Sunday, May 29, 2011
Coccidiosis And Goats
It started with the Brown one Diego. He got the runs bad.. It also had a little mucous in it. Then with in a day or 2 Skittles had the runs too. So I did a fecal on both of them since the Slippery Elm was Not helping. The Coccidia count was in the high range but not overwhelming but definitely needed something done. Of course you know these things happen when you have no $$... So I looked up what to do naturally...
First link I checked was Waltz's Ark-Basic Healing Herbs for goats and read what they had to say about Cocci. Cocci treatment takes Antibiotic type treatment. Even though Cocci is a parasite.
So I combined things like Garlic, Cinnamon, Basil, Slippery Elm and Yogurt. Mixed them up and added it to their bottle. They usually sucked it down. After about 2 days of this They weren't better but they were not any worse and still active. So I upped the amounts as much as they would take before refusing the bottle.
One bottle was Oatmeal water and cinnamon after about 3 days. Because I knew the oatmeal would help them recuperate. They were slowly getting better. It took another 3 days for the runs to slow down to soft poo. But I was feeding them a couple bottles a day with the stuff added. They started doing better and finally at about 10 days they got goat berries! I eased them back to regular bottles then..
However they had gotten rather thin and still are a little so they are still on a bottle that is 1 cup each of milk and warm water with 2 tablespoons of baby cereal with Probiotics. They are coming out of it. It was a little slower than conventional meds but I think it has worked well. I am just glad they were still on the bottle that they suck down to quick to taste most of the time!!
Goats have Cocci in their systems at all times just like other parasites. Its when they go into overload that they cause trouble. Usually when the animals are stressed,sick or crowded do the Cocci move in and take over. Mine have been a little stressed and crowded due to the rainy Spring weather we have been having.
Hoping that improves now that its almost June!