Sunday, February 14, 2010

Goat Vet. 101

Just when I think I am getting a better understanding of farm animals, a little wrench has to be thrown into the game plan to keep in on my toes. On Friday morning when I went to the big barn to do chores, I noticed that Daisy, my white/black doeling LaMancha had what appeared to be vomit all over her face. Well, I was 99.5% sure that goats did not vomit but maybe I was mistaken. I checked her mouth to see if anything was stuck but nothing. As I continued with my chores I watched her. She wanted to eat, but picked at the grain and hay. On several occasions I watched her shake her head and noticed liquid and chewed hay come out of her mouth and she was chewing her cud quite readily. Within the hour, she was obviously not feeling well and more of the same kept spraying out.
I called the vet and of course they told me, "Kristi, you should know that goats don't vomit. How long did you work at the vet. with us?" They reassured me that something was not right and to bring her in at 1:00. I invested a good deal of money in Daisy and I did not hesitate to take her in. My favorite goat & sheep doctor was in so that was good. Daisy's temp was 103, color was good, her rumens sounded good, nothing appeared to be stuck in her throat......so what was the issue? As the doctor observed Daisy, she noticed her shaking her head, perhaps an inner ear infection? Gland area was not swollen but.........? So, she gave her an antibiotic shot which included a cortisone and antihistamine in it and she have me a follow up shot for Saturday.
So Friday was a long day worrying about her. A few small incidents of the same and she definitely did not want to eat, though she was trying to nibble on the fresh straw I put down at night.
Then the long night and the anticipation/dread of going to the barn the next morning, fearing the worst. She was there to greet me, though I noticed right away she had another incident as it was all over her face. She was not interested in grain and picked at the hay. I gave her the other shot and a second dose of lixotinic. I called the vet just because and of course they told me, "Kristi, you know you have to give the meds time to work. You should know that, you worked here." So, by late afternoon, she was improving and this morning she was 90 % better and eating well and loving the hot water I bring out for the goats. I still am a tad bit worried as to what happened as I still am watching her closely. She still seems to be a bit off but at least no "vomit" and everything is moving out accordingly.

This is Daisy, second in line. Due to the abundance of snow, the paths get a tad congested with traffic.

This was Daisy tonight, enjoying a fresh bale of hay. She is quite a character. I so hate it when the animals do not feel well:( So, was it an inner ear infection? Something else? As long as she is doing better, I am happy:) I will be much better in a few more days when I see her actingl like herself.

Of course, oblivious to all of my goat drama, are the silly lambs playing in the snow:)
I am so glad I have President's Day off tomorrow........hopefully, it will be stress free.

10 comments:

Heather said...

I hate it when my animals are sick, too. I love your pictures of the animals all queued up in the snow. Are you sure you don't live in Canada?

~Tonia said...

I know the feeling. That wasa really strange thing she did though!! Glad she is doing better!

Kim said...

I hope Daisy is better today. It can feel so helpless, not to know what is going on.

Michelle said...

You didn't get any better answers from YOUR vets than I do from MINE -- isn't that frustrating? I tell Rick I think he's the best vet in the world -- that's why I expect him to KNOW everything!

You have so much snow! It made me cold and tired just looking your photos....

Caroline said...

I hate when animals get sick too. My husband and I have taken our little beagle to the vet in the middle of the night forty minutes away several times, only to have her jump out of our truck happily, like "I'm feeling better now!" It's a little like having a sick baby. You don't really know where they're hurting. Hope Daisy is feeling better soon.

Kara said...

I hope she continues to improve. Hang in there.

kristi said...

Heather,
I totally feel like I live in Canada! This has been alot of snow this Feb!!

Tonia,
Thank you for stopping by...she is much better today!

Kim,
It is so frustrating when there is not a specific reason/answer. I always take a mental and written note so I have something to go on in the future:)

Michelle,
Yes, I have too much snow and its really becoming a drag and depressing. Large animal vets are so hard to come by esp. a good one! Your so lucky! I am glad I worked at the vet and have good connections with them esp. when its an emergency!

Caroline,
Beagles are such good fakers too! Thank you for stopping by today:)

Kara,
She is so much better tonight thank goodness. My heart was in my throat on Friday because she comes from some outstanding lines and you know what a sick feeling it is too loose an animal like that. NASSA said papers should be here this week:)

Tammy said...

Hi Kristi,
I'm glad to hear that Daisy is improving and acting like herself again. I know how you feel when they come up acting 'odd' or obviously sick. There goes that sinking feeling in the gut! I read/heard something SOMEwhere once, about a sheep (I think it was a sheep, not a goat), that got something caught in it's throat and it caused all kinds of problems. I believe it was a thorn or briar from the hay/graze, but was down it's throat just far enough to not be easily seen. Ended up festering itself to the outside. Anyway, I took notice of this story after I lost a good sheep a few years ago. The vet couldn't diagnose any problems with her, but she just 'acted' like something was preventing her from swallowing easily. Wish I'd read that story earlier...Take care and hang in there....surely Spring will come early this year???
Tammy

Laura said...

Actually what she had was "choke" - food stuck in her esophagus. The remedy is a) the goaty heimlich manuver or b) pushing a tube down her throat to dislodge the blockage. I've had sheep do that when they "hoover" their pellets or grain.

Funny that your vet didn't even think of that...

Doreen said...

Oh dear..poor thing...i'm so glad she's feeling better.

What gorgeous pictures. I especially LOVE the first pic ....the gal in front of daisy is beautiful..I absolutely LOVE her color (no disrespect to the others of course)

Wishing you a pleasant evening,
Doreen