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My 1 week old boer goat buck is unable to stand on front legs.

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My 1 week old boer goat buck is unable to stand on front legs. At about 3 -4 days old he starting holding up his back leg. the next day i found him laying down and unable to stand up with out help and he kind of flopped his legs out. I gave him 1 cc of BOSE at 24 hours of age. I gave him another .5 cc when I tried to get him up. Today I gave him nuflor and another .5 cc of BOSE. He is starting to breath hard and getting raspy. he is still trying to nurse as long as mom will hold still. We have them in a small jug stall so he is warm and dry. he has a twin who is doing fine.


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Good Morning and welcome to Just answer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am so sorry to hear about your little guy. This certainly may be due to white muscle disease or encephalitis which involves the central nervous system. The BOSE has been given and ones that have this will respond after first injection but may require 2. Since you have given 3, this may not be the cause and may involve the central nervous system. In this case, all you can do is continue with the Nuflor and give supportive care. This involves electrolytes given every 4-6 hrs and milk force fed every 4-6 hrs. It is good to continue trying to get him up. This raspy sound you here is most likely a secondary pneumonia due to the stress and suppressed immune system of this poor little guy.

I would also recommend giving Thiamine injections just to cover your bases. This is all you can do. At this point, the prognosis for your little guy is not good. Their immune system is so immature that he may not be able to fight this off but all you can do is try. This may have been caused by not enough colostrum after birth or white muscle disease. This can only be determined by testing.

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