I'm hoping someone can give some advice...I have two hand reared goats 6 months old. they have gotten into their pellets and helped them selves. I have stopped feeding them everything but straw and yesterday I offered them baking soda but they weren't real interested (they had a tiny bit) and fed them 200ml of warm water in a bottle. I've also been rubbing their bellys to try an help with any discomfort. they had a bit of scours but seems to be getting better now. They are eating little bits and grazing on mostly bark and there tummys still look full, other than that they are just acting abit quiet and sooky. My partner thinks I worry about them too much. Which is true but their my babies. Should I just keep doing what I'm doing and keep a close eye on them? How Long should it take for them to feel better? Thanks
How are they doing today?
Sounds like your girls will be okay, but it sure is scary when this kind of thing happens. There's nothing wrong with being worried. It is better to be worried and helping them only to find out later it was nothing, then to ignore it and find out later it was fatal. I'm confident your goats appreciate the extra attention.
backyardheards.com is one of my favourite resources for urgent livestock advice. They have a section for medical emergencies and they are very quick to help.
For this kind of thing, I feed my goat/sheep hay (not straw - I hope that was a mistype), make certain they have lots of access to clean water, cut out the grain entirely for a few days. If they nibble on the hay, can pee and poop, then I feel fairly confident they will get through it okay, but still check on them every 2 to 4 hours, massage their belly, that kind of thing. They usually take two to four days to get over most of the symptoms.
One of the best things for them is to walk around, this helps to normalise their digestion. Once they can't walk anymore, then I know we're in serious trouble.
Another thing that might come from this is that the hooves might grow differently over the next few weeks. Keep a close eye on them and give them a trim as needed to keep them the right shape.
Thank you R Ranson for the reply they are much happier this morning. They've got their appetites back. They are weened but I'll keep giving them water in their bottles to make sure they're hydrated. And keep them off pellets for a while phew, thank you.
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