Pygmy Kid Diarrhea

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mangled, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    We took in a pygmy doe 8 weeks ago on a rescue type basis, and after determining her healthy, released her with our other two does.

    Imagine my surprise to go out to the barn and find her with 2 adorable kids yesterday morning.

    The kids seem healthy, they're up and moving around, eating well, etc., but the smallest kid, a doe, is having diarrhea issues. I've googled it and see that it is called scours, but I really have no experience dealing with things like this. I knew she was fat, but had no idea she was pregnant.

    I see some websites say to watch it and see if it passes, while others say to pull the kid and feed electrolyte formula until the scours have subsided.

    I really don't want to lose this little baby, and I'm just looking for advice, I guess. Anyone out there with more experience than me who could give me some ideas, it'd be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Blessings-
    Em
     
  2. LydiaB

    LydiaB Out Of The Brooder

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    scours is usually Cocidia. You need to worm her. Slippery elm root powder would stop the diahrea if you have it. The sooner you help her the better. Fir Meadow LLC sells a good herbal wormer. I would not pull the kid, the best thing for her is her mom's milk.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Give her Pepto Bismol at the same rate you'd give a human, and forget about "herbal" cures for anything if you want her to survive.

    She needs to be nursing as long as possible, so unless you plan on milking the goat, do NOT start giving her anything from a bottle
     
  4. LydiaB

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    Pepto Bismal will mess up the Ph of her rumen. It could kill her.
     
  5. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    The kid is a newborn. Coccidia needs three weeks, minimum, to complete its lifecycle. So scours in a newborn kid are almost exclusively bacterial. And worming doesn't treat coccidia. Coccidiosis is caused by a protozoan, not a parasitic worm. Treating for worming won't kill coccidia, and likewise, treating for coccidia doesn't kill worms.

    It was determined on backyard herds just had the normal colostrum poops that newborns often get.
     
  7. LydiaB

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    GI soother is an herbal wormer that also works for Coccidia. Normal wormers wouldn't work, but herbal wormers would.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

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    Quote:
    You can fix Ph later
    She will die of dehydration if you don't stop the scours ASAP

     

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