Moon has made some strides forward. I managed to get about 16oz of electrolytes down her yesterday evening, continued giving her fluids subcutaneously (yes, TB- sub-q is the short hand, thank you for clarifying that for other readers), and spent a lot of time sitting on the concrete floor of the laundry room with her.
This morning, Moon stood up on her own without wobbling when I walked into the laundry room. She is also eating. While this is HUGE, she’s not out of the woods yet. She has not been drinking on her own (I keep an eye on the water line- it’s marked). Oh, she’ll dip her muzzle into the water, but doesn’t drink. Which has led me to some thoughts…
We are not exactly sure how old Moon is. From her teeth, she looks to be a yearling- but I’m no expert. We’ve been stringing together some other behaviors that have caused us to pause.
When Moon first got here with the other pygoras, she tried to nurse on Maddie. Yeah, that didn’t go over well and Moon never tried it again. Maddie only offered to kick just once. Offering is all it took to get her point across.
Moon’s eyes were also blue, a pale, crystal blue. Now, they’re sort of an amber gold color.
Moon wants to suck on the dosing syringe like it’s a nipple to a bottle.
Moon is about half the size and weight of the other goats.
When I add all these things together, it seems as though she’s not very old, doesn’t it? Add in her “special” quality, and we wonder if she’s younger than we think or if she’s inbred or just a case of bad breeding all together. I mean, she has poor conformation to begin with.
If she’s not drinking or doesn’t know how to drink out of a bucket (puddle, etc- many ways she could get water without nursing), how come it’s taken this long for there to be a problem?
If there’s some sort of genetic retardation or other underlying genetic issue, am I doing her a disservice by continuing her life? Or, is this something that’s going to happen again? Am I keeping her on life support essentially when Nature was attempting to take it’s course and weed out the weak and sickly? Is it ethical? Am I doing the right thing? Where would you draw the line? Why or why not?
Anyways, I have company coming from out of state bright and early tomorrow morning. I’ve got a house to clean as cleaning was put on hold for Moon, a goat to sit with so she doesn’t feel lonely and about 5 days worth of things to squeeze into the next 20 hours. I’ll update ya’ll about Moon when I get a minute and as changes worth reporting occur.