I Think My Goat Has Arthritis

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  1. goatwishingstar

    goatwishingstar Active Member

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    My billy goat is only 2 years old, and i dont know whats wrong with him. he will be fine one minute, but the next his legs stiffen up and he lays on his side and kicks hard and tries to get up but he cant. it breaks my heart to see him so helpless. he still eats and drinks his water. does anybody know what this is? if so, what can i do for him? if anybody is knowledgable about this, my email is: fuzebox67@yahoo.com. any info will help!
     
  2. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

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    what breed is your little guy?
    could it be that he is a fainter?
    have you had him tested for cae?
     

  3. goatwishingstar

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    hes an alpine actually. i think he may have cae. when we bought him, he was already weaned off of milk. he may have been feeding from his mother, which if i am correct, is how they get cae.
     
  4. DocM

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    Are his knees swollen? How is his condition, is he well fleshed or thin? I could be many many other things causing this than CAE, don't panic just yet. He may be developing a metobolic disorder from his feed or may even be suffering a simple virus or infection of some sort. What does he eat? Access to minerals? Eyes clear? Temp? Runny nose? Ear infection?
     
  5. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

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    this is so sad. i think for him it would be best to be put down.
    so sorry
     
  6. fishhead

    fishhead Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would have him tested for cae before putting him down. I guess I don't understand why cae would cause these symptoms.

    What about meningeal worm? Does that cause a loss of balance. Or as Doc suggested an inner ear infection causing a loss of equilibrium?
     
  7. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

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    cae has not only big knees but also encephalitis.
    if a metabolic disease i think he would not fall down and than get up like nothing happend?
     
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    dont sound like a full blood maybe some miotonic
    walk up to him open aumbrella real fast see if he has a spell
     
  9. moosemaniac

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    Could he just be genetically myotonic? Does it occur even rarely in some breeds?

    Ruth
     
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    guess they didnt care enough to get back to anyone
     
  11. goatwishingstar

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    hes not myotonic. he isnt thinning out and his eyes are in good shape. he breathes normally and has a good appetite, he drank some water today. other than the fact he is laying on his side, hes acting himself. he doesnt moan or complain either. he isnt even bloated. i cant understand what it is that is happening to him. he was never like this before. although hes only 2 years old, i do think he has reumatoid arthritis. we are going to see the vet this saturday, so i will mention him.
     
  12. susieM

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    Sounds like a heart problem. Have the vet check that...we adopted a dog that used to do just that, and it turned out that she had the most erratic heartbeat that the vet had ever seen.
     
  13. susanne

    susanne Nubian dairy goat breeder

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    what makes you think this?
    please come back to us after vet visit and tell us what the vet said
     
  14. Mountaineer

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    You'll mention him? Or do you mean you'll bring him?