So little Oogie is still with us. When he was three days old his breathing became difficult. I started him on penicillin injections, but then his left eye became quite white. I switched him to oxytetracycline to cover other organisms I thought could cause pneumonia and keratoconjunctivitis. My vet wasn’t available until the following Monday, and I did not want to bring him to the other vets in the office for this problem as I have had them make disparaging comments about trying to save young livestock. His behavior and breathing improved, but his eye became more swollen although less opaque. So I finally got to see our vet Monday, and he feels he went septic with pneumonia and an infection of his eye globe itself. So he switched us to penicillin and Naxcel (a cephalosporin antibiotic) as well as chloramphenicol eye ointment. He thinks the eye will improve dramatically with this, and that delayed colostrum intake was the reason behind all of this. He does not think there is an underlying anatomic problem. Not much has changed since then except now he has diarrhea for which I am starting probiotics. He continues to be more active all the time and eating better, so it looks like he’ll make it after his very rough start. So now I can start getting attached (I was trying not to before but not sure I was successful).
Next on the hit parade, I am going to administer mineral boluses to my pregnant ewes. I am dreading this because these boluses look huge to me, and I am not sure how I am going to get them down the gullets of my sheep without choking them. They are designed for 6 weeks old lambs so they should go down our adult sheep OK. Wish me luck with this!
Tonight we get to restart the nighttime barn checks as the ewes and remaining pregnant does are due to deliver as well as some rabbit does too. We are getting up every three hours to feed Oogie anyway, but it is harder when you have to get dressed and go out in the cold to the barn. I was going to sleep in the hay loft this year but with a bottle fed goat in the house it doesn’t make any sense. The baby monitor is charged up and get ready for some serious sleep deprivation!