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My Billie goat can't pee, Don't know just seen yesterday he

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My Billie goat can't pee
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the goat?
Customer: Don't know just seen yesterday he is string to pee
JA: Where does the goat seem to hurt?
Customer: Looks like his pens it also looks swollen
JA: What is the goat's name and age?
Customer: Billie and about 18 month old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Billie?
Customer: He got into some horse feed
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Large Animal Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months 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 the problem here is that we have 2 potential emergency situations. This is because overeating horse feed could lead to severe bloat but straining to urinate raises worries of urinary blockage. Therefore, you need to tread with great care here. And I have to say that if he cannot pass urine; then it would be prudent to get your vet out now. The reason is because urinary blockages are an absolute emergency for male goats and cannot be treated with home care (since they need to be unblocked before his bladder ruptures). So, if you have any suspicion that he is not passing urine or cannot pass urine; then we'd need him seen as quickly as possible.

Otherwise, if you did suspect GI bloat, then there are some steps you can take to reduce gas build up (which will be stretching the stomach to cause pain). First, the ideal treatment would be to pass a stomach tube just now. If you have one on hand and are familiar with doing this, then you can do this at home. If you are unsure how to do so, then again would be better done by your local vet (since misplacing the tube into the lungs could be fatal). Be aware when you place the tube, you may need a mouth gag or you can thread a thick roll of duct tape over the tube and prevent him from biting through it. Once the tube is in the stomach it will allow the gas to escape and you can deflate the stomach. As well, we often will then treat by stomach tubing mineral oil (1-2 qts) to neutralize the bacteria causing the gas and prevent recurrence of gas build up. Or if you couldn't tube to give the oil, you can drench it instead.

Overall, these are the 2 main issues we'd be worried about with the signs you are seeing. Both will cause distension of their respective organ and that is what makes them painful. So, this is an emergency situation. And we need to identify which is present so we can keep him from succumbing to this.

Please take care,

Dr. B.