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I QUIT! Shortcake died last night and now pink eye?!?!

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I left work early and on my way happened to pass the vet clinic where the guy i said only works on cows and horses and the vets dad was in town!! GOAT DOCTOR! so i stopped and begged him to come by, he retired two years ago and moved but is wonderful... anyways he came out and looked at her and said he could get her going but she wouldn't make it for long... but since i was losing composure he did tube her and we got some food into her and he gave her some shots and some type of tab. he then told me that he was not charging me... he told my husband that the goat was missing something since birth and there was nothing anyone could do. that being said shortcake died over night... about 3 my LGD started freaking out and all the babies started crying... went outside any she was gone.

Same time i went to check on her i was looking around and noticed my COCO was away from all the others and when i went into the fence she ran into it.. her eyes where swollen shut, i pulled them open and they were white!! and then i started looking and one of the others eyes where runny and pink, I called Gary (vets dad again) and he said face flies can do that with all the rain we have had here... (a month straight it has rained everyday) but they were fine earlier i played with them yesterday! the vet brought some "puffer" and BIO MITICEN? and said she may not have lost her vision all the way vet if we can get it controlled now. he said everyone his son knows has been having a year like mine cause of the weather here... I'm about to give up.
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I am so sorry about Shortcake. You did nothing wrong. You tried your best and you had no idea she was born lacking something.
I did the treament Jim suggested for pink last month and it worked great. I used the patches. Just be prepared for nasty goo to run out of the bottom part of the patch. I put neosporin around her eye as well as on the patch. Shot her once with LA 200 and did not mess with her. The patch fell off and the pink eye was gone but she still had cataracts. So I re-patched it.
She is fine now, but it does take time.
I know how you feel about giving up, I have been having a bad duck year and it really gets to you.
Your son can get pink eye from her so please have him wash his hands and not touch his face if he goes near her.
Good Luck.
I used black felt and made my own patches. Much larger than her eye so I would not get the adhesive in her eye. If it is in both eyes patch them both. She can't see really well now anyway. I kept her confined to the pen and led her to her water and food and she bumped into things but she needed her eyes to be kept in the dark.
I used a knock off of Neosporin that I had for people use. If you have terramyacin you can use that instead. Make sure you do not put in around her eye and then touch the tube again with that same hand/ finger or yourself. It is a real pain but it is very contageous (sp?).
Did you order the "shut eye" patches? I was warned about getting eye patches that might be for cows, so that is why I went and made my own. Plus they cost me less than .30 cents that way.
I gave her one shot of LA 200 and that was all. Glad too I did not know that stuff burns.
Like I said I followed Jim's plan it worked out very well and did not cost me a ton of money. The pink eye clears up in a few days but the cataracts last a good long while. As soon as I saw no more runny goop and just the cataracts I knew the pink eye was over. The rest took a couple of more weeks.
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