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Bottle Babies
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Nigerian Dwarfs

« on: November 26, 2017, 08:15:10 PM »

Asking for my good friend who has a somewhat lethargic buck kid, 8 weeks old:
"I don't know what to do with this goat. I can't get him to keep his temp up. He eats grain fine, drinking fine, runny nose is getting better, but I can't keep his temp up. If he's not on a heating pad or by the space heater, his temp is never over 101 . . .and I'm lucky if it gets to that. Right now he 99.5. But he is standing, walking, eating etc. He's slow and a little wobbly when he walks, but he's always been like that. He's been gracing grass during the day."
Any ideas on what may be causing the low temp, or how she may be able to get that temp up where it should be? I appreciate y'all in advance!
Goat Genius
Posts: 9477

« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2017, 08:36:04 PM »

Is she sure the thermometer is working correctly?

Maybe give him some probiotics to increase the bacteria in his gut and aid in digestion. 

Can she put a coat on him to help keep his body heat from escaping?

Vit B complex injection to boost his metabolism.

BOSE injection or Selenium/Vit E gel orally to help muscle and nerve development.

DragonLair Farm and Kennel in Central Maine with Nubians, Lamanchas and Oberhasli. Of course, combinations of 2 or more breeds happens also.
Goat Genius
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 08:56:27 PM »

Sounds like silent pneumonia to me..
1.  A dose of biomycin every other day for 3 doses. Can be given orally.
2.  Probiotic once daily for 8 days
3.  To get the body temp up...mix equal parts..whiskey, black strap molasses, and black coffee.  Give him 2cc's orally...check his body temp every 30 minutes to see if it's coming up...dose again if below 100, every 2 hours.
4. B-complex once daily for 8 days. 2cc's orally is fine.
5. Vet-RX every four hours as needed for snotty nose.  4 drops per nostril.

~ Birdie ~
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