goat kid with scours

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mandolinmama, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Urbana Missouri
    Okay my nubian buckling is 12 days old now. He had normal stool when I brought him home, but since then he's had the scours. The original owner had him on kid replacer, but after reading so many bad things about kid replacer, I have moved him onto whole milk. Maybe I'm feeding him too much.... I don't know. He was getting 20 or so ounced 2 times a day and I've got him on 10 ounces (ish) 4 times a day now.
    He acts just fine and is a lively little guy. When should I worry? Is there anything I can do? Obviously, if it continues, I will take him into the vet. Ideas?

  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    UGH! i wish had some advice to give you! i know that scours in a baby isnt good...heres a bump up for the others to help..[​IMG]
  3. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Urbana Missouri
    Thanks Redhen. [​IMG]
    I just don't know how worried I should be if he's acting just fine. Someone told me that i can offer him some human OTC meds in his bottle like pepto or immodium.
    I just don't know what to do. He's such a sweetheart.
  4. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Pedialyte (I buy the wal-mart brand) and probios will help. Sudden adjustments in the food will cause scours. They were feeding it way too much at one time.
  5. mandolinmama

    mandolinmama Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Urbana Missouri
    Quote:See, that's what I thought. THat's why I modified his feedings. In nature, he wouldn't drink 20 ounces from his mama at one feeding. [​IMG] He's already feeling alone enough without his "birth" mother. I just figured it would be better to try and mimic what his "mama" would do for him and give him smaller more frequent meals.
    I never want to have so many animals that I make their lifestyle fit mine. It should be the other way around. [​IMG]

  6. Goattalker

    Goattalker Songster

    Mar 19, 2009
    Yep, smaller meals, more often, and he should be fine in 24 hours. If he was here I wouldn't treat him with anything unless he had more symptoms.
  7. mekasmom

    mekasmom Songster

    Dec 9, 2008
    If it were my goat kid, I would give him some plain yogurt in the milk a few times and a shot of PennG. The yogurt will add some good bacteria to the rumen while the PG will overcome any infection if that is the issue.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  8. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I agree with Goat Talker and I also add a pinch of baking soda to the first bottle of the day...maybe his tummy is a little upset. If the scours are yellow he is doing good. Mine did this as they were being fed 2 times a day before I got them and I moved them to 3 and 2 got the trots and it didnt take to long for it to stop. If you can find it Diaque is wonderful for the scours and keeps them hydrated. You can order it if you cant find it thru Jeffers I believe. Great stuff and he should get better soome with the milk instead of replacer.
  9. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Songster

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    a couple ml's of cd antitoxin orally and some vit b orally may help also

  10. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    When I switched from replacer to whole milk I was told to add 2 - 2.5 cc's of pepto to the bottle to ease the transition. I also took a sample to the vet to check for cocci, which was negative.

    Mine are getting 6-7 oz 4x a day, they are nigerians. I've gotten so much conflicting info it's hard to decifer what one should do. [​IMG] Mine still has alittle diarrhea, starts out fine and then gets kinda runny. Today I will give the cd antitoxin and worm them. They are 3 weeks old.

    Good luck with your little goat [​IMG]

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