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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

St. Pants

We've come full circle with Pants. For the past two weeks we were noticing a bit of listlessness. Then when he ignored food, we were certain more was going on. All sorts of efforts resulted in temporary hope, but last night he took a turn for the worse.
Pants was a favorite to everyone.
He was a sweet boy that even the little folk could be near.
He will be so missed.
Newborn Pants with Zola and brother Grant.
Days old in the field
Pants this spring, babysitting the bucklings.


Linda Myers said...

So sorry.

Ray955 said...

Sad news, sorry.

Roxie said...

So sorry to hear about this. I almost lost a couple of my older does this summer. Heavy duty worming only helped some. I added Copper Sulfate to their drinking water and treated them with injection B vitamins. They pulled out of their anemia and are doing super now.

Deere Driver said...

Thanks for the kindness.

Pants is a mystery to us. For three or four days, I thought it would be his last, but then he would improve for a while and our hopes went back up. He got love and belly massages from all of us, trying to help him get going again.

The last day or so his stools were not "pebbles" but tarry and had what seemed like hard seeds in it. With four stomachs and the length of time we noticed his listlessness, he could have gotten into a bush of something a while ago and it took this long to take him down.

When I wormed him, there seemed brief relief, but then the eating stopped. Then we were in trouble. Yogurt and pro-biotic supplement got the stools going, but he was not urinating. But yesterday morning he was back on his feet and walking outside again. He seemed comfortable. Last night for his last dose, he was back to grinding teeth and obviously uncomfortable, but I prayed it was passing through him with the yogurt and all would be well.

Meanwhile, tonight Trinity came in on three legs! We don't see a wound, but it is a bit tender near the foot. It doesn't slow down.

Roxie said...

Goats are so hardy for the most part and thrive on what intuitively seems unlikely, but when they get sick, they REALLY get sick. I think it is because they hide it so well in the early stages. Such subtlety in the symptoms.