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Wether drooling and not swallowing food

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Jul 31, 2019. 21 Replies

Yesterday morning, my five month old wether had foamy green drool coming out of his open mouth.  His mouth was stuffed with chewed hay/leaves.I dug it all out and felt his throat and there didn’t…Continue

Pink eye

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jess Johnson Aug 18, 2017. 2 Replies

A month and a half ago, one of my does had an infection in one eye. I treated it by squirting some LA200 in the affected eye twice a day for five days. It didn't seem to improve it.As I'd read on…Continue

Urinary calculi in 3.5 month wether

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle Sep 7, 2017. 4 Replies

A coworker got her first goat about 4.5 months ago when he was a day or two old (already disbudded and banded).She got the second one, who was dam raised and banded at 7 weeks, just over a month…Continue

Breed lines that once had a defect?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Niemann-Boehle May 31, 2017. 1 Reply

Last year, one of my breeding pairs resulted in a doeling with a large teat spur.This year, both goats of that pair were bred to different goats and all the kids came out great.Would you breed either…Continue

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Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Thanks so much for sharing your experience! I'm glad you had a good experience at Cornell -- and that our group was helpful! It's always tough when you have a sick goat. I'm glad I was able to help, even if the best thing I suggested…"
Jul 31, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"I got the necropsy results and the bill last week. I didn’t get an itemized bill, so I don’t know what exactly was charged, but it was just under $400 and the following is everything that MAY have applied: Exam Exam - small animal…"
Jul 31, 2019
Naomi D'Andrea replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"So sorry you went through this, Jess! Thank you for contributing your experience to the body of knowledge."
Jul 12, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Wow! That is fascinating! As you were describing the jaw, I was wondering if it was broken. The dropped jaw is definitely a huge piece of the puzzle, whatever is causing it. Sometimes a physical thing can have a huge impact on their overall health,…"
Jul 10, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"He was pretty much the same yesterday morning, and I was getting impatient, so I took him to Cornell (it’s closer to me, and even closer to where I work, so I chose it over OSU for time). Going to a vet school hospital was a pretty…"
Jul 10, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"I'm glad you spoke to someone at OSU. I've never heard of a goat surviving this long without eating. I can't imagine he'll last much longer. OSU sounds like a good option. Hopefully it isn't as expensive as Cornell.  Of…"
Jul 8, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"The vet was able to squeeze him in today. She did a rectal exam and there was fresh soft poo.  He’d had two bms in the past 24hours, both small hard berries clumped with something softer. Did another X-ray and his rumen looked pretty much…"
Jul 8, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Yep, they had a vet call me back. It wasn’t what I expected, but it was my first time calling so I figured maybe that’s just how they handle these things there. of course it could’ve just been that vet, or maybe they’re…"
Jul 7, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Did you actually talk to a vet at Cornell? I've never heard of anyone calling a vet school and just being given an estimate of costs, including Cornell in the past.  I'm really looking forward to learning more about what is actually…"
Jul 7, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Thank you for pointing out the bit about the nature of miralax and how it’s probably bypassing his rumen.  I hadn’t considered that.  And I’ll stop expecting him to poop more. I’m surprised he’s still alive,…"
Jul 7, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"The great thing about vet schools is that they have 24 hour clinics, and they will talk to you on the phone at no charge. They know that in many cases you are looking for a second opinion because your local vet is having a challenge. Miralax is not…"
Jul 7, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Cornell is almost four hours away and OSU is about four and a half. When I went to the first vet appointment, I had directions to Cornell ready in case I was unhappy with how things went as this is the first time I’ve had an issue this…"
Jul 6, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Thanks for the update! I've never heard of a goat being sick and not eating for this long. Something is not right, especially if you have to give him laxative to make him poop. Any chance you are within driving distance of a vet school? If a…"
Jul 6, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"He’s a lot more active, but still isn’t swallowing food (but has started chewing it again, instead of just holding it) and pooped twice on the fourth and once yesterday. His guts have sounded much more active the past two days. His…"
Jul 6, 2019
Deborah Niemann-Boehle replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"This is certainly an unusual case.  There was someone on here quite a few years back who had a goat that ate a plastic bag. After she died, they did a field necropsy and found it in her rumen. If it's a plastic bag in the rumen, I…"
Jul 3, 2019
Jess Johnson replied to Jess Johnson's discussion Wether drooling and not swallowing food
"Once he got hydrated, he started acting much better, but the X-ray at his follow up yesterday showed minimal improvement. He was still peeing and pooped a couple of times, so we decided to keep treating him. The vet consulted with a vet at OSU…"
Jul 3, 2019

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