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Our goats recently ate some poisonous laurel bushes, we managed to save all but 1. Now they all have had bout of scours and malaise, but they seemed to recover after the veterinarian gave them s B-12 shot and Probiotics. All but our whether who has not eaten in almost three days (without force), is grinding teeth and scouring yellow "softserve" They have had electrolyts, table salt, etc. but he is not improving. His brown ears also are turning white rapidly, is this a copper defeciency from the liver damage possibly? Please help, I'm desperate at this point!

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Were worms/coccidia taken care of? With this kind of stress they could take over.

If it is liver damage, the only thing that would help is herbs. Of course milk thistle is helpful for the liver, but I don't know much about using it in goats. You might ask on curezone.com They have a liver forum and a "pet" forum, I would ask on both. Sorry I'm not more help.
 

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I'm sorry and I feel your pain. Here's hoping someone with experience responds soon.

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What is he eating?

What color are his eyelids?

What's his temperature?

I would redo the probios and B shots, pull the table salt and replace it with good loose goat minerals.

Good luck!
 

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If I'm reading correctly they were ate the laurel 3 days ago? Did they receive activated charcoal at the time? I would expect the scouring after eating Laurel.

I would be giving Red Cell (found at most livestock stores) just in case, and be tube feeding him. I would think the poison has worked through his system by now, 3 days later. Teeth grinding indicates pain, get pain meds from the vet. What does he say about the ears turing white?

You may be correct about the liver damage, though I'm not sure it would turn the ears white that fast. Is the hair turning white or the skin? If the skin circulation issue possibly?

I'm not sure if you can repair liver damage, I've never had to deal with that.

I'll be watching for others comments.
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I would address the not eating part first & foremost. Ruminants that stop eating for more than 24 hours start loosing their rumen flora and thus end up with rapid nutritional issues- ketosis, hypoglycemia, vitamin deficencies.

You can check for rumen function by putting your hand on the animal's left flank. You should be able to feel a wave or ripple of gas at least once every three minutes- more often is best.

A goat that is not eating must be temped with every possible delicacy & treat. Try bananas, flavored hot instant oatmeal, flax meal, apple slices, alfalfa pellets, or fresh browse. Goats that won't eat at all should be started on 60 ccs oral Propylene Glycol twice a day. This will keep the rumen flora alive and working. PG is drenched and is more acceptable if flavored with a drop or two of flavor extract.

A goat that's not eating and has diarrhea will also need supportive care. 2 or more liters of Lactated Ringer's Solution subq, B shots, piglet iron shots, Probiotics, possibly Pepto-Bismol, possibly an antibiotic, possibly a clostridium anti-toxin, possibly Banamine as both an anti-inflammitory and a gut motility reducer.

If your vet is not up on goats, ask her to call U of Iowa- Ames or U of California-Davis. Both have some outstanding goat vets who can do a consultation. Most vet schools will have a small ruminant specialist that could also help.
 
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