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Suzanne W. Gasparotto, Onion Creek Ranch, Lohn, TX
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Joint Ill (also known as navel Ill) occurs when bacteria travels up a newborn kid's wet navel cord and migrates to its (usually) leg joints. Joint Ill is positively correlated with the kid's getting an insufficient amount of colostrum at birth. When a kid is born, it has no immune system and is dependent upon the antibodies in its dam's colostrum for protection against infection.

Joint Ill can show up within a few days of birth to up to as much as two months of age if bacteria is harbored in the body and then stress (such as severe weather change or wormload) causes it to be activated. Over a period of days or weeks, the kid begins to limp as joints swell. Antibiotic treatment is required, is usually long term (weeks rather than days), and the kid may have life-long residual effects from the infection. Arthritis may develop as the kid gets older. The only antibiotic that I have found that kills the bacteria that causes Joint Ill is the prescription injectible Baytril 100. This antibiotic kills organisms that other antibiotics do not affect. Baytril 100 usage is restricted in food animals in some locales due to withdrawal times and lack of extensive testing for residual medication in the meat, so consult your vet for a prescription.

Avoid Joint Ill by dipping the kid's wet navel cord immediately after birth in a strong iodine solution -- all the way up to its body -- and making sure that the kid gets sufficient colostrum within its first twelve hours of life. My rule of thumb for adequacy colostrum consumption in that time frame is about one ounce per pound of bodyweight.

Suzanne W. Gasparotto Onion Creek Ranch Texas 4/3/14

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