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Polyanya

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Whats wrong with my goat?
« on: February 12, 2016, 09:27:02 am »
Please help - a couple of days ago I noticed my 10 month old doeling giving an occasional dry cough, she has also been passing logs for a couple of days, as opposed to the hardened berries she usually does and today didn't want to eat her concentrate.  I left her this morning munching on a willow branch. Can anyone advise as to what might be going on?
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goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2016, 09:30:45 am »
I keep goats but not sure - willow good - also ivy is usually tempting.  I would give a good dose of natural yoghurt for the gut - has she eaten anything perhaps she shouldn't?  The cough is a bit odd - just in case she doesn't see it I'd contact Anke on this website - she's a goat ace.

Good luck, always worrying isn't it.
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

Polyanya

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Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 10:01:39 am »
Thank you :) Thought I'd go an offer some bicarb see if she needs it.
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

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Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2016, 10:24:07 am »
When was she last wormed? sloppy droppings are one sign of a worm infestation - so faecal egg count would be my first step. Lungworm may also be a possibility. Your vet may be offering this service? (As in you take in a fresh sample and they do the count for you?)

Has she got a valid pasteurella vaccination? (As in Ovipast in the last 12 months?). Any nasal discharge or damp under her chin?

Does her stomach feel full and tight? No chance she has got into any poultry food?

Temperature? High or low? Normal goat temperature is between 38.6 and 40.6 deg C.

Polyanya

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Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2016, 01:06:37 pm »
Thanks Anke

Right - wormed last October, since then Vermex for 5 days at the beginning of every month - she doesn't share any pasture with any other livestock.  I wouldn't say her stools are sloppy just soft but formed. I will take in a stool sample. I am a bit paranoid about resistance to worming meds.

The breeder hasn't vaccinated any of her goats or kids, says theres no need in Shetland? No discharge anywhere.
She's the wild one and wont be touched unless cornered (which we did this weekend to put on her new collar), she is taking a few raisins from my hand this morning. I will catch her again to feel her abdomen. Presumably I would need to take an anal thermometer reading for temperature?

No chance of eating anything like poultry feed but she did eat a blackcurrant branch at the weekend but so did the others and they have had access to our own haylage this last month but always with available hay.
I'll ask the vet about lungworm.

Thank you so much,
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

www.thecreativecroft.co.uk

verdifish

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • banffshire
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2016, 02:02:58 pm »
I would vaccinate and worm using something other than vermex. ! ????????????

Polyanya

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Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2016, 02:26:05 pm »
Well why? Surely if there is no safe goat wormer its better to use a prophylactic? I mean isn't that why folk give garlic and oregano etc etc. People have kept livestock for centuries before the inception of the big drug companies and used whatever natural methods of prevention they could. Aren't you at all worried that there are fewer and fewer wormers that are effective?  Please understand I'm not trying to be provocative at all just questioning the over-reliance on the chemicals.
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

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verdifish

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Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2016, 03:45:18 pm »
Vermex is basically just a tonic, ie it has no active ingredients that will kill and flush worms.  If your goats came to you with a worm burden you are doing nothing to a worm burden with vermex, other than potentially covering one up.  As for vaccinations.  Don't believe everything your told.  As for no safe wormer for goats it's all relative.  And I think " no safe" is very strong when the fact is there are " non licenced" this doesn't mean unsafe.it just means the drug companies can't be bothered to do any testing on goats as there is little finacial return for them.

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2016, 04:22:36 pm »
A faecal worm egg count will give you some idea of her current status - if she has worms there is no choice but to use a chemical wormer. Preferably an ivermectin (like Oramec) or a Levamisole one. Oral administration preferable in goats. Ivermectin at 2x sheep dose rate, Levamisole at 1.5x sheep dose. Either your vet or a sheep farming neighbour will have them. Then a 2nd worm egg count a few days post-worming will give you an idea of resistance.

Re vaccination - clostridial bacteria will almost certainly be present where you are, these live in the soil.... I would strongly recommend vaccinating with Lambivac (2 x2ml initial dose, 4 weeks apart, under the skin) - against enterotoxaemia and tetanus mainly, and probably also separately Ovipast (same as Lambivac, just preferably not on the same day/same injection site) - against pasteurella. Maintenance dose is is 2ml every 6 months Lambivac, annually for Ovipast. This is different to the sheep regime, but as always - you have to do your own risk assessment/cost analysis.

