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Sick pygmy goat, need help
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Mikki    Posted 05-10-2004 at 19:38:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We just got our first pygmy goat about a month ago. He is about 5 weeks old now and has been having problems. He bloats when we bottle feed him because he doesn't nurst properly. We've tried several differnt types of nipples and get the same result. We burp him and things go smoothly. Today he's had loose bowels, a little green in color and its been constant all day. What could be the problem? He hasn't eaten much all day and he just cries. We're so worried about him. Any help would be appriciated.

Greg    Posted 05-11-2004 at 08:51:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Give this site a try. lots of good info here.

Burrhead    Posted 05-10-2004 at 19:45:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
give him a dose of mineral oil. according to his size I'd guess about 1/2 ounce. Then no bottle for 10-12 hours.

Then instead of a bottle try to get him to eat some sort of dry feed or hay. Nothing with molasses in it like sweet feed.

Some cracked corn would be good, crushed sunflower seed would be better.

CountryMaritimer    Posted 05-11-2004 at 05:41:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have 4 pygmie goats, two born over year ago on Valentines Day the coldest day that winter up in Eastern Canada. We fed raisins and they love chicken scratch....cracked corn and other stuff. I hope things work out, I know all about worrying about sick pets.

Maureen    Posted 08-17-2006 at 21:38:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You need to seek a farm vet with goat experience. I just did that today. My guy isn't expected to make it but the vet, who did a complete blood analysis, tells me to consult her next time & learn how to properly care for these unique animals.
I feel terrible and know where you are at. :(

Mikki    Posted 05-10-2004 at 20:30:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wouldn't mineral oil only worsen his upset stomache? We've just moved him into a bigger pen during the daytime and he has excess to more grass now. Could that cause it? We're stumped. He's just a baby and doesn't eat feed yet. Just grazes on leaves and grass, and gets bottle fed 3 times a day. We also just gave him the overeaters tetnus shot about 3 days ago.

Burrhead    Posted 05-11-2004 at 12:48:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
no the mineral oil does'nt worsen the condition. It calms their stomach and relieves pressure by nuetralizing the bad acids.

Raw eggs are good as they will replace the natural microbs in the digestive tract.

Just hold it's mouth open and pour a couple of raw eggs down the hatch twice aday. They have no choice except to swallow.

dale anne    Posted 05-11-2004 at 04:44:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Mikki....try giving yer goat some hay...will lend fiber to his diet and tighten up his could be the grass giving him the lil fellow should be eating cracked corn by now....i also just had a spring kid fixin on being 5 weeks old and has been eating hey and cracked corn since bout 3 weeks old along with momma for the bloat try giving him a 6 oz bottle of water mixed with bout 1 tps of baking soda...this should work...also iffin the lil fellow is looking real sick give him some of this...
homemade electrolyte solution....4 tbs of corn syrup or dextros...2 ts..table salt....2 ts baking soda///to 1 gal water...mix well!.....good luck...dale anne

Mikki    Posted 05-11-2004 at 07:48:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dale Ann, Thanks for the info. When should we take him off the bottle then? He doesn't eat that much of it because of his bloating. We burp him like a baby. He's just a little guy, smaller than a cat so we worry about him. The other one we have is strong as an ox, eats like a pig but doesn't graze like our little guy does. He's had no problems with him eating his bottle. And he plays so much! Our little guy is so serious though. He doesn't play or anything. Just eats, poops, sleeps and loves to sit in your lap. We don't enough to know what we don't know about pygmies. Thanks for taking time to talk at us.

kim    Posted 06-01-2006 at 20:56:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The 4 month old goat has been sick....1st with urination, We took him to vet and has been on antibiotis...Now he looks like he is bloating...The first vet bill was $122. as he staied over night...I am going broke....What should I try....He is eating goat mix from RR King and gets out for a couple hours a day........

dale anne    Posted 05-11-2004 at 08:18:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
well mikki....i bottle fed my goats fer 2 months...after they started to get interested in hay i would alternate the milk bottle with a water bottle...this helps to cut cost and keep them very hydrated..that was bout a month old....i also raised my goats in the laundry room! was mid winter when they came to us and i didnt have any way to keep them warm every 2 hours like having twin babies...i got uo to feed...let me tell ya....i stopped bugging my Michael about having more children! can always e mail me at if ya need to...seems to me them goats are a bit small iffin ya said like a cat.....wonder how many inches the mom was...well good luck...dale anne

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