Kid rasping : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

THis morning, when I went out to the barn, I found the little, one week old, buck rasping. He and twin are under heat lamps at night, wearing their little sweaters, but we are having single digit temps overnight. Yesterday, the high was in the twenties. When he finally nursed, the rasping subsided, but still I am a little worried. Should I be concerned about pneumonia onset, and treat, or just wait and see? I was half a mind to bring him in, but would rather not have any more goats in the house!

-- mary (, January 17, 2002


Mary we always treat infants who are wheezing, we call it rattles. I use Tylan 50 and only give a 1/2 cc subq shot of it, and sometimes just the once is enough. It is usually just amniotic fluid that didn't get coughed out good. If he doesn't improve quickly continue the shots, and take his temp. Also check the top of his mouth for a cleft pallete, liquid can go into his lungs if he has one or a bad mouth bite. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, January 17, 2002.

Thanks, Vicki. I have Tylan 200 on my shelf. Is that something I can substitute, perhaps at a different dose?

-- mary (, January 17, 2002.

We use the 1/2 cc the day they are born of the Tylan 50 subq for baby rattles. The dosage for illness in Tylan 200 is 6cc per 100 pounds, subq for 5 days, least ways that is how we use it, so 3cc per 50. 1 and 1/2 per 25, so perhaps 3/4 cc for an infant kid, though I would if using the Tylan 200 continue it for the 5 days. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, January 17, 2002.

Thanks, Vicki. We went ahead and started with the Tylan 200 last night, since we had it already. Hubby gave three little wheezing goats shots, and this morning, we discovered a fourth one (favorite little buck) wheezing as well.

I can't help but think it's this very cold weather bringing it on. A few weeks back, I let little daughter child play outside for about 20 minutes one afternoon, when it was in the twenties, and she became sick almost immediately afterwards, and ended up with pneumonia. I know if I was camping out with it 5 and 10 degrees overnights, I'd be sick, too.

-- mary (, January 18, 2002.

With everyone wheezing take temps! Also go sit in their pen, is your butt wet, does it smell like ammonia? Give them little boxes to jump up on and out of the humid bottom air of the barn. Vicki

-- Vicki McGaugh TX (, January 18, 2002.

I actually just cleaned the coop Molly's twins are in a couple weeks ago, so it's in pretty good shape.

The others are in a box in the house overnights, which I clean every afternoon while they are outside playing.

-- mary (, January 18, 2002.

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