Taking a goats temperature - use digital human thermometer, rectal temp, easier if someone else is holding the goat. Only take a couple of minutes.

Do you have fluke where you are?

pharnorth

  • Joined Nov 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2016, 07:24:39 pm »
I don't follow the logic of being concerned that there are 'fewer and fewer' wormers  that are effective so instead you use substantially less effective vaguely prophylactics.  Wormers are effective if they are used effectively. That is, backed up by worm counts so you are not using them inappropriately.

And drug companies can't test everything for everything it simply is not cost effective there is only so much money in the drug development budget and time to do studies and it is better spent on looking for a new class of wormers for example than adding every species under the sun to the cast of tested animals. Any good Vet can make a judgement based on the info available about what is and isn't suitable but regulations prevent adding a species to the product info unless the right studies have been done in full.

Talana

  • Joined Mar 2014
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2016, 08:15:13 pm »
I agree with what others have said.
Vaccination is important I do know sheep farmers in Shetland who's sheep are on the heptivac p system. I would discuss with your own vet a health plan for what's best for your goats health with their knowledge of diseases in the local area. I know some who has goats in Orkney and they had to vaccinate their goats with a different vaccine (not lambivac or ovivac heptivac can't remember the name) which is the only one that covers the disease that was killing their goats. Goats will have some worms which is fine but when theres a lot that's when problems, if in the same pasture all the time worms /fluke will multiply. Pasture rotation with different species say ponys  can help as don't share the same worms as with field rotation/ cutting. Although fluke needs strategic worming as affects all species, habitat management helps.                 
 My OH took lambs to slaughterhouse, there was some organic lambs there, my OH remarked to the man you won't have any injection sites with them. The man said you'd be surprised a good lot of them have a lot more injection sites. Ours have 2- ovivac p first dose 2nd dose. There is so many things that can go wrong with animals I' rather do what I can to prevent any ill health.
 Our vet does a free worm count pre and post worming if you buy the wormer from them, if they are unsure of dose they phone goat veterinary society. Herbal remedies don't always work. Find out with worm count and vet advice. I would also recommend vaccinating. As for cough if not lungworm maybe your kid has a cold goats do get them. If not worms maybes just eaten too much of something and will be back to normal soon, yogurt or rumen stuff from vet can help.
 Hope your goats will be fine, they don't half worry you at times.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2016, 09:17:56 pm by Talana »

Polyanya

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Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2016, 08:55:07 am »
Thank you everyone for your valuable input I am calling out the vet this morning as she has developed a runny nose and is still refusing the hard feed but wanting to eat a willow branch.

As for chemical worming I did say all the goats were wormed (chemically) in October then came to me the next day to fresh pasture, although I didn't let them out outside for three weeks. As they were clean I wanted to use the Vermex on a monthly basis and then do a worm count in the spring and assuming the worm was low a following worm count the following autumn. I am not an idiot (trained nurse in fact) and I drench my sheep for worms and fluke a couple of times a year, again following worm counts. I also don't run to the doctor the minute I sneeze and have faith that the body (whosever it is) is designed to heal itself and as I run my croft on organic principles I do turn to natural methods of treating illness wherever possible.

I will discuss vaccination with the vet to see what he recommends for my area. Thanks again.
In the depths of winter, I found there was in me an invincible summer - Camus

www.thecreativecroft.co.uk

Anke

  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2016, 10:34:30 am »
Keep giving her willow or any other branches you can find - it keeps her occupied and her rumen going until you can find out what is wrong. Carrots/apples/bananas? Have you got something like readigrass -often they will still eat this if nothing else. Mine also quite often will still eat some rolled oats and/or flaked maize. Soaked warm sugar beet shreds with a drizzle of olive oil on is also liked.

Hope she picks up.

goosepimple

  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2016, 12:43:21 pm »
my girls guzzling the readigrass just now...
registered soay, castlemilk moorit  and north ronaldsay sheep, pygmy goats, steinbacher geese, muscovy ducks, various hens, lots of visiting mallards, a naughty border collie, a puss and a couple of guinea pigs

pharnorth

  • Joined Nov 2013
  • Cambridgeshire
Re: Whats wrong with my goat?
« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2016, 07:48:44 pm »
Hope all goes well. Let us know what happens.

 

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