Help1 I'm new at this

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by crittermom, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. crittermom

    crittermom New Member

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    I just got my 1st goat a week ago on Saturday. He had scours when I got him and was on replacer milk. He is only 4 wks old, and is a pygora. On Tuesday I wormed him after another goat mom said he probably had worms, and also she said it was his replacer milk giving him the runs. On Wed. he was disbudded by a local vet who has minimal experience with goats. Thursday he refused his bottle at first and I immediately called the vet. He said penicillin injections 2xs per day at 1cc each time for 5 days. He did start eating w/in a few hours. I am terrible at shots. I did it for three days. He seemed to feel better too. Much more perky and silly. At this point I have learned that I can transition him to cows milk (I'm doing that now) to help with the scours. He does have a cold though. Runny nose, some congestion and a little bit of a cough. I'm just wondering if I am doing everything that I should be for him or if there is anything else that will help the scours and cold. I weighed him yesterday because he feels heavier than before and he's 8 lbs. It's still pretty cold here (SW Michigan) so for now he's staying indoors and sleeps in a dog crate at night so he doesn't freeze with all the diarrhea at night.
    Thanks, Teresa
     
  2. Patty13637

    Patty13637 New Member

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    You need to continue antibiotics for at least 5 days . He probally should get bo-se . He should also be started on coccidia prevention.


    Start reading goatkeeping 101 . You will find everything you need there . I think there is a new thread that is about caring for an infant straight on up.


    Patty
     

  3. stacy adams

    stacy adams New Member

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    Teresa, I wouldn't transition him to cow milk, I would move him to cow milk, and move him at his next feeding.. stop cold turkey that formula stuff! and as Patty says, 5 days minimum on the Penicillin. You don't want resistance, no matter how bad you are at giving shots. :D
    If you have access to some slippery-elm bark powder, 1/2 tsp 2x a day for a couple of days will help with the scouring. You could even continue at once a day for a week, it won't constipate him.
    What would you do for yourself, if you had that same cold? if it's just a runny nose, then keep it wiped. coughing, you could use a childs expectorant.. just needing over the hump, if he'll mouth some powdered Vit-C that will help.
    If today is day 4 of your penicillin shots, give it! don't just stop because he seems to be feeling better, you'll just be setting him up to fail.
     
  4. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    yep keep up the antibiotics/ cocci treatment and get off the replacer immediatly use Vit D whole milk from the grocery store. I also use Vit C and exspectorhist and always use B Complex and probios when giving antibiotics.
     
  5. crittermom

    crittermom New Member

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    Hey everyone,
    Thanks for all the great advice. He is on whole cows milk now, the cocci treatment is on its way-should be here soon, and I ordered some of the slippery elm bark today. I also gave him his antibiotics today too! I'm bad at it but got it done anyway. Yeah!!! Today was a little better than yesterday so we are making progress. I'm glad I found this site, now I know I am not alone.
     
  6. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    nope you certainly aren't alone we are all in or have been in the same boat. you know tho that goats are herd animals so this little fellow needs a friend. Part of his problem could also be stress from being ALONE
     
  7. crittermom

    crittermom New Member

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    We are working on that but I want him well before adding another one who will wind up sick. One sick goat passes on his sickness to the other goat just like kids.