for people who love the littlest dairy goats
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Pneumonia often has no outward symptoms at all. I do hope your doe is okay. I would have started her on antibiotics with a fever that high.
Pneumonia is usually caused by poor air quality because people keep their goats indoors too much. The best thing for them is to get plenty of fresh air, so unless it is raining or snowing, my goats are outside every day. They only spend the night in the barn, and the big barn door is always open unless there is a blizzard. (I just don't want my barn filling up with blowing snow.)
I did go ahead and start her on penicillin. 12 hours after the first shot her fever was gone and her temp has in the normal range. Her cough is slowly improving. I am now on day 7 of the course of penicillin. Should I keep going until her cough is completely gone?
As for air quality, while we have had the wettest December and January on record her in South Carolina this winter, so the goats have been in their barn area more than I would prefer, my barn is a wide open design. In fact when I posted a picture of it on here you were concerned about too much air flow in the winter.
Five days is about the max I've heard a vet suggest giving penicillin. Do keep in mind that it's killing the good bacteria too, which is really important for proper rumen function. Sometimes a cough can hang on even after an infection is gone. Some people like VetRX for coughs.
That's good that you have plenty of air flow if the goats are stuck inside.