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Thanks for the info!
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Sarah    Posted 11-17-2003 at 17:15:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I posted this in reply to the goat question I had asked, and 3 people gave me some Great info. I just wanted to be sure that all that gave info knew I greatly appreciated, bc my post moved to the 2nd page, and I wasn't sure how many of you would see.
I really do appreciate it. :

Thanks so very much for all the info.
I greatly appreciate it.
She is eating,etc fine.
Still acting fine and everything.
I think it is probably a lil cold, bc the weather has been kinda wishy washy here this year.
She seems to be doing better, and not having her nose run as much now.
I will keep an eye on it though.
Also I will keep you posted.
Thanks again,

Tom A    Posted 11-18-2003 at 11:12:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Glad she turned out to be fine. I lost one of my sweetest does last year to a parasite that even the vet didn't recognize at the time, so I tend to get a little antzy if I don't recognize a symptom nowadays...but sniffles as you described have never been a problem.

Goats are really great folks, ya know? Gotta love 'em!


Sarah    Posted 11-18-2003 at 17:24:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you now what your does died from?
What was her symptoms?
Well again .
Thanks so very much!
Have A Great Night,

Tom A    Posted 11-19-2003 at 05:37:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
She died from menningal worm. This is a parasite that normally infests whitetail deer without harming them, but occasionally jumps species into goats and sheep and can kill them.

First symptom I noticed was she just didn't seem "quite right"...not herself, but I can't be more specific than that. Next symptom is weakness in the hindquarters, but starts very gradually and gets more pronounced as time goes on. Had a second doe get it 6 months later, and we caught it early simply because of our experience with it the first time. Vet treated her, and (knock wood) she recovered without any apparent permanent damage.

The worms basically crawl/eat their way up the goat/sheep spinal cord. As the worm grows, it causes more and more problems, and eventually death. Was fairly rare, but apparently has become more common at least in our area, due in large part to the wet weather we've been having (it is carried by slugs and snails in the pasture.). Now there is a fair amount of info on the web about it.

Good luck...just one more thing to worry about, eh?
Tom A

Greg F.    Posted 11-18-2003 at 08:34:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any time.
I hope everything works out well.

Sarah    Posted 11-18-2003 at 10:24:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
She seems to be doing better now.Still a little here and there, especially late night, and early morning. Also some of our other ones are having runny noses as well. We go through this every year this time. Poor things:(.
Well thanks again,

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