Monday, March 30, 2015

Totally unexpected


My llama girl, Kai, is sick.
It has been fifteen days since I noticed the first symptoms. During this time, I've had two vets out - one small town vet and one llama specialist vet - and, despite the specialist vet, Dr. Jones, finding an acute ear infection, the treatment hasn't been effective and we have yet to help Kai feel better.

Dr. Jones has now recommended that I take Kai to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, about an hour and a half away, for a full examination.  OSU apparently has the only endowed professor in the United States specializing in Camelid medicine and Dr. Jones feels he (Dr. Cebra and his veterinary student team) will be able to give me a definitive diagnosis.

Kai's current status is that she continues to exhibit signs of pain, is listless and has - as of today - started refusing her beloved Mazuri llama pellets that she gets every morning for breakfast.

So here I sit now, waiting for Dr. Jones to call me and give me the thumbs up that Kai's case has been accepted at the university, at which point she and I will begin our journey south.

If you have any good thoughts and wishes to spare, my sweet girl could sure use them today.




26 comments:

  1. Danni, Kai could have ulcers. You could start her on GastroGard (omeprazole) it comes in a syringe like Ivermectin does. Each click is for 50 pounds body weight. You should dose her daily for at least five days. Llamas are subject to stress. Stressed llamas get ulcers. Ulcers kill llamas. Kai is an only llama whose world has been upset with the arrival of your new donkey. This might be a response to that. Good luck and love to Kai.

    Marty in North Carolina

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    1. I thought it might have something to do with the arrival of Buttercup too, but couldn't think of what it would manifest into. I hate it when our furry babies are sick.

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  2. I am praying now that you will have a safe trip and the doctors will find what is wrong and will be able to fix her up right away. prayers for peace of mind for you to... she is a beautiful girl and my heart hurts to think she is hurting. I forgot, i should also pray they accept her and do it now.

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  3. Good thoughts coming your way and hoping they can find out what is wrong with her....marsha@tubbslanefarm.com

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  4. I'm on your team sending huge love to you and Kai and holding you both in my heart! XOXO

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  5. Sending prayers and loving thoughts of healing to the beautiful Kai.

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  6. You have my good thoughts and wishes as does your sweet Kai. Hope you hear soon and have a safe trip.
    RGds,
    Reamus

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  7. Sending all the positive thoughts, prayers and energy to your girl.so hard to our furry friends sick and in pain,I hope the University gets back to you quickly.

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  8. i am soooo sorry to hear this. i hope sweet kai will be better soon! i hate it when our babies get sick!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear this. You and she will definitely have my thoughts and prayers.

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  10. I love Kai so much, I am totally sending her my big big huge love. It is so hard when our creatures are ailing because they let us know they are out of sorts, but can't tell us exactly where it hurts or how they feel. Hugs to you too Danni

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  11. I hope they can figure out her issue quickly and get her on the road to recovery!

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  12. What I know about Llamas is probably wrong: I've never even seen one! But I'm pulling for Kai and wishing you a safe trip together.

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  13. Oh poor Kai. I'm rooting for you girl.

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  14. Good thoughts and hoping Kai gets better soon.

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  15. Holding you both in my thoughts. Speedy recovery for Kai and your heart. Scary when they can't tell us what is wrong.

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  16. I am thinking of Kai and you today and hoping all goes well with the trip to the specialist and the diagnosis.

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  17. Sending oodles of good thoughts for everyone's favorite llama (and owner). Marty and Janet may be on to something re: sibling rivalry with Buttercup's arrival. Animals often are like small children and get very jealous when the parent's attention is diverted to someone else.

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  18. Ana Sanga de BrochaApril 1, 2015 at 2:16 AM

    Kai will be well. Healing love to you both.

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  19. I am sending you both positive energy and good thoughts. And for Kai an extra dose of positive healing energy and healing thoughts. A big hug for you, Danni

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  20. Sending healing thoughts and wishes from Scotland. And strength for this worrying time.

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  21. I am very sorry, I hope she is better soon! Safe travels and good luck at the vet.

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  22. Oh, dear Kai. Please get well. You are too loved and it's not time to leave.

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