and push her from behind and pull from the front to get her walking, but after a couple minutes she started walking along with us. Tonight, she did not eat again, and is not lying down to sleep; she has isolated herself from the rest of the herd and is rocking front to back with her head down. She also has dried fecal matter clinging to her genital area and is slightly swollen back there as well. She does not have a fever, has a slight runny nose, is not "crying", has taken a little bit of water when we held her head and forced a bottle into her mouth she sucked about half a bottle down, still will not eat anything. We've called the vet, but he is out of town and the person covering has no experience with ruminants and will not come out tonight. There is a possiblity that she could be pregnant- the buck got in with the does last month. She does not seem to be bloated- no hard belly or pain cries, and seems to want to be on her feet. Any help would be appreciated so we can at least get her through tonight and get somebody out to look at her tomorrow.
Thanks,
Liz
505-608-5910

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