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Hi all,
Need some advice on what to do for my doe after a difficult birth.  She had one by herself and the second kid was not coming so I had to go in all the way and turn the head around. One leg was forward and I couldn't fine the other at first, but I did find the back of the head and had to reach around it at turn it forward. She stayed laying down for a long time.  After about maybe an hour, she got up.  I gave her warm water with molasses. The kids are fine and both nursed and on both sides of the udder. 
What else should I do for her?
It's 1:21. I am going to bed and will check this later. Thanks, Tammy

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Normally, if you have to go in, antibiotics are recommended because you've introduced bacteria into the uterus. Penicillin or Biomycin (oxytetracycline) are good. I like Biomycin better than LA-200, because it's the same drug, but LA-200 stings badly! The first time I gave it to a goat, I thought I'd killed her the way she screamed and rolled around!

If you're into homeopathy, arnica is good for anything that could cause bruising.

Congratulations on the babies!
Thank you, I will look for this. What is the dosage and what size needle do you recommend?

Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:
Normally, if you have to go in, antibiotics are recommended because you've introduced bacteria into the uterus. Penicillin or Biomycin (oxytetracycline) are good. I like Biomycin better than LA-200, because it's the same drug, but LA-200 stings badly! The first time I gave it to a goat, I thought I'd killed her the way she screamed and rolled around!

If you're into homeopathy, arnica is good for anything that could cause bruising.

Congratulations on the babies!
For the Biomycin, you can give 3 cc per 100 pound daily or 4.5 cc per 100 pounds every 36 hours, which is what I prefer. I'd rather stick them less often! If you give them the shot immediately after the birth, two injections has worked for me, but since you've waited a day, you might want to do three. I like to use 20 g syringes for goats, and this is a subQ injection, so IMO, the shorter the needle, the better. I use 1/2 inch if I have it for subQ, because it's just too easy to go in one flap of skin and out the other side if you have a long needle. If your goat winds up with sticky yellow liquid in her hair at the site of the injection, you know that's what you did. The first time I did that, I actually thought it had leaked out. :)

Tammy Lee Birrer said:
Thank you, I will look for this. What is the dosage and what size needle do you recommend?

Deborah Niemann-Boehle said:
Normally, if you have to go in, antibiotics are recommended because you've introduced bacteria into the uterus. Penicillin or Biomycin (oxytetracycline) are good. I like Biomycin better than LA-200, because it's the same drug, but LA-200 stings badly! The first time I gave it to a goat, I thought I'd killed her the way she screamed and rolled around!

If you're into homeopathy, arnica is good for anything that could cause bruising.

Congratulations on the babies!

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