She has miscarried her baby.. Tuesday morning when I looked out before chores she had a wet tail and goopy strings of fluid.It was brownish in color Never a good sign.So a sweet goatie friend brought me what I needed. I also started giving her an herbal tea mixture of Shepherd's Purse, Red Raspberry, Black Cohosh, Cinnamon and Cayenne. Plus all the Vit C she will eat, B-complex(orally) and Biomycin(antibiotic). About 6 hours after giving Antibiotics I have given her Probiotics to help her rumen function through all this. I also have given her molasses water for energy. She will basically be a pin cushion for the next few days. After I pulled the kid I put in a solution of Saline and Biomycin Directly into the uterus. In searching for a solution for one of my others I came across this. It will be sloshed around as her uterus contracts and hopefully kill any other infection of bacteria that may grow.
Then we had to pull out the big guns.. Oxytocin and Lutalyse. Their bodies naturally produce Oxytocin when the baby is making its way into position or when they are nursing. It makes the udder contract. Lutalyse makes the Cervix open and expels whatever is in there. It can take up to 36 hours to work. I absolutely HATE to give either one of these even though the body produces both.. But a circumstance like this calls for it. Ethel is very special to us..
Some of the natural stuff works like these but it will help balance too. I combine both conventional and some natural alternatives. Most of the natural things listed are for infections and female parts.
Despite Ethel's size I think she was only carrying one. I could only feel placenta and nothing that felt like babies. I never got any bright red blood either and that's a good thing because that means no tearing in the uterus or cervix. However if she doesn't pass it tomorrow then I will be calling my vet that is an hour away.
the baby hadn't been dead very long and wasn't decaying. I think this is what they would call a Spontaneous abortion or miscarriage with no real reason. The culprit is most likely Selenium deficiency. I will be giving her a second shot BoSe after about a week unless I can get some oral gel. And she is not getting so much poked into her.
I went to check on her for the last time tonight and this is what I found...
April is the Brown goat and Ethel the one facing the camera.
Its like April knew something was wrong.
This is our poor Ethel..
She is still chewing her cud and is warm enough.
We have been sitting with her,petting and talking.
She will lean her head on us and fall asleep.
She was nibbling on hay when I left her earlier.
I will check on her again about 5am..
I am trying to be patient and let the meds do what they are suppose too..
NOT for the weak of stomach!!!!
She would have been a pretty little baby.
You could see where she would have had spots.
But at 6-7 weeks early there was no chance.
Nothing wrong with her that you can see anyway...
We will have to continue treatment on Ethel of some degree for at least 7-10 days. Its kind of a waiting game right now for her to finish passing the afterbirth. If she makes it through this without going into depression or some kind of stress she should heal up to breed next fall after a good long break and getting healed up...
Now to figure out why Sasha wont settle and April keeps coming in heat every 7-14 days.. I have a few ideas but it will take Vet trip to confirm it..Ugh... April Does NOT travel well!!
I am off to bed to catch up on sleep.. I still have Half of the truffles made up and NO sugar cookies!! Maybe I will get Kyla and Kara going on that tomorrow while me and Candice take care of Ethel..
Good night everyone....