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Hi! I have an almost two week old pygmy goat doe who cannot

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Hi! I have an almost two week old pygmy goat doe who cannot get up on her hind legs. She has a rectal temp of 102.6 and I gave her 1ml of BoSe this morning. Her breathing is pretty labored and she pants alot as well as bleats when she tries to stand up. Any suggestions? :/
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question.

I have a few questions for you.

How many days had she had her hind leg problem?

Is she eating and drinking normally?

Are her bowel movements normal?

Do you see any cloudy nasal discharge?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I got her yesterday from a friend. Apprently she has had the problem since birth, nurse fine from mama in the beginning but then slowly got weaker until they decided to remove her from her mom because she obviously wasn't getting enough. She nurses from a bottle great! Haven't had a problem at all there. She has round hard stools and is peeing just fine. She did have cloudy nasal discharge yesterday but not much. Today it is much clearer. I'm just trying to figure out if I can help her out. Poor thing is a sweetheart and tries SO hard to get up but just struggles all while breathing hard and panting. It's almost like it hurts her to try to get up.

Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 4 years ago.
Does she breathe hard and pant all the time or only when she tries to rise?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Only when she tries to rise

Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 4 years ago.


Her temperature is normal, she nurses well and her breathing becomes labored only when she struggles to rise. This rules out a respiratory infection.

Selenium deficiency is always a possibility in kids with muscle problems. The BO-SE you have given addresses the possible selenium problem.

There is a possibility that she has inflammation or swelling around the nerves of her hind limbs. This could have occured during her birth. An injection of the antiinflammatory drug flunixin (Banamine or Prevail) may be helpful in this case. One mL per 10 pounds once daily for three days may be helpful.



Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 4 years ago.

I'm sorry that you have rated my service as poor.

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Expert:  Dr. Todd replied 4 years ago.
Hi Avery,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Sugar. How is everything going?

Dr. Todd