It is a long story so please bare with me here. I have a two year old doe, when I got her and her half brother they both had health issues, the wether had deformed tendons and joints and poor immune system(both which have be resolved). Well the doe has health problems that continue to appear, mostly horrible immune system, if there are any worms she is the one who gets hit the hardest and so on.
Thinking we were doing the right thing we left an older man borrow our three goats to clean up a field, they were doing a great job, sadly though when we brought them they had a hard winter (very wet and cold) and were a little thin. Two months of being there and all three looked great, shiny health and thriving. A month later (now) the doe lost ever ounce of weight she had, she is near 30 inches tall and would be lucky to weight 25 pounds, she legs can barely hold her up and she gets tired very easily. We don't know whats wrong the other two are health and happy, but she's not thriving. She's eating just as much, drinking, been dewormed and on acres of browsing.
It happened within a couple of weeks (the people that borrowed them didn't realize it because of a medical emergency of their own). I was wondering if anyone had ideas? We are bring her home tonight, and pretty much try to dehydrate her, give her grain and turnout alone, or by my horse for company. I've dealt with sick goats before, but they weren't mine, and now it is mine and so sever my mind just went to mush. I was thinking along the lines of iron, electrolytes, possible she has a serious lacking of copper or iodine, and b 12 compound?
Please keep in mind I don't have animal medications and stuff readily available, I offend substitute with people products, pedilyte, and Gatorade, iron and b 12 pills, a long those line. This goat is a pet, and only a pet she can't nurse a kid due to a serious deformed udder, bad back, bad hips and back legs. But I like my little doe and I would rather decide now if I should have her put down or this is a battle that can be won. I am giving her a week to see an improve in her energy (I expect months before her weight goes any where), in her eating and drinking.
Any suggestions, even little ones are helpful, I don't want to lose another animal I care for die like this.
There is no vet that knows dirt about goats, their idea of goat illness to shoot them up with b 12 and call it good and done, sometimes it helps others not so much.