Copper : Copper: deficiency symptoms in kids~Sue Reith

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Sondra, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

    Thank you Sue for allowing us to post your articles


    >>I have a 1/2 Boer buck kid, born 8 days ago who has lost control of his
    rear legs. I don't believe this is FKS, the kid can still nurse and does so
    with gusto. I noticed he was a little shaky last night, but didn't pay much
    attention. This early p.m., he is unable to get up. I'm treating this as
    White Muscle disease, but is there anything else I should consider; navel or
    joint ill, say? His navel was slightly infected yesterday (other kids have
    such sharp teeth!), so have started him on a course of Penicillin, washing
    it and spraying twice daily with 7% Iodine. Any other ideas or input very

    Sue Reith responds:

    This is, I'm sad to relate, a classic symptom of copper deficiency. The
    bad news is that once the rear spinal nerves have started to deteriorate as
    a result of the deficiency you can only arrest the progression of the
    deterioration, which without treatment would continue up the spine until it
    hit the brain if the animal didn't die sooner. We have found here on the
    West Coast over the past several years a continuously growing trend for kids
    to show signs of a combination of Selenium AND Copper deficiency, which the
    California State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has been finding consistently of
    late in its necropsies of kids. Unfortunately, the last people to know that
    it seems are the vets! They will treat the poor animal (at great $$$ to its
    owners) for everything imaginable to no avail. I once got angry at a vet I
    knew for doing that to a pet owner's new baby goat, and he charged them a
    huge bill and told me I was wrong, as he (a dog and cat vet) was sure this
    tiny kid had CAEV! (Thanks for letting me vent on that one!) Another
    classic sign that I have observed with the copper deficiency symptom you are
    seeing in your kid is that they do remain 'bright-eyed and bushy-tailed'
    throughout the whole sad thing. When Selenium is also deficient, a shot of
    BoSe will actually raise their spirits for a while, but it will subside in a
    week or so.

    Joyce Lazzaro's Copper Deficiency page, if you haven't already read it, is:

    Sorry to be the bearer of potentially bad news...

    (While I urge you to share this information with other individual goat owners, please do not reproduce the article for publication without my specific permission. Thank you. Sue Reith.)

    Sue Reith
    Carmelita Toggs
    Bainbridge Island WA
    [email protected]