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Handfeeding and hope

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Our month-long goat rollercoaster is on another downswing at the moment. Artemesia was doing much better, with the exception of serious weakness in her hind end, earlier in the week. So the vet prescribed selenium (for the weakness) and recommended trying to take her off the antibiotics.

Within 48 hours, she was back to circling as best she could on her wobbly hind legs. The vet, once again, was out of town, so we put her back on antibiotics, hand feeding, and hope. If you've got some of the latter to spare, please send it our way.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Been thinking of you all and hoping this is another one you can pull the baby out of !! Keep Calm - Press On!

Comment by Jayne Sat Feb 18 11:08:57 2017
Kind thoughts and positive energy are being sent your way. Ellen
Comment by Ellen Sat Feb 18 13:19:10 2017
Sending healing thoughts your way!
Comment by Rae Sat Feb 18 14:58:34 2017
It's not what we want to happen to our animals, especially when we go to such lengths to turn them around. I wonder though, if there's an issue with the kids, impacting her recovery? Do goats get blood problems, like women do, when they have a certain blood type mix with their unborn child? I forget what it's called, but it can be quite life threatening.
Comment by Chris Sat Feb 18 19:06:31 2017
I'm here hoping she gets better too. best of luck.
Comment by Becky Sun Feb 19 01:05:24 2017

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