One of my girls is feeling poorly and I need to get her temperature back up. I need ideas.
We had a bad storm last night and the air temp dropped quickly. She got locked away from the herd in a stall by herself all night. I found her this morning and she was acting "slow". She is my lead girl and normally is very bossy, wants to be in the middle of everything, etc... She was fine yesterday and spent most of the day "helping" me build fences.
All day today she has wanted to stay in a barn and not move. I pulled her out several times into the sun and finally locked her out of the barn so that she had to stay in a warmer area.... but she had shade so she did not overheat.
At lunch I went to take temp and could not find thermometer..... never fails. So I went to town and bought a new one. Took three goats temps and hers to make sure I was getting a good read. Other three read 102 to 102.4
Temperature? 97.5.... made her walk 1/8 mile to house and it went up to 97.9
Symptoms? Acting sluggish, does not want to drink, picked at some hay before I took temp, but has not eaten much. Did get to drink a quart of warm water.
When was the last time you wormed? 6 weeks ago
Wormed with what and how much? Cydectin 10cc
Is she pregnant? Bred 2 weeks ago
When did she last have kids? Oct 2009
Is her milk normal if she is in milk? Dried off Aug 2
What age? 6yrs
Do you vaccinate? Yes
What do her lungs sound like when she is breathing? Fine
Have they had a change of grain? No
How long have you owned this goat? 2yrs
Alfalfa pellets 24/7
Gets Bananas, apples, carrots as treats
Have her inside the house now so that I can keep the air temp around her from dropping tonight.
Trey and the rest of the crew raising Nubians with ears so big a strong wind might just send them into the air over VA.
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Hay will help her temp come up. Go ahead and feed her all the hay she wants but no grain right now. Do you have an old sweat shirt you can put on her? If you have any B vitamins I would give her a shot of that. If your house is air conditioned she might get chilled inside? Not sure what your outside night time temps are.
More went on than her just going into a stall and being locked in....she went in by herself because she was slammed by another goat? Something has depressed her rumen, if it was alot longer than just overnight it can be from not having any roughage in it, no forage and no hay. With her rumen not functioning properly she then isn't manufacturing any B vitmains, why the very first thing I do with a goat I have a questions about......take temp, give ringers for fluids, b vitmains, probiotics/yeast, run a fecal and check for anemia. Only in a healthy functioning rumen will a doe not go into polio if she is down. Banamine will continue to lower the temp and what symptoms did the vet see that she needed Draxinn?
Although you are now treating her for polio with the Thiamin, and continue it, something brought on the polio. Vicki
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With the tender side, lack of rumen function and pale eyelids, I'm wondering if she is bleeding internally. According to my vet, the Xrays they use will show broken bones, but not things like tissue damage or tumors. It sounds to me like she's been injured. Sudden temperature changes will not cause those symptoms in a goat. Here in Montana, it's not at all unusual for it to be 85 in the day and in the 40's at night and my Nubians do OK. The lack of rumen function is what is causing the low temperature. If she's not drinking, warm LR should hydrate and help warm her.
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