treating goat with boogery nose

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by yomama, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Hey all,
    I have an apx 9 - 10yr old Nubian wether, named Koda. He has always had problems. He was a rescue, that came to me years ago, thin, lice infested etc. I have battled everything from severe skin conditions, to arthritis, to poor hair growth that requires him to wear a jacket when the weather gets cold. He has come along way. However, from time to time, he battles with what I have been told is Sinusitis. His only symptom is a very, very boogery nose. Sometimes he gets so crusty, that I literally have to "pick his nose for him" so he can breath. [​IMG] It is especially worse in the winter. I contacted the vet when this first started up, and was told that is was most likely viral and aside from giving Penicilin shots every day, there was really nothing I could do about it. Therefore, I posted my question about a year ago on another goat site, and was told to use Duramyacin - 10 for about a week, at 1tsp per 150lbs. It worked great! However, this time around, all my goats came down with it, (I have 2 other Nubian/Boer wethers and 1 Nubian/Boer doe.) Two with mild symptoms, two with more severe. Koda, of course was one of the more severe. I went ahead and treated everyone, and this time after seven days with no improvement, decided to continue for another 7 days. Everyone seemed to be improving nicely. My doe healed completely. However, a few days after their last treatment, the two other wethers are a little boogery again, and Koda is really boogery. I went ahead and gave him a dose of Selenium with Vitamins E and A and D, a few days ago. I also took a herd stool sample to the vet the other day, and was told they do have a somewhat heavy infestation of round worms. I haven't wormed them yet (waiting to get paid). I will add that everyone is otherwise acting fine, eating drinking, and active. They do all battle various degrees of dry skin, though. They all get a good quality grass hay, twice a day and a livestock blend feed with 14% protein, that I put a couple of TBSs of Canola oil on, once daily. I have started adding Probios to their feed, since everyone just went through 2 weeks of antibiotics, and I believe the antibiotics gave one of my wethers diarrhea. I also have minerals out for them. They get a yearly shot of CDT and BOSE. This is also when I would usually worm them, usually with Panacur. Then I would worm them again in the spring. Since I have heard that goats are having a high resistance to certain wormers, I waited to see what the vet thought. I have decided to worm with Valbazen this time around, since I will be worming my chickens with it too. The vet agreed that this would be fine. My goats are in a very sturdy 3 sided building and I use wood animal bedding pellets. The building is pointing so that it does not get direct wind. I also have a heat lamp out there, for when it gets very cold. I was wondering if anyone else deals with this and what they do. Sorry for the lengthy post, just wanted to include all the details.
    Thanks!
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you ever copper bolus'd Koda? He could have a copper deficiency. Even with a good mineral, they can still be copper deficient. How much copper is in your mineral? I use Sweetlix Meatmaker goat mineral and it has 1750 PPM in it.

    Also, mycoplasma could be your problem. You would want to use Draxxin for that. Luckily, Draxxin is a 7 day antibiotic so you would want to do 2 shots for a 14 day cover period.
     
  3. yomama

    yomama Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks for the response. I will check how much copper is in the minerals I have. I have a sheep in the group, so I have to be careful of how much copper is offered. I can offer something seperate to Koda, if need be. What do you mean by "have I ever copper bolus'd Koda? I will research mycoplasma too, as I am not quite sure what that is.
     

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