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Goat Kid has a cold

Discussion in 'Organic Husbandry - Goats' started by ruminantlover27, May 13, 2014.

  1. May 13, 2014
    ruminantlover27

    ruminantlover27 Chillin' with the herd

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    My two month old buckling I just got today has a little cough. I'm supposed to bottle feed him too, he supposedly has been bottle fed but doesn't seem to have much of an appetite. I had to separate him and put the bottle in his mouth to get him to drink. He is not as active as my other 3 month old who beats the bottle to death and prances everywhere...
    He also has a few tiny eye goopers...
    What can I give him? And how? I doubt he will take anything willingly
     
  2. May 13, 2014
    ragdollcatlady

    ragdollcatlady True BYH Addict

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    Personally I would get a vets advice right away. Coughing might mean pneumonia and eye discharge isn't good. I would personally skip organic options for this and make sure that if it looks like pnemonia or coccidia, they get treated right away. I don't have enough experience with organics ( I do believe they are the better option when you know what you are treating and have real experience with them) but antibiotics for infection and sulfas for things like coccidia have a time and place when they are appropriate and goats sometimes don't really give you much time to get them sorted out before having serious issues.
     
  3. May 15, 2014
    ruminantlover27

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    Thanks. I'm taking him to a vet today. His goopies are better and he did start drinking some milk after I gave him some herbs.
     
  4. May 15, 2014
    SheepGirl

    SheepGirl Master of Sheep Golden Herd Member

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    What is his temperature?
     
  5. May 17, 2014
    Prairie Farm Woman

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    What did your vet say? (Always interested in learning!)
     
  6. May 17, 2014
    OneFineAcre

    OneFineAcre Herd Master Golden Herd Member

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    How's your goat doing? He was most likely stressed from the move. We got a a 5 week old buckling two weeks ago who rode 10 hours to get to us. He didn't eat much for a couple of days. Made sure he drank some electrolytes and gave hims some probiotics. After a couple of days he was fine.
    I hope your little guy is too.
     
  7. Jun 3, 2014
    ruminantlover27

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    Sorry for the late reply it is planting/allergy season, so I've been busy or dead! I took him to the vet where they gave him a vitamin b shot, a steroid for his appetite, and an anit-biotic that was not penicillin. He perked up and ate some that night, but was sore from the shot. The vet has had a lot of experience with bum lambs/goats and was pretty confident about him pulling through with the B'vita and steroid. He had a huge appetite the next day, the cough has slowly been going away and hardly exists now, just mostly if I give him cold milk. His eyes weren't that bad but no more goop after the vet visit. In a week he was bucking and jumping with his tail up and happy, he is growing up now! Thanks for your replies
     
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  8. Jun 3, 2014
    ruminantlover27

    ruminantlover27 Chillin' with the herd

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    Sorry can't remember his temp, he had a definite fever enough to concern the vet
     
  9. Jun 3, 2014
    Pioneer Chicken

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    If he's still having heavy/ raspy breathing, I'd suggest giving him 400 units of vitamin E once a day for ten days. This will help with the healing of the lungs and his breathing rate will get much closer to, if not, normal.
     
  10. Jun 3, 2014
    ruminantlover27

    ruminantlover27 Chillin' with the herd

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    Ah cool. I'll have to look for some
     
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