Upside is I figured out the camera deal. I really like the zoom feature and I wasn't ready to pay nearly $100 more for a camera that w as waterproof and shock proof , but took poorer quality pictures, so I had settled on the Lumix with the 20X zoom, and a really good case to protect it. Then I went online and found a Lumix waterproof that was way cheaper , still poorer zoom, but without a lot of the bells and whistles the expensive one had (that I didn't want , seriously GPS on a camera?? not that technical thanks)
Now that t he camera issue is solved, or soon to be ,what else is new? Not much, it has been cold , and with the cold I am in the house a lot more, and when I am inside, what do I do ? yup I think!!!
A situation the other night brought to mind an issue so bear with me , we are headed for a ramble again.
Went to see my cousin on Sunday , and when I got home I had a panicked call from the neighbor, crying and saying "you have to come ! its an emergency! bring formula and a bottle!" Which translates to bring colostrum for a calf and a calf bottle. Because I know this gal gets pretty worked up, I asked a few questions first, and long story short , she had a heifer calve, they had to assist it as it was a very large calf (poor choice of bull) and the heifer then prolapsed. The vet was called to repair the prolapse and sew up the cow. All of this happened at around 2 pm . I got the call at 6:30 ,so you can imagine, a snappy cold day -15 C was a pretty bad time to be a brand new soaking wet critter without momma doing her job, and not on particularly good bedding. With that info , I also grabbed the tube feeder , because I figured the little tyke wasn't gonna have the stuffin's to suck a bottle . She had the calf in the house by then and we did what we could for it . I did tube it , and gave it a shot of vitamins and selenium ( we are in an area of grey wooded soil which is selenium deficient ) I did what I could and we got baby warmed up and back near momma on dry deep bedding in a sheltered area. The next day the gal asked me to call and talk to the vet explaining what we had done and what medications we had given because she was too confused. I did and this is the same vet I regularly use so no big deal.
Except it kind of is, and this is where the ramble starts.
When you have stock, you are going to need a vet from time to time, and its not always possible to get the neighbor to call for you . So there are a few things to remember when you are faced with an emergency and calling your vet, or for that matter your neighbor.
- as upset as you are no one can help you if they cannot understand you , so crying and panicking into the phone is not a great plan
- speak clearly , and even if you have to take notes make clear what you are asking
- If you need the vet to come out, have whatever critter you need looked at IN A PEN . It is not the vets job to herd your wild heifer into a corral in order to treat it or assist in its calving
- Know your stock, and their "normal " so that unusual signs and symptoms are easily recognize and you can concisely tell your vet what is amiss
- When you have already treated the animal with some meds , tell your vet what medications, what time and what dosage. Again write it down if you need to
- Understand you might not be the only person needing the vet that day so if you are able to clearly record and report signs symptoms and what treatment if any you have already administered , you can save the vet and yourself valuable time so that they can best triage the calls and help
- have a full and complete emergency first aid kit, the tools to do what you need to to maintain the animal as best you can until the help arrives. (ie ,in this case , colostrum, bottles, tube feeder, calf sled , calving chains etc)
- remember to breath!
- when you fail to plan you plan to fail. If you choose to have livestock of any kind , you need to be aware that things happen, an full "kit " and supplies/equipment is a must. Know where it is and what it is . Again there is a time to be haring across the pasture with a rope or a halter to catch whatever critter is in need, and that time is not when the vet is already there !
I know a fellow blogger who just got through a bad round of colic with 2 of her horses, and actually came out the other end successful because of her quick thinking and calm approach, another who sadly lost a horse, but again because they followed some simple rules they got the horse treated, and managed her pain well until the time came to stop the fight and let her go.
We do not always save them all but if we do loose a critter to illness or injury , the planning and preparedness can certainly mitigate the pain and stress. There is a lot more I could add, and maybe should but I will leave it at this for now.
And just tell you to stay warm and safe my friends!