Sick Goats and Fishing Holes

| 5/26/2010 4:36:12 PM

A photo of Lisa and familyWe had a sick goat on our hands this week. I mean really sick, like I-have-to-call-the-vet-but-don’t-really-want-to-because-it’s-going-cost-a-fortune-sick!

It all started Saturday morning when I checked on the little darlings. I noticed that Esme’s hind legs and tail were soaked. I looked around and noticed a large wet spot on the floor, it didn’t look like diarrhea but you never know with goats. I figured she just ate too much grass and had diarrhea. I left her in the barn for the day and didn’t think much more about it.

Sunday morning when I checked on the critters I noticed spots of blood on the floor. I looked at her bum and noticed blood coming out of her vagina. Now was the time to panic! But she was acting normal, eating normal, and I checked her temp and that was normal. I was completely confused. So Dave and I gave her a shot of Pen-G (penicillin) as a precaution. Needless to say, she was not amused to have a needle in the back of her leg. I still kept her in for the day and kept a close eye on her. What I was afraid of also, was it contagious?

Monday I called the vet in Middleton, since they specialize in goats. They were baffled. We talked for awhile trying to figure out what was the problem, but to no avail. The only thing they could figure out was maybe she had a varicose vein in her vaginal wall that had busted and it was bleeding. It would rectify itself. They had never seen it in goats, only in horses, but anything is possible. So she told me to deworm her and give her the Pen-G for a few more days and keep a close eye on her. Then 5 minutes later the vet called me back and said, “I was thinking more about this and even though this usually just happens in Oct or Nov, Esme might be having a pseudo-pregnancy. She’s young and confused so she might have thought that she was pregnant. They usually have alot of mucous that discharges when they think they should give birth then have bleeding for a few days.”

So my goat thinks she was preggers! What next. I checked her tonight and no blood. Completely clean. Hopefully it stays that way.

J and his Fish

5/27/2010 6:22:23 PM

Dave, Our son loves to eat bass and here the lakes are pretty clean. But we still release most of the bass also. What we caught that day was pickeral and there is nothing to eat on the darn things. Only bones and teeth! Shannon, Thanks for your comment. The roosters still occasionally kick out the hens, but one is broody at the moment so she won't move. Last night in a 24 inch x 12 inch nest there was 2 roosters and 4 large laying hens. Nothing like closeness in your flock!

Nebraska Dave
5/27/2010 4:49:49 PM

Lisa, there’s never a dull moment on a farm with animals is there? I’m quite happy that my animal days are over and I can just enjoy the wild life scampering across my yard. I love fishing and here in Nebraska I catch and release simply because I don’t really want to eat anything that swims and breathes all the farm land run off into our waterways. However, when I go fishing in other parts of the country, I indulge to the max in what we catch. There just something about open fire cooking a fresh caught lake trout, or fried catfish out of a clear water lake, or fresh Walleye right out of the stream.

S.M.R. Saia
5/27/2010 6:23:15 AM

That last comment about the roosters made me laugh out loud! Interesting about the goat. I've heard of dogs having false pregnancies, I didn't know other animals did that too. I can't wait to see the pictures of the pumpkins!

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