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Good evening, Doctor....had a storm...lost connection....apologies.
Moxy is 15 months old and has always been healthy.
Moxy delivered one kid, which is still nursing, although she seems to be trying to wean her. Moxy had no problem with the birth and has been fine to this point.
The goats eat grass and leaves, supplemented with limited amounts of goat feed and hay. We've not changed her diet, housing, water or anything. No diarrhea that we've seen, but she seems a little messy in the back end. No coughing, her eyes seem glassy but not watery. She has lost weight and looks drawn but we thought that was due to nursing. Moxy seems lethargic and seems to be sensitive to light. She is not vocalizing. She is eating if we hand feed her, but not much. She did go for the mineral/salt block when offered.
We used Safe-guard dewormer for goats about 24 hours ago, hoping it would perk her up. We have isolated her from the herd for now, just as a precaution. We've not taken her temperature....to be honest, we've never tried that on any of our goats, and are not really sure how to do it.
There are a total of nine goats. We have a three year old (?) male,Billy(not certain of his age - he was given to us about 9 months ago), a 30 month old female (Sasha), a 27 month old female(Sheba) (we got them from the same herd as kids), a 16 month old male(Mutton- Sasha's kid), Moxy and her twin sister Roxy (Sheba's kids). Moxy's kid was born June 1 (female) Sheba delivered a female kid on June 18, and Roxy delivered a male on July 1. None of the other goats are showing any symptoms or signs of distress, including the kids.
Hope this helps. Thank you for your prompt response.
Thank you, Doctor. we will have her tested tomorrow.
Thanks again for your assistance.
Hi Dan, Sadly, while waiting for the test results, we lost Moxy. She passed away yesterday morning. We still aren't sure what caused her to become ill, but as of now, the others in the herd, including Moxy's kid, seem to be OK. Keeping an eye on them all for any symptoms. Bittersweet (Moxy's kid) is 11 weeks old and is eating solids so we're hoping she's old enough to be weaned? She seems to be doing OK, not crying for her mother or anything....she just sort of blended in with the others. Thanks for your help, Janet