I just lost my 5 month old Sable doeling, Dehlia in a death so quick it took my breath away. I had triple wormed her with Fir Meadow's wormer, followed that up weekly, had consulted my homeopathic vet about a cough that wouldn't go away, and finally took her to my local goat vet a few days ago. She examined her, assured me she didn't have pneumonia, but that she did have a high worm load. She was about a 3 on the FAMACHA scale. The vet gave her injectible Ivomectin. Her stools were finally normal, so I let her out today. I walked into the barn this afternoon just in time to see her flop over at the feeder. She gave a bleat, and gasped a couple of times, and I felt down her throat to see if she had anything lodged there. Nothing. No signal in the barn, so I had to run to the house to call the vet. WHY do cell phones not work when you need them the most?
I tried percussion to keep her heart going, breathing down her nostrils. Too late. There was nothing I could do to save her. The vet said it was probably a blood clot, and probably related to the heavy worm load. That's her best guess since it was so quick. Could a too-fast worm die-off be responsible? I'll never know.
My brother came with his backhoe and helped me bury her. Rest in peace little Dehlia Rose.