Scruffy coat, anemic goat
Good news! Artemesia is pregnant. I've been feeling under her belly right in front of her udder like Karla
suggested...feeling nothing. Then, Monday morning, a kick! Actually,
Artemesia's little parasite(s) were very rambunctious that morning,
kicking repeatedly...which is handy since I might have otherwise
considered that first movement a fluke. So now I can go back to
wondering what sex, what color, and how many.
The bad news is,
Artemesia is no longer in tip-top health. About a week ago, I started
noticing her fur losing its shine and a bit of dandruff cropping up.
Granted, both of our goats are also shedding their winter fur at the
moment, which gives them a bit of a scruffy look...but Artemesia just
looked scruffier than she ought. A peek at her inner eyelids determined that they were quite a bit paler than Abigail's, a sure sign of anemia and a likely sign of worms.
four days, Artemesia's fur started shining again. But her eyelids still
aren't as bright as Abigail's. I'm kicking myself for not looking at
Artemesia's eyelids when she seemed in tip-top health since individual
goats can have different baselines. Instead, I'm ordering some chemical
dewormer just to be on the safe side...and I'm also going to pull out
our microscope and see if I can get an assessment of worm load in her
poop. Mark's going to love our dinner-table conversations this week....
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