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Screaminghollow--about the goats
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Bkeepr    Posted 11-16-2004 at 04:59:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just wondering how things worked/working out with your goats? Hopefully well?

Tom


screaminghollow    Posted 11-16-2004 at 07:42:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I've given about 400 shots of antibiotics in the last ten days. The vet thinks it is Mycoplasm conjunctivae, which is really nasty stuff and can be carried for years with no outbreak. Some of the worst now have solid dark red eyes with white pupils. At first they were tearing very badly. Most of that has cleared up. Some of the goats that were obviously blind have started to show signs that they can see again. Like, blind ones I can just walk up to and grab them. Some of them are now pretty good at evading me when it is injection time. They dart and bob around the corners of the stall almost like normal vision. We kept the 15 bad ones in the barn and the rest are in the pasture.
I really dislike having them in the barn like this, when they clear up, I have to strip the stalls and spray them down with bleach water.

I went on line and read a bit about this mycoplasm stuff, it can live in the ear canals for years and then suddenly spread through out the eyes of the reat of the herd. If can be tranferred in the milk, in frozen semen, etc. We just got some new animals about six weeks ago and they were quarantined for three weeks and then put in with the herd. several days later, we noticed this outbreak. Can't say it was the new goats, but it seems likly even though none of them shows any sign of it and look perfectly healthy.
Just goes to show, you can bring in diseases no matter how careful you are.


Bkeepr    Posted 11-16-2004 at 09:43:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, really am sorry to hear that, hope it eventually works out. I am always fearful when we bring a new animal on the place; you did much more to stay safe than I typically do and still had trouble. Not sure what else you could have done.

I work with a lot of doctors and vets doing research on various human diseases. If I find out anything from any of them (new treatments or whatever) I'll pass 'em along to you.

good luck,

Tom


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