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Doe going off feed after birthing. What is treatment

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doe going off feed after birthing. What is treatment
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Now as I am sure you can appreciate, does can go off feed for a range of issues. Therefore, you do need to have a close look at her (any odorus vaginal discharge, all placentas accounted for, any changes to her breathing, diarrhea, etc) and take a rectal temperature at this stage. This will help us gauge what is putting her off feed and help us narrow down causes for these signs.

Otherwise, without narrowing down causes, we'd need to take a supportive care approach. To do so, we'd want to be electrolytes every 4-6 hrs by a dose syringe or turkey baster to be sure she does not become dehydrated. Since depleted resources can cause our does to be poorly and weak after kidding, we may also need to treat her with oral propylene glycol to boost her blood sugar +/- supplement with injectable B vitamins, Bo-Se, and calcium. As well, if she has any diarrhea, you can treat her with Pepto Bismol at 5 ml per 50 pounds of her weight every 8 hrs . Finally, any odor to her vaginal discharge or fever, then we can cover bases with a broad spectrum antibiotic like Penicillin G at 1 ml per 20 pounds of her weight daily. This can be purchased over the counter at the farm supply.

Overall, how to approach this does depend heavily on the signs we are seeing. Therefore, we need to have a good look at your lass and see if we can narrow down the causes for this. Otherwise, we’d want to start the above supportive care to keep her hydrated and keep her blood sugar up. And if this is just a case of her body resources being tapped from her recent kidding, the above can help get her back on track.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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