I have a three year old MiniNubian buck (Jasper) that is very sick. I was gone for a few days and my 10 year old brother was doing chores. He does a good job with chores so I don't think this has anything to do with him - I just wasn't here so of course I didn't notice any symptoms before this morning. My brother said the buck was fine last night (or at least he didn't notice anything). This morning when I went to his pen, Jasper would not get up. So I went to him and tried to get him to get up. Nope. He seemed really weak and like he couldn't get up. I pulled him out of the hole he was lying in (he was lying part way in one of the holes that my LDG digs in the corner of the shelter). Jasper's eyes seemed sunken in and I noticed that he had fresh scours on his tail and backside. I got some lactated ringers from the vet and he has had 2000 ml of those this morning (per vet's recommendation). She said to give him another 1000 tomorrow. He seemed to improve a little but not much. He was at least holding his head up. But now he is laying with his head stretched out again and is lying on his side. I hate to see any goat looking like that. He did drink a little water and I have given him some electrolytes. He is not at all interested in hay. When I went out there a few minutes ago, he had pooped a little, but all there was was clear and/or mucusy (sp). What is wrong with him and what is my next step??? The only vet in my area that does goats is a dog and cat vet. She thinks he's just dehydrated and the LRS should take care of the problem, but I think there might be something more going on. Oh, I'm not sure if this is relevant, but the flies are all over him. Especially his nose and mouth. I have put some natural fly spray (horse spray) on him and it seemed to help a little, but they are still thick. I really would hate to loose this buck. I am very attached to him and he is key to my breeding program. I just LOVE him. He's such a sweetie and throws such GORGEOUS kids. Please let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions!