Diarrhea in kid?

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Our doe has 2 day old twins that seem healthy enough; the buckling is slightly plumper than the doeling, but she looks okay. The doeling has stools that are slightly looser than the buckling's, and nastier smelling (though not too bad). The mother licks the buckling's hindquarters very clean, but when she nuzzles up to the doeling's hindquarters Mom turns away, though she does lick the umbilical cord area on the doeling. Does this indicate the doeling has some sort of digestive problem? What should we do? These are our first kids so we're not familiar with what the normal pattern is.

-- Melinda McCuan (wawo@yahoo.com), June 11, 2002


What color is the stool, and how runny? I've always been told you can use anything on a goat you would use on your kids. We try to keep stuff around that will treat any animals. On the goats and calves we use Kaopectate & Biosol liquid (antibacterial) for the scours. We only keep a few goats so I know there is better advice out there. Good Luck

-- bergy (bbergbower@hotmail.com), June 12, 2002.

If they are just two days old, the poop is sticky and yellow? This is just her normal newborn poop. Sometimes a doe is producing well or has very rich milk and the kid seems to have stickier or runnier poop than usual. Just wash the kid's hindquarters off, she should be fine. For this you do not need to give Kaopectate.

-- Rebekah (daniel1@itss.net), June 16, 2002.

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