Monday, December 14, 2009

Farm News

Recently, we had a sick goat who went down on Nov. 22, 2009 due to parasites (70 strongyle and 90 cocsidia). On Monday we called the Vet and he came out, took a sample, gave her some shots, and prescribed some medicine. Bethany has been giving the doe all the oral Cocsidia medicine and "paste" and I'm in charge of all the daily IMs (which is an Intramuscular Injection). We give her 1.5cc of the vitamin B everyday since the 23rd of November--you do the math... Actually, I know how many shots I've given because I've been recording this! The Vet gave her a steroid which perked her up and I have since given her another steroid shot as well as a few pain medication shots! Right now she is still down even though we've been faithfully giving her all the meds and physical therapy (which Bethany has now taken over so I can primarily take care the rest of the herd). We appreciate your prayer and we hope our doe gets better soon! Below are some pictures of the shots. Beware! These are not pretty pictures for the faint in heart!


Measuring the dosage:
Can you believe that I have to go through two bottles? I can't wait until they are empty!
My favorite size of a needle: 18x1A... Can you guess why?
Enough shots for the next 19 days:

Bagged and ready to go in the refrigerator:

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field.
And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens
. ~Proverbs 27:23; 26-27
Posted By: Shiloh


Green Gardening Girl said...

WOW Shiloh, way to go on being a farm girl! I hope your doe feels better soon. Is this a dangerous sickness? Or a fairly normal one?


Ebenezer Forest Farm said...

Hi Jess,

It's fairly normal, but... since she is still down (meaning she has not been standing on her feet) that is not a good sign. From what we hear once a goat is down it's very hard to get it back up.

~Shiloh, Bethany, & Eden

SarahLee said...

Way to go with the "shots"! Nathan has become quite proficient with that procedure too, though unfortunate that we ever need to do it.

Jenna said...

Ah yes, giving shots! Lovely, isn't it? I don't mind it at all, but I didn't like it when we had to give one of our hogs a shot - AWFUL:) Goats are a different story...they just stand there. I hope you're able to get your doe up soon. You should post pictures of her sometime!!


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