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Critical Copper

25 Jul

I keep trying to figure out the copper for the goats.  You know, they all had two rounds of copper between the end of March and the first of May.

 

Well, Betty Lou began losing her fur and was anemic.  She was just tired.

Betty Lou

I was at a loss.  I fear giving them too much copper, but I know the signs said to give her more.  I gave her a third two-gram capsule.  She almost immediately began to grow her hair back, and she is her old perky self again.  She’s still a little thin, but she is doing much better.  She also started on meds for a bit of arthritis in her back end that is noticable now that there’s a step into and out of the barn because of my scooping it out.

(Look at the difference in her eyes–her spark is back.)

Fionn was one who had lost his hair right before I gave the second round.  His hair is growing back.

goat buck

Fionn (from the end of April just before he started losing all his hair–see that bare nose)

But then the diarrhea came.  I wormed him for coccidia because with out long wet spring, that seemed likely.  His eye color was good, and I hoped that the meds would take care of it.  It didn’t help.

He continued to lose weight, and he has a (chronic) cough.  I wormed him for roundworms because his eyes were suddenly very pale, which can be an indication of worms.

Fionn

It didn’t help.  Again, I fretted about giving him too much copper, but I gave him a third capsule.

I also got a fecal (which is not easy when you’re dealing with diarrhea) and the vet said it was fine.  She did recommend giving him Achieve, a probiotic protein paste.

I led him to the Love Shack because he needs to conserve energy.  He is weak enough that he stumbled three times on the short walk there.

His appetite is good, and I think the diarrhea is already better.  I will keep him in the Love Shack and continue giving him the protein/probiotic paste and lots of food.  Hopefully, the copper will kick in and he’ll be able to recover.