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Need help Pygmy Goat
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EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 06:52:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am going to try to put this nicely, yesterday pygmy goat was playing with our Great Pyr Halfpint. Well I think the pygmy goat may be in heat from the way Halfpint was acting, I don't know how to tell (remember I am an almost ready to graduate greenhorn). Halfpint is getting fixed Monday, and no Dennis is not doing it. Anyway Halfpint took Samson's leg in his mouth from the thigh part and pulled the leg up, and making this story short I put Halfpint back in his area, well Samson started limping and in the interim he went to scratch his eye with his sore leg and put the hoof right in his eyeball. She laid around for a few hours and than finally went out in the pasture, still limping. This morning she is not a happy camper, she usually does a dance of Joy for me well she just limped away. I can touch her leg but she lets me know that it is tender by the thigh area, her eye isn't red it just doesn't have a twinkle in it and it is running more than usual. Also she usually is not standoffish and this morning she is. She is eating. Do I call the vet, use horse linament on her leg, let nature take its course? Also should I get something for her eye at the co-op. I am quite upset because I do not like to see any critter hurting. Thanks for any help oh wonderful mentors!


A Man    Posted 10-20-2002 at 10:12:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
when I had goats with my cattle I never took one to the vet I doctor my self or it died of lead poising for a $20 goat you can not spend 30 at the vet that is my two cents


LH    Posted 10-19-2002 at 07:22:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's up to you EI, Our pygmy nanny got stepped on by a horse the other day, she's only walking on 3 legs but there is no apparent break or dislocation, so I suspect either a severe sprain, ro torn ligament. I called the vet but they said as I already suspected not much they can do unless there is a noticeable broken bone to mend. As for the eye problem, you might want to get some antibiotic eye ointment to put in to prevent any infection. If it were me, I would try to keep her somewhat confined either in a stall or smaller pasture area where she isn't going to be as active, or risk gettig steppedon or hurt further by another critter. Another suggestion is if you don't have a vet close to you, do yourself a favor and buy a Merk's Veterinary manual. They have a lot of info and tell you what to look for and how to treat many problems.


EIEIO    Posted 10-19-2002 at 08:10:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you Dr. LH, I do have a Veterinary Guide for Animal Owners but I was so upset when I saw poor Samson I just went to the best source that I knew which is this board. I am going to look into getting the Merk's Veterinary Manual. I have heard it mentioned several times in the past on this board. She is away from Halfpint which right now is about the only big critter we have. Halfpint has his own quarters and access to his own fenced pasture. Samson's bud the little sheep Peep just stands there and stares at her and cries. It is so sad. Thank you Thank you!


LH    Posted 10-19-2002 at 08:17:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
No problem, that's what we're here for.


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