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Some of my goats cough and have runny noses. what is the

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some of my goats cough and have runny noses. what is the best thing to do?
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.Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me: What color is the nasal discharge? Is it from both nostrils?Any fever, weight loss, or scours?Have they been vaccinated or wormed? When? What did they get?Are they on pasture or in a shed?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
both nostrils-clear discharge-haven't checked temp-not vaccinated-wormed 2 weeks ago-cydectin wormer-they are in pasture-with barn to go in at night or if it rains.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you,Now as I am sure you can appreciate, we do have a few concern with these signs. Since they do have outside access, we'd be less worried about environmental triggers but would be wary of parasitic (lungworm resisting the wormer used) or infectious agents. In regards ***** ***** latter, we can see these signs with respiratory viruses (ie adenovirus, Parainfluenza, caprine respiratory syncytial virus, capripoxvirus, etc) but also bacterial (ie pasteurella, mycoplasma, etc) and fungal agents (less common).With this all in mind, our best approach here would be cover these wee ones with a broad spectrum antibiotic (ie Oxytetracycline) to counter any bacterial causes as well as prevent any secondary ones if this is viral. As well, you could consider collecting a few fecal samples from these goats to pool (to keep costs down) and have tested. This way we can ensure there are no resistant lungworm agents present causing their signs despite the worming. And if they are coughing severely, it can help to wet hay and offer a small dose of molasses or honey to just soothe their throats (this ma not be practical for a large herd). Though you could alternatively see if your local farm supply or vet can dispense a combination Oxytetracycline/Flunixin preparation (ie Hexasol) to reduce throat inflammation as we treat any infectious process.Overall, these signs do raise some concerns but with the above approach we can rule out and address our most common culprits and get the herd settled.Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. **Afterwards, I would be grateful if you would rate my service by clicking on the "Rate my Expert' button at the top of the page as this is the only way I am credited for helping you. Thank you for your feedback!: )