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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Elsa - meningeal worm 
26th-Jan-2016 09:20 am
Justin-goat
Of course problems always come up when you can't get help... Elsa is likely dealing with a slow-moving but deadly infestation. From the vet:

If the weakness appears to be asymmetrical, Meningeal Worm infestation is possible. I will sometime see a coccidia-like parasite within the spinal cord of these animals. I treat with the following cocktail usually:

Panacur - 50mg/kg (approximately 13.6 mL for a 60-lb goat), once per day for three days
Bactrim (SMZ-TMS) 960 mg X 2, twice a day for up to 30 days (halfway point vet checkup visit recommended)
Aspirin 325 mg X 6, once per day for up to 30 days (vet visit recommended)

Notes: Panacur and the Bactrim are by prescription only, so they will be shipped to me. Pilling a goat doesn't happen (they can spit pills out). Pills have to be crushed and dissolved in water which is then squirted down the goat's throat.

Note2: This is a surprisingly inexpensive treatment. The bottle of Bactrim was $11.25. The *whole bottle* of Panacur was $145, and I will be credited back with most of it.
Comments 
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26th-Jan-2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
It's scary, but it's not immediately fatal. She's probably been sick for weeks, and it will take weeks to kill her. The problem is the long-term damage to her nervous system.
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26th-Jan-2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The vet is drop-shipping the two meds to me, so as soon as the roads clear (tomorrow? maybe?) I can pick them up from the post office.

Good thoughts are nice...
26th-Jan-2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Thinking good thoughts!
26th-Jan-2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
I hope the medicine gets to the goat quickly and she gets better soon!
26th-Jan-2016 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. We can stop the damage, but reversing it is going to be a long, slow healing that could take years.
28th-Jan-2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Oh no! Fingers crossed for you.
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