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help! sick goat with difficulty pooping, frequent urination, and swollen glands

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Chairca, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Chairca

    Chairca New Egg

    Mar 10, 2013
    Currently housing a Nigerian dwarf buck for a friend of mine who found him dumped in the barn on his cow farm. Know nothing about its history, our guess would be as we live in the sticks with only hobby goat farms with usually closed herds, that someone bought it as a pet and decided it was too much work, escape artist that he is. Problem is he's got some medical issues hoping I can get some ideas of what it might be as no one thing matches his symptoms with my research, First thing I noticed was him blatting and pushing like he needed to poop but couldn't, he'll push couple of buttons out with stringy diarrhea attached thought might have had upset tummy due to whatever trauma he'd been thru or change of feed or worms (treated him for worms), Next thing I noticed a week later was he dribbles urine when he walks and never takes a full blown pee (thought urinary calculi), 3rd his thyroid glands are swollen. He's alert and extremely active, he eats and drinks normally like my other two goats, so his activity level throws me off. I've thought worms, bloat, urinary calculi, and possibly the worst I know of, CL. Any other thoughts?

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2013
    If this is a billy goat they will do the lippy peeing thing cause they are billy goats. Call your local large animal vet for proper advice and treatment. I would not delay. They can offer the best solution. Most likely needs more than home remedies. I raised goats for 4 H years ago.
  3. nok13

    nok13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2012
    hows his rumen action? he might need more roughage; secondly, here in israel, there is a special feed only for bucks exactly because of that urinary thing... but if he's not working, then no need for pellets or grains for that matter; increase roughage, either way it will help with both constipation and diahrea; give him a tablespoon full of bio active yougurt, (if he will eat it, olet hm lick it, if not, then just pop some in his mouth, he'll swallow); worm again, (ivermec injection not oral, works better)...

    thyroid glands? hmm, never ran in to that one; the dribbling pee can also be the urinary stones too; i think this one is a definate vet check ;

    hows his weight? also, check his testes; i had a buck that used to leap any fence anywhere, in the end, he fell on his balls or banged them up when going over , causing injury which led to infection and eventually after months of heart break/antibiotics, neutering, and any other treatment possible, he died. from septicemia as the infection spread up the tubes leading from the testes, leached in to his blood
    .. the vet told me that is a common problem among the 'escapee' type bucks that jump. they damage their testes with the impact (maybe hitting the edge of a fence), he was a huge cyprion red fellow, my first love (of a buck goat)/so put your hand down there, and check them: swollen, cold/hot more then normal, change in colour, pain, etc. (you might need two for that particular check). also for the dribbling, can u see if there is blood in the urine? are there secretions other then that? green/infectios looking stuff around the sheath?
    is he doing the lippy/peeing style of activity? if yes, then the dribbles can be normal, some bucks are like that. but if not, and if he is straining then it sound slike something else.
  4. Chairca

    Chairca New Egg

    Mar 10, 2013
    Local livestock Vet (1.5hrs away) seems to think its likely urinary calculi. Ammonium chloride is on its way. Keeping fingers crossed this will do the trick.

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