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Goats, gripes, and grasping for greatness
Hope sucks, but sometimes it pushes you through to win 
24th-Sep-2013 02:18 pm
Chuck marathon
Back last month, Cerryl-goat died on August 2nd from acute anemia. By the weekend of the 17th, I was expecting Pan to die, too. But even then, I wouldn't give up. I squirted "cookie dough" (fat and sugar mix) down Pan's throat daily for a week. Achaosofkittens dosed Pan with the last-ditch dewormer and cookie dough while I was off on vacation. On a mostly-regular basis, Achaosofkittens and Quixotic_Goat helped me give Pan direct shots of iron and B vitamins. I fed Pan extra hay, ProBios, copper-laced mineral mix, and baking soda. I even moved him onto the front lawn for a weekend of fresh, non-pooped-on grass. Eventually, he ended up in the pen with the baby girls eating baby food (and getting beaten up by Ginger).

The vet came out yesterday to bless the goats that are going to the Shenandoah and Rhinebeck shows. He also checked on Pan and expressed his pleased surprise that Pan looked "so good." The vet pulled blood from Pan to check his numbers to prove that he is doing as well as he looks. I got a call from the vet office today: Pan's total hematic count/packed cell volume is over 20 (24 is healthy) and his total protein is over 5 now (6-7 is healthy). For comparison's sake, Pan's numbers on August 28th - PCV was 8 and TP was 3. (Cerryl died at 7/4.)

I think we can declare a win.

Now Pan just has to blow his stressed-and-shedding coat out, re-grow some nice hair, and gain some weight. I need to trim his toenails and clean his dirty rear end. Or maybe his shedding will take care of the dirty parts. Either way, I'm just happy he is alive and thriving again.
24th-Sep-2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad Pan is doing better.
24th-Sep-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
25th-Sep-2013 05:22 am (UTC)
Yay! That was a lot of work, and it worked!
25th-Sep-2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that it turned out to be a recovery rather than a downslide. Yay for fuzzies!
25th-Sep-2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yay for fuzzies indeed. How is your little surprise yakling?
28th-Sep-2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Baby monster turned out to be a boy, somewhat frustratingly. 3/3 boy babies is a little irritating, as we have too many boys as it is and need to move some on down the road. Sigh. Daven and I also spent a couple of hours putting up grid fencing to keep short stuff in the front pasture, rather than skittering over next door. We've got another 60' or so to tie in place, but hopefully will finish that sooner rather than later so we can leave the driveway gate open again. When we first got yaks, the fellow we bought them from talked about various stages of farming, and that there was a stage that involved a lot of baling twine. We are clearly in that stage, as the heavy duty staples that I'd put the fencing up with last year were handily defeated by determined yaks, and it is a lot easier to tie a knot than continue to put holes into the wooden fence.

...He's good. Adorable and curious. Currently unnamed (see: too many boys) since we don't know how he is going to be dealt with. I can answer questions, honest. :)
25th-Sep-2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad he's doing better.
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