White = 5

31 Jul

The one thing left from the copper deficiency that I see in the herd that is still concerning is the anemia.  If you’ve ever heard of the famacha chart, it is a way of looking at the membranes of a goat’s eyes and assigning a number based on color.  Bright red, normal eye membranes are given a one.  As they lose color, they go all the way to the number five, which is white.

 

I’ve never given a lot of stock to the famacha chart as a way of determining parasite load.

normal and anemic

Part of that is experience.  Millie was sick one time, and the vet came and checked her eyes, but they looked fine.  There was no recommendation to do a fecal or worm her.  The next day, she exploded in diarrhea and I took a fecal sample over, which showed she had lots of worms.

Millie Ann Saanen

Another time, Millie was horribly anemic.  They did a fecal that came back clean–not just a few, but completely clean.  They checked her blood, and no illness was found other than anemia.  I did manage to get her to recover, but I never knew why she had the condition.  Now I know.

Copper deficiency causes anemia.  On April 30th, the vet saw Vixen because her eye membranes were white.  I she was weak.  I had no idea what to do with her because she’d been wormed and I had nothing else I could do.  The vet recommended we wait for a bit.  It wasn’t long after that we discovered the copper issues and gave the bolus to her (and everyone else).  A couple of weeks later, I could see the faintest hint of pink in her eyes.  Now she’s still pale, but it’s better.

Vixen

Several of my older goats are still pale but improving.  Then there’s Dolly.

Dolly Ann Street

She is also pure white despite having had the copper bolus because she is my oldest girl who had kids and raised twins.  That causes a lot of stress on the body.  That’s also why I weaned her boys.

Pluto and Anubis

They are doing fine.  They have green stuff and lots of friends to play with.

Harley, Antigone (behind), Enkidu, Gilgamesh, Horus, Eve, Pluto, and Anubis (back)

Now I’m hoping Dolly will just quit making milk.  Can you see all that milk in there?  She was using the copper to take care of her babies.  I did milk her once and got a quart, so she was making a half a gallon a day.  Then I remembered I was already giving her extra feed, so milking her didn’t help her gain anything.  It kills me not to be milking her, but it’s what she needs.

Now she needs to focus on herself.

She’s very much in critical condition, but I’m hoping weaning the boys and shutting her in with a diet that his much higher in copper will help her.

If she’s still here but not getting even a hint of pink in a couple of weeks, I’ll add part of another bolus to see if that helps.

6 Responses to “White = 5”

  1. Margaret Birding For Pleasure August 1, 2018 at 2:24 am #

    WOW! These goats sure do give you a lot of work. Hope that all get well soon

  2. Eileen Wise August 1, 2018 at 5:51 am #

    Wow, you are busy taking care of your goats. They are all so cute, I hope they are all ok. Happy August, enjoy your day and week ahead!

  3. Jeanne August 1, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    I’m very sorry your sweet goats are still having problems like this. I hope and pray they can all improve.

  4. janicead August 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    Your love of the animals in your life is shown by your constant diligence.

    • Teresa August 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

      Thank you. I just wish I could have found this out years ago before they became so ill.

  5. Ty August 12, 2018 at 2:57 am #

    Can your vet do a copper test on Dolly and see if she needs more instead of waiting?

    I have one I just redoesed because she has not made any improvement after first dose. I’d weaned her buck, dewormed her, copper bolused her and where the other girls are doing better in eye color and coats she still is white and has a rough patchy coat and tuffs of hair falling out and skinny and not putting weight on.

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