Thursday 13 October 2011

Kicking Kate

You know what it's like going into the field the morning after a worrying night, I was worried this morning what I might find when I went to check on Kate.  Thankfully she seemed a little better, had a temperature of 100 and she ate a few crumbs of feed but she was still far from right.

Thankfully after the emergency on call vet yesterday, Sam Prescott my usual vet was able to come out this morning.  He is well aware of Kate's usual temperament so knew without even touching her that she was far from happy.

After a thorough going over from Sam, he has confirmed that she has a chest infection which is making her breathing harsh.  She obviously felt poorly during yesterday afternoon as sat down, got very wet and cold and maybe stuck.  He thinks that the temporary paralysis on the left side of her face was caused by her laying on the cold wet ground. 

She has had another antibiotic injection and I need to keep trying to get her to eat.  He has also suggested I wean her enormous cria Emery sooner rather than later even though she is still a way off 5 months she beginning to drain Kate and whilst she is ill that is not good.

I've just come back from checking on her, she has had a little hay but didn't want anything else but I will keep trying.  I maight actually let her out tomorrow (as long as it's not raining), and see if that lifts her spirits any as she hated being shut in.

She did actually try and kick out at me earlier today when I went to put her coat back on after the vet had left so she must be feeling a little better.  No sign of any spits yet though so we still have a long way to go.


Unknown said...

Fingers crossed that Kate's antibiotics kick in today...and that you get spat at very soon!

Rosemary said...

I am hoping for a big face full of spit for you later today - and I mean that in the nicest way possible!

lori said...

Hi Debbie -
I've been reading your blog for awhile now, keeping up on your adventures with your herd. My husband and I did the same thing back in 2004. Our herd size fluctuates. we've had as many as 22. Today we have 11, but we've been breeding for more crias next summer. Fingers crossed!
We also have a blog that covers aspects of farm life as well as the fleece products we make and import.
If you have the time, check us out. We're at:
Thanks - and keep up the good posts!

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Hope Kate is feeling much better soon, especially after her treatment from the vet.....lets hope she is back to herself very soon.....Jayne