Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Tough day for the goats, but the donkey is smiling!

Sorry for not posting sooner... the past week was nuts. Speaking of nuts...


Poor Kevin and Geoff were finally neutered today. In the above pic, the vet was giving Kevin his anaesthesia, and my friend Luc was helping hold Kevin still while the co-op student watched the back end.


It didn't take long for the drugs to take effect. I learned today that goats are very sensitive to these drugs and can even have a bad reaction and die. Fortunately Kevin and Geoff came through with flying colours.

I will spare you the gory pictures I took!


Geoff was propped up against a bale of hay while he comes out of it, so that he stayed upright. He would have been prone to bloat if he'd been laying on his side.

Bambi also got knocked out and had her horns trimmed. (Sorry for the blood in the photo on the boys' "operating table"!)


Her last owner debudded her improperly, so her horns continued to grow, curling around into her head. She will have to have them trimmed periodically for the rest of her life.


Saul, who is already gelded, was just glad it wasn't his turn today!

Kevin and Geoff are staying in the box stall to heal up for the next few days, and I have to give them a daily shot of penicillin. I am getting pretty good at giving needles to animals!

Hope you're all having a great week. Better than Kevin and Geoff's, anyway!



15 comments:

  1. Glad the boys are OK, but I'm with Saul on this one!!

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  2. never, EVER knew goat nuts were so...erm...HUGE.

    big enough for TWO casseroles.

    ew.

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  3. wow, the work never ends...but, so worth it, for all of those lovely creatures.

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  4. Saul, the gelding, looks as though he's smirking or gloating. In East Africa, I assisted in several neutering and even a cat's spaying. Glad that Geoff and the others are doing well. Have a great day. Jo

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  5. It all has to be done ! I had helped the vet years ago on our farm with our own male animals it's not as bad as it looks they feel nothing . Hope all heal and feel better soon . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. "it's not as bad as it looks".

      Huh. That's what I told my wife after watching her give birth. I think I got a slap. Ask the poor goat with the high-piched voice how bad it was.

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    2. Who told you 'they feel nothing'? Female wishful thinking perhaps?

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  6. Whoa. So I guess life on the farm isn't just skipping around in gingham, scattering feed to photogenic hens.

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    1. Ha! You win the internet today, Marty. :)

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  7. Ya by comparison I'm having a great week but these guys will be fine by Christmas.

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  8. That is a big loss, judging from the first photo.

    These guys have got balls! (Well... they did have).

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  9. looks like Saul gets the last laugh

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  10. It's a shame Kevin and Geoff weren't neutered when they were babies. It's not as hard on them as it is an adult. The picture of Saul does look like he is smirking at the fate of the poor goats. Glad to hear they are doing well. The shot giving does get easier the more you do it. Have a great week.

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  11. Saul has a very saucy grin!

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  12. Is Saul smiling at the misery of his neighbours? He can be such an ass.

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!