This girl has taken us for a ride the last few weeks. She started showing us signs of being in distress. I thought, well maybe she’s in labor? She had vaginal discharge, looked uncomfortable, constantly pawing the ground and yawning. All normal signs of labor for goats. When nothing happened, I knew it was something else. And when she started to not eat like normal, I knew I had to get her to our vet. Plus, we needed an actual diagnosis for the lump on her throat that we suspected to be a iodine deficiency goiter.
Fortunately for us, we have a local veterinarian that also treats farm animals. He is a superb doctor and I absolutely love sending my animals to him. He knows his stuff! I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting some of his family members, who are kind and great people. He treated our mini pony when she had colic on a Sunday night at almost 11pm. He’s also the vet that has altered all of our pets. I trust them to the point that I just drop off and leave and wait for their phone call. The staff is always kind and do their best to get the information you ask. The doc is super busy and I don’t mind speaking to his assistants instead. I understand he has so many animals to treat and take care of. As long as my animals get treated well, I have no problem with the way they run their facility. Some people like to have one on one time with their pets vet, but I’m not particular about that. I just want a diagnosis, a resolve to the matter or plan under way.
I took Bonnie to get checked for pregnancy, parasites, infection and the lump on her throat. It turned out that Bonnie was not pregnant, she had a urinary tract infection and had Barber Pole Worms. The parasites caused the abscess on her throat to develop. They lanced the abscess, treated her for the worms and gave me an antiseptic medication for her UTI. We are very relieved to hear she is not pregnant. The barn is still getting permitted by the county and state and so we would be completely unprepared for receiving kids. It would have been a total mess! Besides, I think she is done with breeding. She looks much older, which is ok for us. I may be wrong, and it doesn’t really matter to us anyway. Our goats will have plenty to do for us come Spring when all the weeds start to pop up! She has a home with us for the rest of her life if that’s the case. Bonnie has become my favorite goat. She is super sweet and easy to handle.
The Barber Pole worms explain why sometimes her lump looked smaller in the evening and the next morning double in size.
I’m really glad I went with my gut instinct and took her in to get checked out. The pole worms could have easily killed her in just a few days. Thankfully it’s not a parasite that can be spread from goat to goat. It is passed through infected pastures. Wherever she was before had the infestation in their pasture. Our goats are due to be dewormed here soon so I’m not worried about the others.
Thank goodness we finally got answers about Bonnie! She’s on the road to recovery and the mystery is now over!
Until next time, God Bless!