Goat Emergencies

Warning: discussion of injured animals

The past week has been really chaotic. I haven’t had a chance to look into a(nother!) new photo hosting service, so you’ll have to use your imagination this time (you should thank me).

Last week, Tony was out of town for a business meeting. The week was tough because it’s been so hot, but I’d been managing. Thursday, when I got home from work, I went to feed animals and realized the goats had knocked their house over onto the fence and gotten out. Again. I was frustrated, but not terribly concerned until they weren’t in the yard (the last time they got out, they stayed in the yard). I ended up driving the 4 wheeler out to try to find them…by the time I found them, it was almost dark.

While two of them were fine, one of them was injured. As far as I can tell, our dogs treated the goats as if they were invading deer and attacked them. They did quite a bit of damage to her rear. I am grateful to Dad (beyond what I can say) that he came and spent the night helping me patch her together so I could call the vet for her Friday morning.

He came right away when I called, which was a relief and worked to patch her up. He said we were lucky her rectum wasn’t punctured and that all the parts that were hanging out could be tucked and stitched back where they ought to be. He said that our biggest challenges were going to be the flies and infection. So far, we’ve gotten lucky with both. The house that Ursa Major is in (a wood slat shipping crate) is closed off from the other goats with a gate, so she can see the other two and interact with them, but not be pestered by them while she’s healing. That house seems to be pretty well protected from flies. Every time she comes out of the house for her shots, cleaning, and fly spray regimen, she runs back to the house to escape the flies. As for infection, so far, she’s looking pretty good. It sounds like we still have a couple of weeks until we know for sure, but she seems like a tough little goat.

That emergency has pushed back getting other things I need to do finished, so finding a new hosting site is not high on my list of priorities (argh! photobucket)


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