Further to my last blog I thought I would write an update on our poorly suri cria "Cotswold Vale Zeus". After his visit to the vets on Saturday, he didn't seem much better on Sunday. His temperature was ok (ish) but he was still sitting around all the time, moving only when the herd moved.
I had the feeling he was getting weaker so thought it might be due to lack of feeding, I had not seen him grazing at all or even attempt to feed from mum during the day (not sure what happened at night) so I offered him a bottle of goats milk, but he didn't want to take it! So I got some pro-biotic goats yogurt and syringed it into him. This seemed to spur him into seeking out mum's milk bar, he fed for a little while but mum got inpatient and walked away, he gave up and sat down again!! So I carried on giving him the yogurt through the syringe, hoping this would give him some strength and settle him tummy.
I didn't sleep much sunday night and was up very early on monday morning, I was dreading going out into the barn to see how he was, I was sure he wouldn't still be with us. But there he was sat next to his mum, but when I approached he didn't even get up! I gave him some more yogurt and check his temperature, it was 39.3, getting higher! I had also not seen him go to toilet, so gave him a little warm soapy water up his bottom (I really needed to get a poo sample) this seemed to work and he did pass a small poo which I promptly collect to take to the vet. He then followed his mum and the rest of the herd out into the field but then promptly sat down, I felt like he was giving up and felt so helpless!!
I phoned the vet at 8.30am (no point in ringing the out of hours vets) they told me to bring him up at 9.15am. The herd had followed their usual routine and had gone up to the top paddocks. I hadn't given them breakfast as I knew this would be the easiest way to get them all back down to the barn. I went out and called, they came charging down the field and into the barn, Zeus mum was there, but no Zeus and no sign of him! My heart sank, had we lost him? I ran up the field and as I neared the top paddock I could see a little bump in the grass! I called and to my great relief his head popped up and he promptly jumped up, realising everyone had left him he started back down the field to the barn.
My heart thumping from the stress and the run down the field (not getting any younger or fitter!!) I caught hold of him and popped him into the back of the 4 x 4 and off we went on the 25 minute drive to the vets (I decided to take him rather than wait for the vet as they couldn't get to me before early afternoon, and I wasn't sure he would last that long)
It was a different vet to the one I saw on Saturday, she had check his notes and we re-capped what was now happening. She checked his stomach which was still working too fast, his heart was now working a lot harder and under strain, and he was now dehydrated!!
We discussed the options, he could be admitted to the nearest teaching veterinary hospital, where they could re-hyrate him via drip etc or I could nurse him at home. I chose to nurse him at home, I felt it would be more stressful for him to be somewhere strange without his mum and the rest of the herd, and felt I probably wouldn't see him again.
The vet said she was certain it was a stomach problem, one of my concerns was coccidia! but she assured me it was highly unlikely as he would have severe diarrhea, and there was no signs of this at all. But it was good I had managed to get a poo sample. She did say it be possible it was the wormer we had given him the previous weekend and sometimes if they do have a worm burden it can upset the digestion system, but it was difficult to confirm this.
He was given more anti-biotic and armed with some Lectade to re-hydrate him, Lactosym to help balance his gut back out, Finadyne painkiller to help kill the stomach pains and a written list of how to nurse him, we drove back home.
I decided to put him, his mum and a couple of friends in the garden next to the mobile home, from here I could watch him more closely and it was easier to catch hold of him for his hourly treatment.