This past week has been a little rough. After giving Echo her vaccine booster, her body decided to form a reaction to it. Luckily, I immediately noticed she wasn't herself, before I left for the night. When I took her temperature it read at 106.1 F! I took quick action and administered Banamine, which has so many opinions surrounding route of administration, and dosing. Definitely a topic I will bring up again. Her temperature consistently dropped until normal. Which also meant she resumed eating, and became the delightful pest she can be.
Next on the list is Rafiki came in number 2. Started out like this: I gave him a bottle before class, the same exact amount as usual. Then I left for class, and when I got home he looked like a blimp! His body had no definition, just oval. His temp was 103.3 and his rear legs were quivering. I called a friend who has far more experience than me and we administered some bloat relief medication. After some belly rubs, walking, and love he started to perk up a bit.
Then out of nowhere he started declining rapidly. His neck became too weak to hold up his own head. He started vomiting, (I wore some of this mouth diarrhea for the rest of the evening) which was one of the worst things I've ever smelt in my life. At this point, I said fuck this, lets load him up and take him in. We took him to a local emergency and the large animal vet met us there. When I talked to the doctor on the phone he didn't have a lot of hope for a 5 week old sick goat, and my heart sank.
I let my head go there... I had come to the decision that if Rafiki didn't pull through I would have him cremated and carry his ashes on our pack trips until I found the place to set him free. As I write this I'm tearing up a bit. BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN so moving on..
Rafiki pulled through. The vet gave him some vitamin B12, banamine, and Nuflor. Luckily the vet warned me of the reaction some kids have to the Nuflor because Rafiki ended up being a the dramaqueen the vet said he might be. Running around screaming at the top of his lungs, so desperate, he laid down and got back up while screaming. It was funny but sad, and I have to wonder about the mechanics and harm of why it hurts so bad, but it was a necessary treatment and had to be done.
Being a large animal vet that works on call during weekends, I'm sure getting to care for a 20lb, 5 week old lamancha buckling was a special treat. The vet was very kind, and enjoyed petting my little buckling, he also apologized to Rafiki for the pokes. It was too cute, seeing an older man interact the way he did with a tiny little buck. That priceless moment in its own was worth the cost of the Emergency Visit. This DVM had good insight and experience with banamine that I will be sharing later on.
I wouldn't say Rafiki just got better after that. I've had to play around with his feeding, give him an extra dose of banamine, fit him into a coat over night, and treat his little butt rash. The life of goats isn't easy. Today Rafiki is thriving as usual, but if there is one thing I've learned, it is to never assume everyone is ok. Maybe I'm paranoid.. or just extra cautious. But this has been my experience.
Number 3, my cattle dog Kamali. As I was preparing everyone's copper boluses he snuck up and stole one right out of my hand. The way I prepare the boluses is by taking the capsule of copper, put it into a glob of almond butter, then rolling it in grain. The goats usually eat them right up. Well, my dog thought that it was a tasty treat too I guess, but it landed him some salt on the back of the tongue and hydrogen peroxide in an attempt at getting him to vomit. I knew I didn't have time to bring him to an ER, the capsule would have broken open before then. Luckily it only took 10-15 minutes to get him to up chuck the almond butter glob. I made sure the capsule was in there and hadn't broken open, which I'm so grateful it was intact. I believe that amount of copper for a dog could be fatal. He's acting as if nothing ever happened and I learned he will always be in his crate during my copper bolusing sessions.
A day in the life, it never gets old.. But sometimes a vacation sounds good.