the good and not so good...and the i am still not sure of.
Carol · Jul. 7, 2010
bob and ray rabbits did well with their neuters...amos the donkey, not so much. he has a minor bleeder going on...donkeys are prone to bleeding post surgically so i was somewhat surprized to come home for lunch and find amos in the field instead of locked down in a stall. the vet had wanted him out there until he fully woke up. he is locked down now and will stay in until he has good solid clot formation..which i am thinking will be at least 2 or 3 days.
good lord...we don't let our fresh post op human patients wander around...especially those with clotting issues...we make them take it easy and rest.
i don't think animals are much different than humans in this regard, we just expect more of them.
he also looked at the goats which i was afraid had lice again because their hair is falling out..he said there are no visible bugs to be seen and the skin looks too healthy for sarcoptic mange which they haven't been exposed to anyway. he said it is most likely allergies, and most likely something they are eating. we are to ivermec them all anyway just in case it is mites (they are due for worming anyway) and see how they look in a week.
ok...gotta go check on the donkey.
barn bedtime update.. looks like the bleeding on amos has pretty much stopped but he has not eaten any of his hay or his dinner. it will be a few days to ensure good clot formation..the vet checked back in and i said i thought he was doing ok as we just discussed his plan of care over the next few days...which basically is stall rest and watch him closely. he said to hold his pain meds tonight and start him on that and antibiotics tomorrow. if he doesn't eat by morning, i will call them out again.
ellie is not good. she did not get up today and i had a hard time getting her up for her dinner. her back is hunched and rounded...her trembling is strong enough to make the flab on her legs shake. i am pretty worried and i am not sure if it is just the third day and her damaged muscles are screaming or if she is starting to show spinal injury /neuro signs. i will check her again in the morning and if she is still not good and it is her spine the vet told me they could start her on high doses of steriods to try to reduce the swelling.
between amos and bailey, i wonder if some folks think i am over reacting and if they will continue to think that if ellie kicks off and dies or if bailey does get by some human and grabs an innocent goat..i have taken a fair share of 'poor bailey' and 'poor amos have to be confined' and not too much care and support for the other animals who live here and do have the absolute right to walk around their home without getting seriously hurt.
but there is a very good reason why i can safely manage the mixing of 140 animals of very different species with very few serious injuries...it is because i know what can happen and i try to take steps to minimize some of those really bad things....which is why bailey is not allowed to run the fence line and amos is to stay away from the other animals.
it is critically important that what i do to keep these animals safe is not undermined by others stretching the rules because of kinder and softer hearts than mine..it took me a very long time to learn to be tough enough to do what needs to be done around here...there are just somethings that are not open for negotiation and the safety of every single animal here ALWAYS comes first....full blown happiness in a totally perfect world for each animal, i will work on the best that i can..but to do it right and safely takes patience and time if you want to avoid a serious mistake.
i guess what i am asking is whether folks agree or not..or if they just think i am a total freak out waiting to happen over nothing...that everyone understands that these animals are only one person's lifelong, 24 hour a day, 365 day a year responsibility...and that would be me. so please bear with me while i try to do it the best way that i can.