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Is Emma bright in her self?
Is she eating and drinking normally?
Is there any diarrhoea?
Has Emma been vaccinated?
Are her legs stiff or floppy?
Kind regards XXXXX XXXXX
One of the goats has diarrehea, but we don't know which one. She seems to be doing better today. She is eating and drinking normally. Could it be from wet grain? The bag got wet and my Father didn't realize it until he had fed them all.
The feeding of wet grain shouldn't have produced symptoms of being unable to rise. Although feeding wet grain or hay can cause its own set of problems.
One thing to check would be the selenium status of your land. A condition that causes goats to go down, whilst being otherwise bright is white muscle disease. This is caused by a selenium and vitamin E deficiency.
Treatment is with selenium and vitamin E injection. Not more than 2 doses should be given 24 hours apart.
I'll link you to a site which gives disease information by symptom.
Continue with your nursing care. Make sure that she is sat upright, so that she does not become bloated. Make sure she is on a soft comfortable bed and that you turn her and massage her legs frequently.
If she does not improve in a couple of days you will need to get your vet to examine her and carry out further tests to determine what the problem might be and carry out appropriate treatment.
I hope this information has helped. Kind regards XXXXX XXXXX