Warning: this is long :blush Here’s the deal. I took my doe “Boo” who I’ve owned for two months to the vet today. She will be 9 years old in a week. I’ve noticed since I bought her that she has problems eating hay, and flings her grain around when she eats it. I swear her jaw is out of wack or something-her tongue hangs out sometimes.(note: when I asked her previous owner of 8yrs about this her response was that she thought she had a stroke at some point-I don’t think so but whatever) She acts really cold all the time, shaking worse than everyone else and has been losing weight. She does not chew her cud. She is dry and hopefully 6 weeks pregnant. I was giving her alfalfa pellets and some grain once a day and then eventually moved her into the pen with the youngsters so she was top dog. I still wasn’t happy with her condition so I started offering her all the pellets she would eat morning and night, holding the pail for her until she walked away. The best I could do without separating her completely. Wednesday I looked more closely at her mouth and one side was hard and raised right across where her molars-the difference is also visible when you look at her straight on. I started to think that she had an abcessed tooth or cheek, overgrown molars etc. Felt like she needed some attention and made the vet appointment. I also moved her into her own stall with a tub full of pellets, hay and heat lamp. She eats her grain with enthusiasm, pellets pretty good, picks at the hay. Still shivers some even under the lamp. Drinking good. She has definitely lost weight. So Vet: He got a good look in her mouth and "does not see anything unusual", both sides look the same. He felt around where the lump is and said he didn’t feel anything, said that is did feel thicker but not an abcess. We ran blood to check organ function just in case their was something else going on, it was normal. So it was on the second check of her mouth that he noticed she has 3 or so front teeth that are super loose (duh! I should have noticed that) they easiliy move ¼” each way with the tap of a finger. He said from the looks periodontal disease also, her age.. So the theory is they are bothering her, she can’t pull in mouthfuls of hay etc. By the looks of it the teeth are going to fall out soon. He said if I wanted to hurry it along, wiggle them around daily. Oh, and he also put a skin scraping under the scope and found a louse! So good thing I got that co-ral powder-Geeze! Okay, so I’m not totally convinced that there isn’t something going on with her molars after coming home and reading pg 51 in goat medicine “As a sequel to periodontal disease, an abscess may form around the root of a molar tooth….The infection progresses until bony distortion of the ventral ramus is noted.” Now I don’t know exactly what that means but that is what the side of her jaw feels like, bony. There is more there, if anyone would care to read it and help me translate. I think that would mean this has been going on for awhile. So soft foods are in order for sure. Keeping her warm concerns me because it is so bitter cold and she does not have a belly full of hay. Blanket maybe? I’m wondering if I should just pull those loose teeth out with pliers, if it would make her more comfortable. She is CAE neg, recently wormed 2x, nice dark pink membranes, and got BOSE in Nov. I want to get her thru this pregnancy!