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Hi, this is Dr. Katie. How long has it been since you have seen him urinate?
It sound like this could be a urethral obstruction, meaning that he is unable to urinate. This is a medical emergency. Wethers can develop urinary stones that become lodged at the tip of the penis. This blocks any urine from escaping the bladder. This causes damage to the kidneys and toxins build up in the body. He needs the obstruction relieved as soon as possible or he could die.
If you haven't seen him urinate in more than 12 hours and he keeps posturing with his legs wide and tensing up his abdomen like he is heaving, I would be most concerned about urinary blockage. I would say that a bloat is possible, but based on the information you have provided, I would be most concerned about urinary blockage.
What kind of diet is he on?
Diets that have a large amount of grain and low amount of roughage (hay), can predispose goats and sheep to forming bladder stones. When the animal tries to urinate, the stone gets stuck at the tip of the penis (the narrowest point).
Other symptoms would be tail flagging, looking at his side (painful abdomen), lethargy, lack of appetite, swollen abdomen.
Based on his posturing and described behavior, I am still concerned about his urination. If he does not urinate, he will likely die. Once an animal goes more than 12 hours without urinating, veterinarians become concerned. Please pay attention to his urination habits. If he does not urinate in the next 2-3 hours and continues to posture stretched out as described, I would have him checked by veterinarian.
Best wishes! Hope your wether is doing better soon!
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