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I have a 2 day...
I have a 2 day old goat. Her mother died last night, on top of her. We have brought her (the baby) into the house. I have warmed her up and have given her so far about 3 oz of cow's milk.
1. She won't stand. In fact she won't move her back legs at all. She seems to respond if I touch her tail. It was cold last night and her limbs were quite... Read full answer
I have a 2 day old goat. Her mother died last night, on top of her. We have brought her (the baby) into the house. I have warmed her up and have given her so far about 3 oz of cow's milk.
1. She won't stand. In fact she won't move her back legs at all. She seems to respond if I touch her tail. It was cold last night and her limbs were quite cool when she was brought in this morning. She is perkier now, but still wont use her back legs. How can I test to see if this is just weakness or if she has a severed or damaged spinal cord. Are there reflexes I can test in her hind quarters?
As well, can she eat cow's milk? Can I supplement it with honey? How about evaporated milk from a can?
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Large Animal Vet: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
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Thank you for your question.

Collapse in a kid this young will most likely be caused by hypoglycemia or hypothermia.
If you are trying to determine if there is damage to the spinal cord, reflexes (like withdrawl) are not going to be useful because these the nature of reflex is that they are done without thought (meaning the 'message' doesn't go to the brain before completing the movement).

That said, you can tell if the kid does have use of her legs by testing her pain sensation. This can be done by pinching the leg hard enough to make her respond by looking at you or vocalizing. You can also do this with a sterile pin or needle. I appreciate it does sound really mean but if she gives you a sign she can feel it then she does have communication between her hind legs and her brain (and thus the spine is intact)

If this is normal, then take her rectal temperature and make sure she is kept warm. You can help supplement her blood sugar if that is low by giving her honey or pancake syrup or even better their are powdered glucose preparation from the feed store that can be made into a solution that you can stomach tube her (and warm glucose this way will be a way to get both her hypo-'s under control.

In regards XXXXX XXXXX for the long term feed, it would be better to purchase goats milk from the store for her. (since it is her species). Its just it will have the right nutrient and fat balance for her and will make her less prone to end up with diarrhea (which is the last thing she needs).

I hope this information is helpful.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
If you have no further questions, I would be grateful if you would press the wee green accept.
Thank you,
Dr. B.


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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

I have been using a 5cc syringe to feed her. She is much warmer now than 2 hours ago when brought in, is awake but sleepy, and is starting to 'mew'. I gave her a pinch but she did not respond to that- not sure if it is because she cannot feel her back legs or if she doesn't care. I will keep feeding her and keeping her warm. What is a normal rectal temp for a goat? How about heart rate?

 

Large Animal Vet: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
The 5cc syringe is just fine.
I am glad she is perking up, and I agree that she if she is hypoglycemic and/or hypothermic then she might not be in the right mindset to acknowledge your wee test. So, do keep supporting her and test once she is more with it.

The normal temperature of a goat is 101.5-103.5°F, but it is below 100°, then that is too cold and she needs warming up. Her heart rate should be 140- 180 at her age.

Best of luck with the wee one.
Take care,
Dr. B.
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

now her temp is 104.3. I think she is a bit tachypnaeic. She bleats but still wont stand. I have given her 10ccs of evaporated milk with a bit of molasses. Not sure what to do now

 

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Large Animal Vet: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
Apologies for being away for your further question, as it was way past my bedtime.

Could you outline your warming technique that she got this warm?

The tachypneia could be due to the overheating, as long as you are sure there wasn't any chance of milk aspiration into the lungs. I do hope that you were able to actively cool her a wee bit to bring that temperature down.

Do let me know how you are doing, it is morning again and I am contactable throughout the day.

Dr. B
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