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Leo’s Good News

24 Dec

Leo has had a tough fall with his allergies.  Finally, I got him in to the vet for an allergy shot.  They looked better for a couple days.  Then they were watering like crazy, so I about called to see if he could come back over, but they looked better in the morning.  By the weekend before Thanksgiving, they were horrible.  He went back to the vet and got antibiotics and eye drops.

Leo

Bless my mother for coming and helping me put eye drops in because there’s no way I could have done that on my own.

They did look a lot better.

But one eye was still sensitive.  He didn’t want to hold it open.  It was a bit watery.  I called and he went back to the vet.

Then they did surgery because his lashes were rubbing.   That’s usually something that happens in babies, but in Leo’s case it’s probably from loose skin caused by all the weight he lost.  With the goats, you can use a clip, but in dogs and cats the only way to fix it is with surgery.

On his left eye you can see the bottom lashes sticking up and rubbing.

Do you know how scary it is for me to have a nineteen-year-old cat have surgery?  I was a wreck.

Everybody wanting breakfast, but no food before surgery.

But he made it through surgery, and he will hopefully no longer have lashes rubbing his eyes.  He’ll have to go back to get stitches out in a couple of weeks, but he’s already holding the eye open much better.

I am so relieved to have him home (the best Christmas gift I could have asked for).  If the purring is any indication, he was happy to get home too.

We’re ready for another nineteen years. Okay, maybe not, but he’s in really good shape for his age.

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.