Monty visited the vet in Braidwood a couple of weeks ago.
X-rays of his front legs and close inspections revealed that he does not have any arthritis (yet) but he does have a sore spot just above his hoof on the right front leg.
The vet said his problem is being too big (not fat, just big) and his legs are getting deformed as a result. He got put on a course of Cartrophen to lubricate his joints and that seems to make a difference but then we went back to see the farrier who put some special horse shoe polymer on his hoof. That made an immediate difference. Time will tell if this solution helps him long term but for now he is much much happier!
Meanwhile another worm check came back to show Tag and Monty’s load to be 0 and Pilly’s to be 60. Some may be due to the fact that Tag and Monty’s samples we a couple of days in the bag and on/off in the sun but will repeat in a few weeks
After worming them 4 days ago, then again 2 days ago, I moved the goats to fresh paddock today. To further avoid them infesting themselves with worms we also built them a hay rack. They seem to like it.
Will worm them again in 2 weeks and get them tested again. Hopefully better results.
In other news, Miley fellin the creek in Bungendore today. Totally my fault. She was shaking her head for a while but seemed fine otherwise. I gave her a rinse when we got home and later I put 3-4 drops of swimmer’s ear drops from the chemist in her ears. Hopefully no infections 😦
tge goats looked fine but after discussions with breeders about rotating paddocks, which we font do o tot the it poi tester and to my horror their worm count came back really high, around 2000 per g.
I started giving them : ACV in the water, livamol and sea week in a dish. They seem to like the livamol. I tried 1/4 teaspoon of copper sulphate which they didn’t take. Put some on their gums once.
Plan us now to drench twice 48 hrs apart then move to clean paddock another 48 later.
Calculated their weight using heart girth x heart girth x shoulder to hip length / 300. This is done in inches and gives you weight in pounds. Tag and minty came to about 75kg, Pilly at 25. She got 7.5 ml of Caprinec the others got 20. Did that yesterday. Tomorrow second drenching. 10 days after that I’ll re-test them and 2 weeks from tomorrow I’ll re-drench.
Tag and Monty got drenched with Caprimec today. Monty got about 13 ml, he spat half so I had to give him some more, and Tag got 23-24 ml.
In other news the cophos arrived for the llamas. The bottle does not take the gun do we put the gun needle onto a syringe with a screw top. It worked OK, but the dose is 10 ml per 150 kg animal and our syringe was 3 ml so jabbing them 3 times wasn’t fun.
Anyway, Connie got at least 8 ml, Carol, Renata and Reba 6. It was a spit fest so I didn’t do anyone else.
I also changed the guinea pigs bedding… Not very interesting but I want to see how long it lasts. Babies due soon.