Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saddness in the Autumn air
Friday evening Autumn was not feeling well as she had a temp. of 104.8. & she was not eating. I gave her a penicillan shot & kept an eye on her. Saturday morning the temp had come down a bit but still I decided to take her to the vet. We started with a Bose shot & SMZ & we ran a fecal which was negative. Saturday evening her temp was still high at 104.5 & I repeated the pen shot. I have given all my lambs 3 CDT shots already.
She was just so sad yesterday esp. her eyes.
My beautiful Autumn passed away last night & I am crying right now because I miss her so much already. She was beginning to trust me & now I have let her down.
11:30 am....After my intitial shock, I could not go on without knowing what happened. Autumn was in a pen with her twin brother & my youngest ram lamb plus both moms (these were the youngest of all the babies born this summer). I only let them out when I was home to eat grass & run around. I was very fortunate to be able to go to the vet. this morning & have a necoprsy done which I did stay to watch. The first indication that something was wrong was when the doctor said there was way too much stomach fluid in her abdominal cavet. She found a tear in her intestinal lining that most likely started out very small and got bigger over a period of time which lead to the fluid becoming toxic in her system. She said this was a very freak incident, one that she has rarely ever seen in sheep/goats. There was nothing I could have done. The only question, one that will never be answered is, how did she get the tear? A question that will pull at my heart for a long time. I believe the doctor called this "peritonitis", but I am not 100% sure. I love my animals with all my heart & I put so much into this & it just hurts so much when something like this happens. I know my hobby farm will never be perfect but I try. And loosing a lamb as beautiful as Autumn just makes my heart ache. In all only 3 months she become such a big part of my life.