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Health Updates

3 Apr

I tell you, for a while I was treating so many goats and chickens and llamas and me and taking care of the cat with cancer that I’m not sure how I kept it all straight.  Here’s some updates.  Gouda’s eye is much better.  He’s off meds and hot packs and it continues to improve.  Thank heavens.

Gouda’s eye is doing much better

I’m not sure I even mentioned that Haley ended up with a uterine infection, but she’s through her course of antibiotics.  I think getting healthy has helped her milk production too.  She’s still a bit thin, and we’re still giving her kids bottles, but everyone is doing well and better.

Haley

Same with Blaze.  She is still struggling to feed her boys after the mastitis, but everyone was healing and we are helping feed the boys, so it’s all good.

Blaze and twins (Bandit and Trooper)

We’re actually helping lots of goats with feeding because of the copper, but so far, all the kids seem to be healthy and not showing signs of copper deficiency.  Please, please, please let that continue.

Mary feeding Tootles (and Bubbles on the other side)

Clover is still really anemic from the copper deficiency and pregnancy, as are Bonnie and now Blaze.  I am trying to baby them.  Heck, I’m trying to baby all my moms.  They’ve had copper (as everyone in the whole herd has) and the three with bottle jaw have been wormed.  I just don’t know what more I can do.  For Bonnie and Blaze it’s a balance between their needs and the kids.  I can’t wean at three weeks old.  It’s very frustrating because I was so optimistic that the copper capsules would help them.  I’m sure it has, but it just isn’t enough.

Clover

In addition to everyone’s copper capsules, Lily and Harley are still on the meds for their arthritis and back injury.  Lily is really slowing down, but she’s hanging in there for now.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since she’s 12 1/2 years old.

Lily (scratching out the winter fur)

Harley scares the daylights out of me because she doesn’t seem to know she is disabled, and she races around with the yearling does like she’s a kid.  It really worries me because she sometimes falls, but she gets up.  She’s happy, and I know she doesn’t want to be penned by herself for the remainder of her life.  She’s having fun, and I’m going to let her enjoy herself no matter what.

Harley

I am going to be letting Tony out of the garage soon.  He has really been putting weight on since the weather has warmed up, and he’s still eating like crazy. This boy goes through two or three quarts of llama feed and a whole lot of alfalfa every day.

Tony Llama

Mama Phoenix is still hanging in there.  We’re still just waiting for her second foot to fall off.  Snickers is still hanging in there too.  This month he turns sixteen, and seven of those years have been lived with mouth cancer.  He has absolutely no manners anymore, but I just can’t yell at him.  Okay, I still yell at him to get down, but he just ignores me.

He’s pretty much just a really old kitten.

Old herds are really a lot of work.

Gouda Eyes

25 Mar

You might remember I had to take Hilda’s boy, Gouda, to the vet to get a clip on his eye.

Gouda

Well, the next day, I had to take Reva’s boy over for clips too.

Reva’s boy

When I took him, I also took Gouda back because below his eye was all swollen and purple.  They decided they must have his a little blood vessel, and it was just blood pooling.  No big deal.  I added him to my list of goats getting anti-inflammatory and pain meds, and all is gouda! Right?

Well, in the morning, the clip had come off because it was so swollen.  They couldn’t put it back on because of the swelling.  I got an eye salve to put in it, but the whole eye swelled shut.  It was filling with pus.  We added hot packs and changed the anti-inflammatory.

Hilda (I don’t know what kid is to her left) and Gouda in the pan to the left

Finally, he went back to the vet and got shots of penicillin in the eye lids.  Poor baby.

But it’s finally looking better.

The Next Kids

13 Mar

After lunch, we had a lull in the babies.  The weather has been a bit crazy with one front after another passing through, so lots of girls look like they might be kidding, but then they settle back down.  It’s also why you get crappy cell phone pictures.  All the rain has added another level of crazy to everything.  I am grateful that I managed to scrounge and cut panels at the ice level and make enough pens.

I keep checking them and doing those everyday things that need to be done.  Checking goats and laughing at Dolly in the big tub is always fun.

Dolly (Clover behind)

One of those things everyday things today was running Hilda’s boy, Gouda, to the vet for a clip on each eye because they were entropion.

Gouda

I’ve also started Blaze on an antibiotic because she has mastitis.  That also means I’m helping feed her boys.

When I went out about 6:30 Tuesday evening, I opened the door to the garage and immediately noticed that Bonnie had kids!

She has two little girls!

I love it when I just walk out and all the excitement is over and the kids are just getting ready to nurse.  It makes my job much easier. Although she does have one girl who is a bit weak, so I’m helping feed her while she gets stronger.

Then there’s Reva.  She went into labor late Wednesday morning.

Reva

It took forever, but I finally got a big boy pulled out of her.

These fat girls need to have two small ones, not one big one.  It would be easier for all of us.