Goat Paralysis starting.....HELP! Oct 28, 2018 19:48:05 GMT
Post by copperkid3 on Oct 28, 2018 19:48:05 GMT
Last week, as is my custom, after giving a scoop of minerals in a large pan and everyone is crowding around, I'll do a head count. I came up one short and immediately did a separate count of each sex, to narrow down just who was missing. Turns out it was the herd sire and so went for a walk-about the property and a short time later, found him down and from the looks of where he lay, he'd been there all night, as there were worn areas in the grass and dirt where he'd been pawing and trying to gain a footing to get up. I tried to get him onto his feet, but Pancho is a very large Boer buck and we were unsuccessful. I knew he was dying and at that point I could do nothing more for him. That was last week and today, when I went out to check on everyone, I discovered another member of the herd missing. Again a head count and the 2nd in command; Pancho's son, Patrick was missing. I quickly searched and found him about 150 yards away and sort of splayed out; his back legs not moving with his front and as I approached he looked at me as if "Daddy, I can't walk right....help me." I now know, that I should have been worming them earlier this year, but the damage is done. I'm pretty certain that both Pancho and Pat, have contracted MENINGEAL DEERWORM and need to know the best way of stopping the progression. From what I've read on-line, the use of Safe-Guard is recommended at 10X the dosage per 100# weight, but is it to be injected or given orally? If injected, then given in the muscle or under the skin? The nearest goat vet is nearly 25 miles away and doubtful that they'd open up their office on a Sunday....and trying to get a 150+ pound goat into a crate on the back of a stake bed truck and then driving him, isn't in the realm of possibilities either.....although if that's what I'd have to do, I'd certainly give it a try. But doing such by oneself, isn't an easy task. So, the alternative is to try and treat him here and now. HELP!