As you all know, I’m a worry wart goat mum — and here we are on a fine Sunday morning, and Pinta seems to have a cold. Or at least I hope it’s just a cold.
When I showed up at the pen this morning, she had some clear to white nasal discharge and coughed a couple times. She doesn’t want to eat, but her temperature is normal as are her goat berries (how thoughtful of her to poop while I was in the pen!).
Yes, by the by, this is the first time I’ve ever had to take a goat’s temperature; in my nearly three years with goaties, we’ve fortunately never had any symptoms that required pulling out the rectal thermometer. Until today.
Pinta also intermittently coughed (dry cough) about a week ago for a few days, but then it stopped — or at least it did while I was there. I thought maybe that was just hay dust issues, though I had been listening for that as well. I’d say it’s been at least three or four days since I heard a cough — before this morning.
So, expert goat people, this is most likely just a cold, right? But also something I should watch in case it’s pneumonia? Anything you recommend doing now to help her along? I think I may have the vet come and look at her just in case.
I’m trying not to freak out. It’s not really working.
My baby Pinters in happier times:
**UPDATE** Somehow the nasal symptoms aren’t nearly as worrying as the fact that it seems Pinta has bloat. The veterinarian can’t come today, so I’ve been walking her around, massaging her belly, and after I heard a couple burps, put some baking soda in her mouth. Another vet-trained friend said to give her Coca-Cola, which seemed counter-intuitive to me, but did seem to help. I’m going back out now to sit with her, massage some more, and hope for the best. By the time I left the pen, she was definitely more alert than when I first arrived (well, it was my fifth time there today). *So* nervous. Please send positive thoughts for Pinters!
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