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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 05:53 AM   #1
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
I have a 3yr old buck that I have noticed is loosing weight. He is noticably skinnier than other bucks in the pen. He also looks droopy or depressed. Looking for some input on this and what you would give him meds wise.
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
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Originally Posted by WICKED WHITETAILS
I have a 3yr old buck that I have noticed is loosing weight. He is noticably skinnier than other bucks in the pen. He also looks droopy or depressed. Looking for some input on this and what you would give him meds wise.


Has he been loose? Any fecal tests needed? Has he been in with bucks with racks on...Say maybe he has been stuck in the gut with a tine and is tore up inside. You need to give him a good look over first. IMO
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 08:56 AM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
No fecal test done. I havent seen his stool. He was with bucks but they are all shed now. I think what I am going to have to do is put him done and be ready with an array of stuff. What all would be a good thing to have on hand?
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 09:00 AM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Jared can you post a pic of him........is there any other visible things besides he is just run down and skinny? Do you know if he is eating? Usually they will have poo in their hair on the butt if they have the runs real bad does he?
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 09:55 AM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
He doesnt have any matting goin on that would idicate being loose. At first I thought he was just run down from the rut and everything, but he just doesnt seem right. He does eat. I just dont want to wait too long. I will get a pic tonight to post.
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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  Sep 2010
  Indiana

Cervid: raising deer
When was the last time he was wormed?
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
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He doesnt have any matting goin on that would idicate being loose. At first I thought he was just run down from the rut and everything, but he just doesnt seem right. He does eat. I just dont want to wait too long. I will get a pic tonight to post.


Just check him good for a poke in the guts or somewhere with infection. Have seen this before. They do just what you are saying. Eat a little so you think they are eating but poison is doin them in from the inside! Hope im wrong for ya!
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 12:21 PM   #8
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
I wormed in the fall. They are due for worming again. I will have to really look him over for a puncture wound.
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 05:24 PM   #9
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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I would worm him again, I always do in late March to prepare for the worms and parasites that can come up after the ground thaw starts. As long as he is eating and has normal stool, I would say he was indeed just run down, this is my opinion. It happens, winter has been long and cold this year, combine that with their slow metabolism at that time of year, and it is a recipe for some weight loss. All my bucks lost weight this winter, some more than others. I don't usually get concerned until I start seeing their shoulders and hip bones becoming a bit noticeable, or I notice them not consuming much food. By the end of April the weight will really start pouring back on, that is when their metabolism starts to really kick back into high gear, I have really noticed an increase in feed consumption the past two weeks in all my pens, but especially my yearling buck pen, they went from a half bucket a day to a full bucket a day in a matter of a week.
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 06:36 PM   #10
 
  Dec 2011
  Robertsdale, Ala
Hi, I read that you would be concerned about seeing hip bones. My buck is just now a year old. I am seeing his hip bones and also on one of my does. What should I be concerned about? They have been sneezing and I was giving them Benadryl. The really watch, sniff, and taste the treats. If they think I have put meds in them they will not eat it. Tried an ice cream sandwich worked on the buck and 1 doe. Now nothing. I crushed it up put it on top of the feed, that was 2 days ago. What should I do?
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 07:18 PM   #11
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Certainly keep and eye on your deer ...but. For sure this is one of the times they look very rough coming out of winter......but we know our deer and if you if you see something really wrong with them then it is probably true.....good luck......just saying...
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Old Apr 2nd 2013, 07:50 PM   #12
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  Oct 2011
  Columbia City, IN
What I usually do, is that at the first or second day of not looking right, I'll dart them with a couple cc's of Draxxin or LA300 (Tetradure), If he's that bad looking instead of darting him many times over the course of a couple weeks, I would tranq him to get my hands on him, load him up with LA300, and a B vitamin dose, wormer and hope for the best.
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Old Apr 3rd 2013, 03:31 AM   #13
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  Apr 2009
  Clinton, PA

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
Well you always hate to lose a deer but that is what happened last night. We ran him through the chute after watching him for about 20 min I could tell his breathing was a little rough. Only coughed once but I think he had pnuemonia. We gave him a couple shots and shortly after he passed. Freak thing, but that happens when your handling deer some times I guess.
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Old Apr 3rd 2013, 04:06 AM   #14
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
Are you in the CWD zone. Just a thought and i sure hope not but now that its in Pa! Ya just never know!
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Old Apr 3rd 2013, 04:40 AM   #15
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Sorry Jared.....that stinks! no Mike he is no where near the CWD zone.....
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