2-3 week old bottle Pygmy kid isn't playing or jumping around

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What are good abiotics I should get for him. I think he could have shipping fever. The lady I got him from got him from other people so he's moved 2 times in a week. I am going to tractor supply tonight so I want to know what I should buy him.
 

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It really depends on what he has going on. If it is a parasite issue, the medications are dependent on the type of parasite. For cocci, we use dimethox which is not at TSC and is currently unavailable nationally--CoRid is not a great option for cocci so a vet would be needed for a sulfa drug. Other parasites, like barberpole, need a dewormer.

If it is bacterial, you have TSC injectable options like penicillin, Tylan, and a few others or oral ones that you mix with water. But what to give him, I would say still give a vet a call.
 

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Ok. I looked for vets near me and there aren't any. It's an hour drive to the nearest one. I feel like driving him another 2 hours wouldn't help. But I'll try giving them a call.
 

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I have a link somewhere around here to a vet search...let me go look. Sometimes dog /cat vets will help too. :)
 

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I know he's been dewormed. Would those antibiotics be ok for him even if he didn't have something going on?
 

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It's never a good idea to give antibiotics "just because". That's the main reason we now have bugs that we don't have antibiotics to cure. They morph and adjust over time to where the antibiotics we have no longer work against them. This has already happened with wormers for livestock. Many no longer work because of over/misuse.
 

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In addition, antibiotics kill off the good with the bad and may worsen digestive issues when the gut flora are destroyed. A few antibiotics are not recommended for growing kids because they can stunt bone growth (edited to add specifically LA200).

Not all dewormers kill all worms so he could still have a parasite issue.

http://www.aasrp.org/search/custom.asp?id=2504
 

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I bought probiotic plus paste by goats prefer. Is that stuff good for him?
 

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x2 on @Latestarter & @Pearce Pastures posts.

You may want to look at this link-
http://www.cybergoat.com/goat_vet.htm

The Probiotics are fine for him.... But you really don't want to just throw the medicine cabinet at him, it can do wore harm then good.

If you can get an appointment with the goat vet you mentioned, I think it would be well worth the trip.

Both animalmom, Pearce Pastures, & I have all been in goats for years. Latestarter, although he doesn't have goats yet, has been researching them for a long while now. Now don't take this as being harsh PLEASE, I don't mean it like it may come across.... But you have been given advice from several great goat owners/soon to be owner, I think this is something you should really heed.

We have dealt (all of us combined) with many things, we aren't new to the game. You are a brand new goat momma. The fact that this person just purchased this and then resold it right away send big flags to me. I good goat breeder wouldn't have sold a bottle baby that they haven't even had for more then a week, let alone sell it to someone who hasn't had much experience with goats before (not bashing you -or anyone- it seems like you are doing your best/keeping a close eye on him!) I really think you need to get this baby to a vet. I understand not wanting him to go thru another stress of being moved, but by the way you described him in your first post, I'm not sure how long he has left. I am bottle feeding 9 kids that are his age right now, they are either bouncing off the walls (literally) or sleeping after hours of play.
If any of them acted like your guy, I know something would be vey wrong.

The teeth grinding is very worrisome.

Again, please don't take this like I'm blaming you or bashing you- I really don't mean it that way. The tone often gets lost when you are texting/email/forum etc.
 

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