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goat injury
May 31, 2011
11:08 pm
Big Chicken
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Not sure if this has been addressed anywhere – if it has, please direct me. My little pygmy goat got pushed off the deck and got his ankle caught between the top of the deck and the bottom of the rail. I think he might have broken it – not sure since I didn't want to push too bad. I did a small cast – not too tight. He's eating and drinking and hobbling around – not putting weight on it but doing ok. I'm really sorry but I can't afford a vet right now due to the cost. This would be a minimum of $500 and can't do that. I followed advice and straightened it. He does put it on the ground so wondering if maybe it just ended up sprained.

Please don't judge – if he would have broken the skin, yes, we would have been to the vet in a heartbeat but it wasn't. I had another goat that did the same thing and he was fine within the day – just wondering what to watch for.

June 1, 2011
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I think you did just fine, just keep checking for swelling and pain.

June 1, 2011
5:52 am
Suzanne McMinn
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bubbashome, I totally understand, there's not always money laying around and vets can be so expensive.  I'm impressed with what you did on your own!  I'd just keep watching him closely for any change in behavior that tells you he's in trouble, otherwise, tending on your own is what farmers have always done.

Clover made me do it.

June 1, 2011
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Suzanne, your reply was great!

Don't cry because it's over—smile because it happened!

June 1, 2011
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No judgement here either bubbashome.  You can also run cold water over it (if the cast you made is removable) to keep swelling down and to help sooth pain too.  My animals rarely fight such things, and even horses in a lot of pain will relax with a cold stream of water running over a sore leg.  Drop their heads, cock their hip and relax with the relief of it.  (actual ice may be too cold)

I just got through soaking some wounds on one of my cats' legs last week, she either got caught on something sharp or in a fight.  She's up to date on shots and there wasn't too much swelling or pain, but she tolerated soaking in hot Epson-salts water very well for several days.  They seem to know you're doing your best to help even if they are a cat and don't like water! 

He should find cold water very soothing and will probably like the attention too. 

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