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I have a 2yr old wether My 2yr old wether has been sick 5

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i have a 2yr old wether
My 2yr old wether has been sick for about 5 days. He's been off his grain, but will eat small amounts of cereal. As far as I know, he has not stood up for 3 days now and struggles to change his position. His gums and tongue are not bright pink, but are starting to become pale. We thoroughly cleaned his hooves, thinking maybe ice had formed as we've had below freezing temps for at least 2 weeks. I have antibiotics(Liquamycin LA200) as well as probiotic available. This is my first experience with a sick goat. any advice is appreciated! Thank you, Nancy
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Linda replied 1 year ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Linda. I am sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I only just came online so I hope I can still be of help.

There are way too many reasons for Clyde's illness to try & diagnose him without a hand's on exam, but there are a few things you can do if a veterinary examination is out of the question.

The first thing is to deworm him. Valbazene (albendazole) is one of the best ones, but if Clyde has never been dewormed, you can also try SafeGuard (fenbendazole). Before deworming, bag up a sample of his stool & have your veterinarian do a fecal exam looking for other parasites, especially coccidia.

A dose of LA200 would not be a bad idea, start with a dose of 10 mg/kg ( approx. 2.2 ml/100pounds ) under the skin every 48-72 hours. Use your probiotic as labeled & consider using an electrolyte & energy drench such as BounceBack.

Make sure he is well bedded & out of any drafts. If you do not see any improvement in the next 48-72 hours, please contact your veterinarian. He may require more intensive treatment or medications than what is available in the feed stores.

I hope this makes sense & at least gives you a start in trying to help Clyde. He has already been sick for 5 days, so hopefully you can get him turned around.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you.

Expert:  Dr Linda replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Clyde. How is everything going?
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