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New Baby reindeer to my herd

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  1. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    3rd vet visit for Belle today, this time a different vet, with a different strategy. I am hoping he can pull her around as she has been fading rapidly and her weight loss is quite scary.
    She has little interest in food or being with the herd. Confined she just lays down (and gives up), so it is better for her to be out with the others and taking the odd mouthful of grass or browse..

    Today, she has had an antibiotic paste via catheter into uterus and rather than the long acting antibiotic injections she is now on a daily dose and Metacam every 2-3 days.
    Keep her in your thoughts, as I am not convinced she has enough fight in her to get her through this battle.
  2. -Mir85-

    -Mir85- Living Forum Legend


    I hope the new treatment will work better.
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  3. joanc123

    joanc123 Forum General

    Karen, both you and Belle are in our thoughts and sending prayers that this new Vet has the right stuff.
  4. Brookeham

    Brookeham Forum Freak

    Sending prayers for Belle..and you.:inlove: This must be very difficult. Maybe try the dogs, or kitty to keep Belle company and her mind off things.
  5. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    Prayers going up, Karen.
  6. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 All knowing Oracle

    That is such sad news to think she might be giving up!!:cry: I hope and pray this new medicine will make her feel better
    and she will start to turn around! I know you are giving your all to help her just remember to also take care of yourself!
    Thoughts and prayers for you both!:inlove:
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  7. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Duke

    So sad to hear your news.:cry: I am keeping you both in my thoughts and hope that Belle starts to recover.
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  8. Shimmer

    Shimmer Exceptional Talent

    I'm so sorry to hear that Belle is not doing well. I had hoped that no news was good news, and she was getting better.
    I will be thinking of her.
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  9. baw815

    baw815 Forum Ambassador

    I don't want Belle to give up!!!!! :cry: :(

    Feel better Belle. Go Belle, Go. :D
  10. farmlily3

    farmlily3 Forum Freak

    It's so sad to hear about Belle.:cry: Poor thing!:inlove: Having had a 'near-death experience' from an unmedicated 'posterior' birth of my 2nd child, I can understand what she is going through.:(:cry:

    sanddollar15 has expressed my feelings as well, and I hope you will be able to take as good care of yourself as you do your magnificent herd!! You are their "Leader"...and 'Head Honcho'!!:)
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  11. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    The babies had all got the hang of what to do in the paddling pool this morning (even if that included piddling in it).
    Casper got his sun visor fitted yesterday but despite having the largest antlers of the white babies he manages to dislodge it regularly.
    Fly repellent isn't working beyond 20 minutes, as ever [​IMG]:(.
    All herd confined for a hosing -they don't like it.
    I went to retrieve the lichen and apple lollipops I had made for just this weather from the large chest freezers in shed - oh joy it had broken down and a slimey mess of rotted meat and reindeer "lollipops". Must admit I closed the lid and will tackle it the day before bin day (with Vick up my nose)!
    Belle, again today is eating, so I am feeling a little happier. She still has a discharge but maybe??? not as much. I am a little more hopeful than I was.
    I don't want to post a photo of her on their FB page as a main picture (that's how I can easily Share here), but once a Follower asks I can bury in text and will Share with you. She is very thin but her eyes are bright now?
    Edit, Belle
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
  12. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 All knowing Oracle

    Oh, bless her heart! She is thin, BUT at least she is out with the herd and hopefully they can help pick her spirit up! :) Hoping
    the Medicine is finally doing what needs to be done! Keeping thoughts and prayers for you both!:inlove:
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  13. Lilaclady

    Lilaclady Forum Duke

    Bless her, at least if she is showing an interest in food now that it is a good sign. Being out with the rest of the herd might make her feel better as well. I am keeping my fingers crossed that she is on the road to recovery.
  14. Willow

    Willow Commander of the Forum

    So happy Belle is eating! That is always a good sign. Prayers continuing!

    :wuerg: Too bad about the freezer; I sympathize. I had to clean mine out after the hurricane last year. Had to wait two weeks until I had water - way too long for the smell factor!:eek:
  15. baw815

    baw815 Forum Ambassador

    Go Belle, Go!!!!!!!!! :D

    I am not sure it is helping, but hey, she is doing better. :inlove:
  16. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    Belle update. Vet was back from his course today so I had him out to do another uterine "flush". He says her uterus feels much better. :) To continue until Sunday with daily antibiotic injections and then we will withdraw and see if her own immune system can combat anything that is left. He has warned that she may be infertile but he thinks she will pull through as she is eating well now. :)

    Time to admit I was wrong about Summer coats of white babies! Never having had one before I presumed they would be white as all the pigment I could see was pink but Luna has started to moult out baby coat and she has obvious patches of grey. I have contacted another "white" owner of an adult and he says that his is also grey patches in summer - phew!
    The entire boys' antlers are starting to look good and still a little growing time to go.
    This is Frodo, hiding from the flies in the field shelter.
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  17. -Mir85-

    -Mir85- Living Forum Legend

    Wow that is an impressive set of antlers!

    Glad to hear Belle is doing better :)
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  18. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 All knowing Oracle

    Maybe the grey undercoat is natures way of protecting their skin from the sun! Just a thought!
    Wow is right Mir, those are some wonderful antlers on the boy who at one time was oh so thin (Karen got him that way for those who do not know the story);) Just look at him now!:inlove::inlove: I am hoping Belle will continue to improve and get better poor baby!
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  19. BoHoKaren

    BoHoKaren Forum Demigod

    For all that didn't see Frodo when he came to join me 18 months ago... He is a different boy now:)
    Same boy 18 months later.. :)
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  20. sanddollar15

    sanddollar15 All knowing Oracle

    Karen I just LOVE the after picture of Frodo! Simply amazing!:inlove::inlove:

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