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goat had worms now wont stand

Posted by growernut 4/5 NEBR (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 26, 07 at 14:26

I have a buck, about 2 yrs old, that went off feed and got really skinny. figured it was worms. wormed him, seemed to get better, then about 3 weeks later laid down and would not get up. took him to the vet. still had worms, wormed again, gave him some other stuff, said blood count was low. took him home 4 days later, that was all three weeks ago. he still wont get up and walk. he will stand if you help him, but thats it. else he drags himself to food, water, etc. any thoughts on what to do to help him out?

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RE: goat had worms now wont stand

That has me stumped,could he have had a bad reaction to the wormer? Sherry

RE: goat had worms now wont stand

Build a sling and put him in it, so his feet touch the ground, but not his full weight.

When animals go down, it seems that after a day or two they probably never will get up. The muscles just get weak or something. Have heard of putting them in slings so they only put part of their weight on their feet and get some excercise to strengthen the muscles again.

Don't know if this will work, but have heard it suggested. I always try to get downed sheep back on their feet as quickly as I can, and the sooner it happens the better the survival rate.

The key would be to flex and excercise the legs to get them back in shape.

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