I Need Help! Scouring Goat Kid????

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by TheHappyHen21, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I have 3 female Pygmy girls, 3 months old. They are usually in there own pen where there fed hay and fresh water. (No grass in pen). Well the other day I tied two of them out for a little grass. only about 25 minutes each. 2 days later I noticed those two I let out had log like poop, no lumpy poop in it just log like. OMGGGG what did I do? So I gave them Nutri drench case they were feeling low, gave them fresh hay. Looked like it started to clear up. Today I go out there, thinking I got it taken care of and Bam. My little Rose is having bad Diarrhea.... Her but is a little poopy, and theres diarrhea spots on the ground. Only she has it now. SO, I went inside, mixed up some Goat Electrolytes, and let her drink some but she didn't want to after a while so I made her. I washed her bum area and them left as I have to work. Anything else I can do?


    Im thinking of worming them. What else todo? giving more electrolytes when I get home.
     
  2. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try worming first. Have you checked the gum tissue around their teeth to see if it's pink or pale?
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely cut back to just hay and water. It could be a simple stomach upset, or could be more. Hay is the best food to give when a goat is scouring, it doesn't aggravate their digestive system. With scours, hydration is critical.

    Have they ever been given a coccidia treatment and/or preventative? When was that? That is a big cause of scours in kids and will not be treated with a worming. They're not the same pathogen. Coccidiosis is a killer of kids and presents with scours. If they've never been on a preventative for it, I'd be concerned that that could be the cause of their scours. All goats have coccidia in their guts. Kids pick it up from the environment. Healthy adults can handle the protozoan and keep numbers in check. Kids and sick adults cannot, and it can result in intestinal damage when numbers bloom.
    This article explains it better, btw.

    Before you worm, get a fecal check done. So catch a poo sample to bring to a vet. Have them look for worms and for coccidia (two different things).

    Try and keep her hydrated! But forcing her to drink will stress her out. Do you know how to check to see if a goat is hydrated by checking for skin tenting?
     
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  4. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

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    Stacykins is right. In that age kid coccidiosis is the most likely culprit.
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    if they aren't used to eating fresh grass it can give them loose poop, mine will make logs during summer on pasture as opposed to pellets, it best to slowly introduce them to eating grass, put them back on grass hay and see if it helps, than make all dietary changes slowly in goats.
     
  6. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have had there CD&T, there poop is very wet and they are drinking water and electrolytes well. they hay I had is crappy and ran out today and im getting better hay tomorrow. there butts are poopy so I keep washing them. there still acting the same? loud, pushy and happy? I keep changing bedding as it gets poopy. like I said I only give them hay and water and they had no signs of diarrhea until after those two had grass. very distressed, hope it goes away :(
     
  7. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you treated for coccidia as Stacykins suggested? That is a big cause of scouring in kids. I personally use Corid because it's something I can actually get reliably but there are other things; you do have to weigh them to be sure the dosage is correct. You can also put it in the water, depending on the type you get. Be sure to follow directions.

    Hope they are better soon. It's encouraging that they are not acting sick. Hopefully this will pass and they will be back to their normal goaty selves.
     
  8. MadamPoofyBrow

    MadamPoofyBrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would take some poo to the vet to be sure, but my goats had log poo when they're eating lots of grass in the summer. Then when the grass dies and they go back to mostly hay, they get the little jelly beans poo again. It could be worms of coccidia, so I'd check with a vet. But, it could be perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
     
  9. Stacykins

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    CDT will not prevent coccidia. It is good that they have it though, that is a great vaccine to have on board.

    Since you didn't answer as to if they've ever had a preventative for coccidia (typically every three weeks until kids are 4-6 months old), then I'll assume they've never had it. Which means there is a high probability that they have coccidiosis.

    Zoomie is correct that you must weigh your goats. Since they are small, you can pick them up and weigh yourself and the goat on a human scale. Then weigh yourself, and subtract your weight, you'll then have the goat's weight. For any coccidiosis treatment to be successful, they must be weighed and given the proper dosage of medication. It is best to give them each their medication directly, squirted into the mouth with a syringe with no needle. It'll be a battle, it tastes yucky, but they need the entire dose. There are several medications to choose from Corid is indeed the most common one available. Typical treatments for coccidia take five days of medication given once a day.

    READ the link I gave you on my first respond. And read the link I just gave you on this response.
     
  10. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok vaccinated for Cocci? how do I go about that ? im worried about using CORID so I purchased a bottle of SULMET, Read it works better if its Cocci I do not own a scale at home.. So I give meds once aday? that's what I was wondering, I keep washing there butts too..
     

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