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Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 8, 2013
11:07 AM

Post #9442914

My friends goat gave birth to a couple of baby goats. They seem to be blind. But their eyes are very swollen.

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breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

March 10, 2013
6:35 PM

Post #9445195

id take them to a vet

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 10, 2013
7:31 PM

Post #9445261

Well one died and she was going to let the other one die too. So I rescued her and took her to the vet. She is blind, but did not need to be that way. The infection was to bad due to lack of care. So we are giving her antibiotic shots for the next 7 days, keeping neosporine on the eyes. I am bathing her eyes 3 times a day. I have also had her wormed. I fo back on Friday to see if they will remove her eyes.

We are calling her Mable. Now if I can just get my cats to accept her and my dog to stop acting like she is his personal play toy she should be just fine.

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

March 10, 2013
9:41 PM

Post #9445365

Dont think your friend should have animals. sounds like they both should have been put down.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2013
5:43 AM

Post #9445510

Who the owner's or the goat?

I have done a lot of research the past few days and blindness in goats is not a reason to put her down. I do think the owners should have no rights to raise animals however.
Mable will have a happy life with us. She will have playmates and a safe environment. I see no need to have her put down and neither did the vet.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

March 11, 2013
5:48 AM

Post #9445515

After all she does not know that she is supposed to be able to see...

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2013
5:57 AM

Post #9445520

Thanks porkpal. Why do people think you should put down a animal because it is disabled. My dog is already leading to be very careful with het. She is going to have an indoor kennel for safety at night and during the day she has a large dog run that we are going to add wheels to so I can move it around the yard. This way she will not hurt herself running into anything, and no animals can hurt her.
She walks backwards a lot. Then retraced her steps forward. I think she is teaching herself her areas. She seems to be very smart. I am starting to harness train her today. That way she will be safe when I take her places. Even one of my cats is starting approach her with friendliness, so I am tentatively optimist at this point.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2013
10:40 AM

Post #9445879

Blind animals often learn of adapt to their environment well. If you are willing to care for her I don't see a reason for your doeling to be put down either if she is otherwise healthy. She is now not a production or livestock animal--which would then be an economic decision and probably what breeindy meant =). If she were part of a large herd on the range things would be different. If I understand you correctly, your doeling is now a pet and so her condition is being judged by different standards. My goats will be livestock one day. I'm just building my herd so I've taken the liberty of naming a couple of the ones we will definitely be keeping for their genetics. I'm trying very hard not be become attached to the rest. They are know by their ear-tag numbers. It is hard to looking at things that was but I grew up with farmers so I do know what I'm getting into. I do give all of them the best care they can get.

By the way, there are special goat carts and harnesses. Might be fun to train her to pull a cart later on if everything works out. I've been dying to train one of mine to cart, but DH says I need to wait until I retire so I have more time for such things. LOL...he's probably right--but don't tell him. He'll get a big head.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2013
1:19 PM

Post #9446020

Thanks Terry, Mable is doing great. She is now chewing on everything in site. I got her a few chew toys, however she prefers my couch cover. I blow up her nose to discourage this. It is not working so great...LOL

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 11, 2013
2:00 PM

Post #9446070

Here is a pic. Of Miss Mable.

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 26, 2013
11:12 PM

Post #9463471

She is cute. Did the vet remove her eyes? What caused the infection?

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 29, 2013
9:47 PM

Post #9466428

Mable went to a specialist on Monday. They did a monogram and then told me it was not an infection. She was born with no eyes at all. What you see in the first few pictures is just rudimentary eye formation. They will have to be removed. Alas I don't have the finances for this, so I found a home for Mable with a veterinarian. She will have any and all surgery's at her me home.

I miss her already.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 1, 2013
7:53 AM

Post #9468499

Sorry to hear you can't keep her--but a BIG HOORAY for you as well! You found a good home for her where she will have a happy and comfortable life. You were a good goat mom.
Illig1
Redwood City, CA

April 1, 2013
4:56 PM

Post #9469096

Ditto!! Bless you for having such a big heart.

Mud_Elf

Mud_Elf
Elfie @ Goodwater,, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 1, 2013
7:12 PM

Post #9469239

Thanks for listening and for all the advice...

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