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Coughing young buck....

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by aisha3789, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. Oct 29, 2018
    aisha3789

    aisha3789 Exploring the pasture

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    I have a young buck that's about 8 months old that i recently purchased. He had an annoying cough but it was only a few times a day and he was happy and healthy. He was very active and eager to eat and when I looked at his eyelids they are a healthy dark pinkish red color so I thought if he had lung worms they weren't bad enough to cause him anemia. I assumed he just had the cough from road dust after being trailered to my home. (I live in an extremely dusty and dry area).
    However.....yesterday he took a turn for the worse and I noticed a change in his behavior. He became lethargic, picky with food, and too calm. I took his temperature and it was 105 so I gave him an oral dose of enrofloxacin but i thought he only weighed 12 kg so it was a small dose. His fever did not respond to it and actually went up to about 105.9
    Then I took him to have him weighed and he is actually 19 kg so today I gave him the accurate dose of IM injection of enrofloxacin. I also gave him aspirin for the fever because Banamine was not available. I also dewormed him with levamisole and oxyclozanide (brand is Kepxan or Nilzan)
    My question is about how he acted after the medication. He keeps leaning his head sideways and shaking it and stands in one place for a long time very still. I gave the injection in the neck because he is intended as a meat goat so i avoided the hips and shoulders for a reason.I don't know if I am just being a nervous Nelly or if he just feeling yucky since he had all the meds.
    He is also angry with me now and doesn't want me to touch him whereas he was like a puppy before :(
     
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    Southern by choice

    Southern by choice Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    Giving aspirin to a goat with possible high wormload and a dewormer is not desirable. This can cause internal bleeding.
    It says you are from pakistan. I don't know what kind of vets you have where you are but I would consult with one if you are able.
    Listeria can cause high fever sometimes and cause a staring off and stillness. This requires ecrtain meds that are prescription.
    Goat Polio doesn't generally cause fever but will cause staring off early on in that case you need thiamine.

    Probably just a respiratory infection, have the antibiotics helped?

    And welcome to BYH! :frow
     
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    aisha3789

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    Antibiotics helped and he seems more active today. He is also eating hay and a few veggie treats and drinking lots of water. His temp was down to 104 this morning when I checked. I dont think he had a high wormload because he didnt really have any signs of worms other than the cough indicating he may have lung worms. His eyelids were a healthy reddish pink. I think he is coming around...