I put a doe in with my young Nubian buck a few days ago, and now she is not wanting to put weight on one of her front legs. He has turned goofy, so I assume he got too rough. She can put weight on it and can move fast if she wants to, but she's avoiding that leg. I didn't find any major heat or swelling. My horse had a similar episode this summer, and I polo wrapped him, so I wrapped her leg with vetrap. Any experience with sprains or strains?
One of mine had the same thing happen about 1 1/2 mos. ago and I know she got bashed by another goat, it was a back leg. She got better after a couple weeks. I gave her some alfalfa pellets daily in case she needed extra calcium if there was a fracture.
I've had goats with sore legs in the past and it usually seems to be from them being rough with each other. I examine the leg and if I don't see any swelling or sign of a break (I've only had one broken leg here - that being in a 6 day old buckling) I don't wrap it. On maybe two or three occasions, I've given a single dose of Banamine, but I ususlly do nothing and the goat is back to normal in a couple days. Sometimes, limping can be due to a hoof problem and I've treated goats for that, treatment depending on what was wrong with the hoof.
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24 hours after I took the wrap off, the "ankle" is visibly swollen and she's limping - this is of last night. Disappointing, as I was hoping the swelling was just from the wrap. Not sure what to do other than leave her be. She's not getting another trip to the vet. She was my doe that got sick this summer, and frankly, she's not valuable enough to be wracking up vet bills. I'd probably sell her if she wasn't a problem child. She's very small for a Nubian. She was a first freshener this year, and I was happy with the kids...
I just read an old post from Vicki about swelling/pain. She said if the goat is still eating, leave it be, don't give any Banamine or anything, the swelling and pain will keep the goat off the leg and prevent any more injuries. But if the goat is not eating, you can give Banamine.
She didn't mention vitamin B, but I would give a shot of that to keep energy up from not eating.
The doses for both should be in Health and Wellness section, under Misc.Injectables.
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