I am embarrassed to say that the reason I'm posting today is for advice/opinions. Our ~1 month old buckling, "Nod", is sick with something I can't identify. My whole family are newbies to the goat scene, and there are no vets in our area who treat goats (We live in Alaska).
So I'm wondering if you all could tell me what you think? I would be very thankful for any information about this - my only references for goat health right now are Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats, Hobby Farms: Goats, and Fias Co Farm website. I could find nothing matching the little guy's symptoms.
Nod is a mixed bread, la mancha-eared buckling. He was born about a month ago and is a triplet. His mom is our herd matriarch and a very good mother.
He has diarrhea, is weak and listless. He does have a big appetite still, which is encouraging. Since this morning I've seen him drinking water, guzzling milk, and eating hay. However, after drinking he stands for a little bit with his head back, swallowing repeatedly.
His oddest symptom is a swollen nose. (see below) I have seen no references to swollen noses anywhere in my medical searching, and it's really throwing me off.
These symptoms were all first noticed today. It is possible that they began yesterday and were not noticed at the night feeding. (*fail*) Certainly if that is the case they were not as obvious last night.
The only thing I can think of is Tetnus. He has not been vaccinated at all, but neither does he have any wounds that I can see. We haven't trimmed his hooves yet, neither has he been castrated or dehorned.
Help! Any thoughts at all would be wonderful!