Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Floyd, Virginia
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Hello! i am pretty new to goats. We have two, a wether and doe that we have had since Dec. They are fed orchard grass, and a small amount of goat pellets. i also give them loose minerals.
On monday, i noticed my wether was not himself. He was very quiet and laying down. Very unusual for him. So i called the vet and got him in immediately. The vet diagnosed him with pneumonia, gave him a fever reducer and antibiotic injection and said to call back on Tue. if he wasn't eating.
On Tues. he seemed back to normal. Eating, drinking, playing and vocalizing.
Wed. morning i went out to check them and he was laying down again, and not himself. He was still eating and drinking...but seemed to not feel good. He wasn't as assertive as he usually is, and was very quiet. Called the vet, and they gave him another round of antibiotics.
Today his tail is down and he still seems sick. He's acting depressed, very quiet and slow moving. i let him free range on our back hill and he did eat some...but is still not himself.
How long before he should be fully recovered from the pneumonia? Should i be really concerned, or give him time to get better? i'm so worried, but i can't afford to run him to the vet every day.
Anyone have experience with this sort of thing? Any suggestions for helping him get back on track? Any idea on what could be wrong?
thanks for any help you can offer.