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My poor Rue! Remember to keep benadryl on hand!

Discussion in 'Everything Else Goats' started by Goat Whisperer, Sep 18, 2019.

  1. Sep 18, 2019
    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Herd Master

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    My poor sweet little Rue! Monday morning I am out doing chores and I see Rue, my Nigerian dwarf doeling standing there..... First thing I notice is that her ears are swollen and hanging down. I scoop her up and take her out of the field (this are has 20 bottle babies, impossible to take a good look at a goat with everyone crowding you). I take a step back to examine her and see has many swollen welts along her belly and her tail was so swollen it was 3x it's normal size. Half of her "udder" was so swollen it looked like it was engorged with milk. Clearly an allergic reaction to some type of bug bite/sting. My poor girl looked miserable, but still had a good appetite. I get a weight on her and go to the goat med cabinet for some liquid Benadryl. Well crap. It's expired and I didn't realize how little I had left in the bottle! That is NOT like me, I always try to make sure we are fully stocked! Thankfully there was enough to give her a full dose. It seemed to be helping, but I was still worried about her.
    Of course she started getting sleepy, which had me even more worried. Is it the meds or is she getting worse?! I ended up spending most of the day outside keeping an eye on her. I ended up picking up a few more bottles and gave her another dose. Thankfully the following morning she was back to her usual self.

    So, just a reminder- check your goat cabinet and make sure you have some benadryl on hand :) I am now keeping a big bottle for the farm and one packed in my "show bag". With copperhead season ramping up I can't believe it slipped my mind.

    Here's sweet Rue, a few hours after I gave her some meds. Swelling went down tremendously and her ears were starting to perk back up. IMG_4398.JPG
     
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  2. Sep 18, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Herd Master

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    Good advice! And, good that you are a very observant goat servant, lol!
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2019
    CntryBoy777

    CntryBoy777 Herd Master

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    Glad it turned out okay for ya!!.....we keep it for Gabbie, Calli, and the grandkids visits....cause ya just never know when ya might need it.....:hugs...:)
     
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  4. Sep 18, 2019
    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    I keep Benadryl on hand, along with baby aspirin and Arnicare pills. It’s my go-to for snake bite. Glad you had Benadryl on hand for that emergency!
     
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  5. Sep 26, 2019
    Latebloomerar

    Latebloomerar Chillin' with the herd

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    She's a pretty baby! Glad she is better.
     
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