You look out and notice one of you goats standing off to himself, head hung, back arch, tail tucked, may have yellow or green snot and eye goop, he didn't come up for feed, barely nibbled on hay. He's sick. Could be all or a few of these signs, when in doubt, do a check up!
Start with a temperature...101.5-103.5 is normal range...if the goat has a temp...start antibiotics....
For temps of 105+ should be treated with Banamine (flunixin meglumine)
This is RX that helps reduce fever, reduce pain and inflammation and aids in appetite
For temps...use ice packs behind ears, under arm pit area or run cool water over legs...and by hand under belly..do not soak the goat!!
Rest the goat in a place of shade and plenty of ventilation
NOTE: Silent pneumonia or Interstitial pneumonia is the most common type to occur, quickest to kill, and often hardest to diagnose in goats. Death can occur in 12 hours or less. A goat can be fine when you tuck the to bed and dead when you wake up. When you suspect something is not right, goat is just standing off to himself..you take his temp and find it to be sub...you may first thing this is rumen issue. Keep a close check on that temp as it will spike...I have had temps as high as 108.9 in SP sufferers.
These are my choice of Antibiotics...there are several others and I recommend you read up on each one to see which would work best in your herd..Doses for several other Antibiotics can be found on our medicine dose file link below
No MILK 4 hours after antibiotics. To clarify no yogurt, cows milk, formula mixes for four hours. Natural breast milk for the species is fine after 2 hours. Cows milk has an enzyme that deactivates many antibiotics especially of the Tetracycline classes
RX choice Over the counter choice
Nuflor: 3 cc per 100# sub Q once daily Tylan 200 1 cc per 25# 2x day
Tylan 50 for young kids..4 cc per 25# 2x day
Banamine 1 cc per 100# sub Q once daily for no more then 3 days unless vet recommends longer..
The following antibiotics are not the best choice for pneumonia but sometimes we have to use what on hand, so here are the doses
LA 200 1 cc per 20# sub Q once daily
Penicillin 48 hour 1 cc per 20# once daily
** with Pen..always pull the plunger back when injecting...if you see blood, re adjust and try again...penicillin in the blood can kill a goat**
**LA 200 stings...expect a strong reaction..Biomycin 200 is the Same medication but with a gentler carrier with less sting
You will also need to keep the goat hydrated, offering fresh water and electrolytes to encourage more fluid intake...Be sure to do a full course of antibiotics, even if the goat looks and feels better
ALWAYS FOLLOW ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT WITH PROBIOTICS 3-4 HOURS AFTER treatment.....