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We have raised show goats for 40 years - Alpines and Nubians - Of the four goats in question, they have all been Alpines - Strange - We do not vaccinate - we deworm twice a year using panacur and Ivermectin -
The first symptom is noticing the lost of weight and animal getting thin and then it is a short time to the end.
THe goats are treated with penicillin - injected intravenous medication. They respond to nothing as yet. Blood tests were done on one to determine condition (health) and all came back regular - kidney etc.
Also so far animals involved were all top notch and the best of the herd.
It is very sad to not being able to do anything.
three were two year olds and one was 4 years of age - all females = again strange that only Alpines involved and no Nubians.
No abscesses are involved.
No necropsy were done - cost here would be real high with no definitive answers unloess done immediately. In this area most vets are shying away from large animals (goats are large animals by their descriptions). A farm call is two hundred to arrive at the farm and then charged by the minute with adding cost of medications etc. etc. So , at some point one has to determine whether the results are worth it.
Loss of weigth is difficult until one notices that it has happened and then within 2-3 weeks at most, it's over. Unfortunately fever is not taken here.
No fecal exams have been done as the animals tend to be on the fat side due to being fed second crop hay and as much grain as they will eat.
We have brought in a couple of buck kids in the past three years to improve genetics. Some have been tested for johnes with negative results.