I started her on probiotics and kept watching her, checking her eyelids and general condition.
BARBER POLE, BARBER POLE, BARBER POLE!
Actually he said it by the real name of Haemonchus contortus and I didn't even know what it was until I got home and looked it up. I did know what Barber Pole was though!
Yuck, and scary so I was faced with a now what? I've never dealt with it before but I got on the internet machine and started doing tons of research, which can make you feel better or just scare you even more. The vet recommended I deworm everybody, but I chose to check eyelids and evaluate condition before doing that. I don't want to treat an issue that isn't there. Tulip is as healthy as an ox as are the kids.
I didn't think Star was at deaths door or anything, but from what I read, they can go downhill quickly with this. The vet gave me Panacur for her, and I gave her that and also gave her Morantel Tartrate. Yes I combo wormed her. I didn't want to mess around with this. I didn't want to lose my Star! I also started her on vitamin B shots as well as continuing the probiotics.
By Thursday evening, she had perked up a little bit, and when The Youngun went out to bend trees over for the kidlets, Star was more than ready to eat some leaves.....which I was excited about, until a couple hours later when she bloated!!
Yup, I went to check on her and she was laying in the barn, moaning like she was in labor again, and her tummy was as tight as a tick. Now bloat is something that can kill a goat quickly as well, so I was afraid I was going to lose her from that. I grabbed her around her front end and sat her up on her hindquarters to get her to "burp" and then massaged her rumen. I went and did that several times throughout the evening, and her stomach began to loosen up. I know there are several remedies for bloat, including drenching with a weak dish-soap solution, but I was so afraid to cause her any more distress that I finally went to bed hoping and praying for the best.
I really thought she might be gone when I went out Friday morning to do chores, but she was laying in there cuddled up with Bear, (who was feeling a little under the weather due to being a wether, he he, see what I did there), and she got up with a little bit of prodding from me.
By Saturday morning when I went out to milk Tulip, Star was waiting at the gate to her barn, looking at me with bright and shining eyes, ready to be let out! She was wagging her tail as she browsed, and her poop is finally totally normal and in a nice quantity. She is painfully thin to my eyes, and I'm thankful she was in such good flesh to begin with, or I can't imagine how thin she'd be.
|Eating sunflower seeds out of my shirt...|
This is the first time I've had to deal with a sick goat, other than the registered Kinder buck Luke getting coccidiosis and being wormy at the same time, and I don't like it much! It's pretty scary, and not fun, but such is all part of owning livestock. They do get sick and sometimes they die and it's all just part of the circle of life. I'm thankful that I have the opportunities to spend a lot of time with my girls and that way I can tell when something isn't right with them. Star never got bottle jaw, never got overly pale membranes (a little pale, but not drastic) never really had any symptoms other than being "off" and having a bit of a rough hair coat which could have been from the time of year. I just knew she didn't feel good and I'm glad shes feeling better!
I'll continue to monitor her condition and hope that after Bear and Fancy are weaned she will begin to put weight back on.
I'm very thankful she seems to be on the road to recovery at this time!
Till next time...