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Sick goat is well, but what caused it?? Help!
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Tom A    Posted 05-02-2003 at 07:10:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Trying to figure out what caused one of the goats to get sick.

One of our 3 year old wethers get very sick the evening before last. Wouldn't eat, no gut sounds, just laid there and wimpered. Left side was swollen. Breathing and temperature were normal, though.

We assumed bloat and drenched with mineral oil and corn syrup and made him walk. He seemed a little better, but not normal. Very tense, still in some pain; but he passed both urine and feces. Stood very funny, pawed the ground ocassionally, would lay down for long periods then get up and stretch...always seemed to be doing exactly opposite what the rest of the herd was doing (they'd be up, he'd be laying down and vice versa).

Thursday morning, no worse but no better so I called in the vet. She considered and ruled out almost everything, including tetanus, poisoning, change in feed and pasture, and founder. Said that since she couldn't diagnose it, she'd just treat the symptoms and hope he got better. Drenched twice with "pepto bysmol" and gave banamine injection. No change in him for another half day, and in fact he looked much worse by late afternoon to the point I'd convinced myself that it *was* tetanus after all.

Then, 15 minutes after I'd checked him and decided that, and he's out in pasture with the rest of the herd eating just about normal. This morning, he seems a little tired but is eating walking and chewing cud like normal.

So, anybody got any ideas what it could have been? I want to avoid a recurrence, but can't do that if I can't id the cause.


Sandra    Posted 11-10-2005 at 12:45:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A few days ago our yound goat started acting odd. First off he came out the pasture with the donkeys, then he started to act odd. To make a l;ong story short he fell down and hasn't gotten back up. I have been hand feeding him and giving him liquids which he takes willingly. I noticed to day that he won't hardly open his left eye. When I opened it it was blood shot. Is there any thing any one can tell me that will help MO?

Sid    Posted 05-02-2003 at 19:17:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
All these things mentioned sound like some kind of defiency in the diet. I think the spring of the year is a hard time for cattle if minerals are not kept in front of them. If I understand right fast growing plants in the spring are lacking in some of the nutrients needed it seems that my cows use more mineral mix this time of the year than other seasons of the year. That is why I really watch the mineral tub close and do not let them even get close to the bottom of the pan.

Disclaimer    Posted 05-02-2003 at 19:19:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I aint a goat expert not even a cattle expert so I just guessed based on what I have niticed and learned from other farmers in this area. Sid

magpie    Posted 05-02-2003 at 08:31:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Might be just the nature of goats to get strange symptoms. My wife's billy goat got sick last september, vet said he didn't have much hope for him. His gut wasn't working, wouldn't eat or drink, eyes were glassy, appeared about ready to kick off. Wife was very persistent, gave him a good drenching 3 times per day, and anitbiotics. After about a week he started getting better, he is fine now. He went right back to the same pasture, We have no idea what caused it.

screaminghollow    Posted 05-02-2003 at 07:25:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope somebody knows. I've had the same problem with a few goats over the past two weeks. Our goats were escaping to the next county so we confined them to the shed for almost a month while the new fence went in. During that time, i would feed hay, grain, and cut brush, (multiflora rose, small saplings, any non-poisonous shrub with buds or leaves.) When the fence was finished and they were let out to graze, several got sick even though we only let them out for a short time at first and gradually increased their time to all day. Our biggest nanny goat is currently just moping around, but seems slightly better this am. However, none of our sick goats had swollen bellies as with bloat. They all seemed to be getting over it. Threw a scare into us. We have a problem in this area with some kind of brain worms, but we worm regularly and the symptoms are different. (the goat loses control over the rear part of the body and drags itself around. A few daily heavy doses of safeguard for horses seems to clear that up if caught in time.)

interesting similarity you've brought up....    Posted 05-02-2003 at 07:39:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
as I had just opened up a small chunk of pasture that very day for them. It is very sloped, so to prevent erosion I just let them graze it down for a day every few weeks and then close the fence again for it to regrow. So it had a lot of new growth, just like yours had, but isn't new pasture or plants to them. Only difference I see is that I've got just one sicky out of 13 animals.

Where are you located...and what is growing there now?


screaminghollow    Posted 05-02-2003 at 20:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm in York County PA, 40 miles North of Baltimore, Md. My goats are in big grass pasture with some multiflora rose, a few samll poplar and maple saplings and alot of thistle.

Tom A    Posted 05-03-2003 at 03:11:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Howdy neighbor! I'm in same type growing area, not too far...Frederick County Maryland about 50 miles west of Baltimore. We drive through York county periodically, and have thought about someday relocating to PA just to get out of the People's Republic of Maryland.


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