Lauren Dixon wrote:This one was a half-sister to the other baby that we lost, this one being the result of a mother/son breeding. This one, unlike the first baby, seemed perfectly healthy for the first three or four days. She was nursing, and walking around a lot, then suddenly went downhill. The first symptom was extreme muscle weakness, like a little wet rag, and then a tremendous drop in body temperature. Her basal temp was down to 98 F even when she was in the house, wrapped up, with a hairdryer on her. What a nightmare!
After doing a necropsy, I have been thinking that her rumen got so big that it pressed into her lungs and suffocated her. As she died, she began gasping for breath, and stopped breathing about 1-2 minutes before her heart stopped. Would a quick stomach tubing have released the pressure and solved this, like it would a simple case of bloat in any other animal? When I picked her up and shook her, she had the classic floppy kid symptom of the sound of sloshing in her belly, and when I did the necropsy, I found that her rumen was mostly full of air, with some spoiled milk in there as well. This seems strange, as I was certain goats could burp! Just wanting to figure out what I was seeing.