Newly freshened doe having difficulty urinating : LUSENET : Dairygoats : One Thread

Our part Saanen (?) part pigmy and who knows what else doe had twins that had to be helped into the world :)a week ago. Both are doing fine, but the mom has had trouble urinating since the kidding. She seems to just squat a lot, and dribble or drip a few drops of urine every little while. She is drinking, eating, nursing, etc. Doesn't seem to have any discharge to speak of, and I did an internal exam after the delivery as she seemed to be still straining a lot, thus I was afraid she might have another kid. None. The vet has no idea (big surprise)what might cause this. She doesn't seem to be in pain, no temp, etc. Any ideas? Could the hard delivery have injured her urinary tract? Thanks, Jan

-- Jan in Co (, April 17, 2002


If goats are anything like humans, there's something about birthing that makes urinating 'different' for a while. There might be some inflammation or swelling, or it may be that the bladder angle is different and makes the doe feel like she has to go all the time. I don't know all the why's, (Vicki?), but I do think it will clear up in the next week or two.

-- Rebekah (, April 18, 2002.

I really don't know either Rebekah. Jan I would just give it more time. Is her temperature normal? I have does, including an infant who thinks her behind should nearly touch the ground to pee. And unless it is a perfectly clean barn stall the does really don't pee alot at any one time. If she has any temperature over that of say a stall mate who is her same color, than perhaps something like SMZ tabs from the vet, same exact tabs they use in women with urinary tract infections, and folks also use them for treating cocci. That's my best guess. Vicki

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

Thanks, gals. I just wasn't sure, as the other doe, a first freshener, didn't have that problem, of course her kids were born without any help, too. This doe does seem better every day, she's perky and seems ok, no elevated temp or anything else, just the constant squatting and dribbling! I'll keep an eye on her. Thanks again. Jan

-- Jan in Co (, April 18, 2002.

Out of curiosity, has anyone ever thought to try cranberry juice for a problem like this? I know that it works for me when I start to have that constant "sensation", especially after the birth of my last 2 daughters.

-- Susan North tx Panhandle (, April 25, 2002.

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