Wednesday, June 24, 2009
So, maybe you are wondering how Pete the baby goat's cough is doing?
About a week and a half ago, both goat boys received a 3 day course of antibiotics during which time Pete's cough lessened somewhat. Unfortunately, it returned with a vengeance this last weekend. Another call to my small town vet was in order and, this time, we decided that a worming medicine appropriate for the treatment of lung worm would be in order. Goats naturally get worms, a number of different kinds, and need to be regularly de-wormed to keep them healthy:
While my property is neither low-lying, nor does it have the standing water that frequently accompanies this particular diagnosis, the nagging cough that is brought on by activities such as jumping, running, etc., makes it a strong possibility.
You can imagine how happy I was that the treatment didn't include a needle this time. It's a squirt-in-the-mouth type of application:
My son, Aidan, vet assistant for the day, promised the boys each a cookie if they took their medicine without fuss:
Reggie, appreciating anything that goes into his mouth, had no problem going first:
Pete took his medicine like a big boy, too, and even asked me for a bit more:
Pete then climbed onto Aidan's lap and promptly had a coughing fit. Since his mouth was already open from the coughing, he also took the opportunity to yawn. You can tell here that Aidan wasn't quite sure what was coming next:
Reggie thought the whole display was just ridiculous:
Ultimately, both boys were unanimously unimpressed by the whole thing. Pete quickly went to his bench to take a rest:
And after a minute, Reggie climbed on, too. It was nap time:
We'll worm them again today and tomorrow and hope this finally addresses Pete's cough.