Homestead Barn Hop
It has been just over a month of goat ownership. It has been a very crazy month! Goats are difficult, ornery, and perplexing! I figured it was time you guys to see some new photos and get an update of sorts. The last week, maybe two, we've gotten to a new healthy normal. Everyone is eating, pooping, and playing normally! They love to play fight, and butt heads. They will be headed to the farm to live their days outdoors by the end of this month! Their first two weeks were VERY difficult and stressful.
We had problems with the dark one, Juniper, from the beginning. She refused a bottle, and for awhile was eating a mere 6 or so ounces a day. She ground her teeth which is a goat sign of pain and discomfort. She tried to eat everything, and was obviously hungry but still would not eat. She got a runny nose, and started coughing. This is a very serious things for goats as they can get pneumonia easily. We did a course of antibiotics. It was the first time my husband or I ever bought and administered antibiotics. We had to give them with a needle, subq (or under the skin). She seemed to get better, although she was still not eating well. One morning we woke up and her nose was completely covered in green snot and boogers. We went to the vet and each got a large dose of antibiotics. We tried a nipple that most goats don't like, and she started drinking her bottle like a pig.
The white one, still unnamed, struggled with diarrhea. Never good to see in any baby animal! I ended up shaving her back end because the clean up was never ending! (A tip for anyone struggling would be to also try vaseline on their tails and legs) She ate extremely well, but I was scared she was eating too much. I cut back her bottles, but still had diarrhea problems. I ended up treating for Cocci, which can kill kids and cause problems in adult goats (and other animals). We treated Di-Methox 40% injectable, orally. 1 cc for the first dose, and 1/2 cc once a day for 5 days. Eventually her diarrhea stopped...I've never been so happy to see pellet poop in all my life. Not too many days later she ate one morning like usual, only to refuse her second bottle. This was completely unlike her. She was lethargic, slow, and not herself. I thought she may be a bit bloated at first but upon feeling her realized her "belly button" was swollen to a ping pong sized knot. Thanks to the help of a forum I was advised it was navel ill/joint ill, and to start treatment with antibiotics immediately. It's when bacteria travels up the umbilical cord and gets infected. The bacteria settles in the joints and causes lifelong arthritis and lameness. Thankfully this was just a day after the vet gave a large antibiotic shot, and we continued with antibiotics for 5 days. We also picked and pulled the scab on her "belly button" off and let the pus drain, and dipped it in iodine. She recovered with no noticeable problems.
The last week, maybe two, we've gotten to a new healthy normal. Everyone is eating, pooping, and playing normally! They love to play fight, and butt heads. They will be headed to the farm to live their days outdoors by the end of this month!
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