Your contribution will enable us to support the well-being of our wonderful team of animals and continue daily operations. We put in a lot of effort to ensure our goats and any rescues are happy, healthy, and prepped for class. We are very grateful for your generosity!
There are many things that go on behind the scenes to ensure our goats are happy and have all of their needs met prior to bringing them to class. When managing several animals it is important to make sure that each goat gets proper care, regular check-ups, and have good living conditions. A few things we do to keep our friends as happy as they make us include:
Providing our goats with a high level of care and attention will contribute to their overall happiness and the success of our class. We appreciate you supporting us and hope to see you in class!
Teddy is a 13-year-old miniature horse that was recently donated to us by his previous owners who knew we would be a good fit for him. By the time Teddy came into our lives, he had seen several vets who couldn't seem to figure out why he was limping. Teddy is dealing with a painful condition called Osteoarthritis in his shoulder/elbow. We were very fortunate to get a proper diagnosis and start a treatment plan to manage his pain. Osteoarthritis is a common condition in both humans and animals, and it's characterized by the degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. Managing his pain and ensuring his comfort will be essential for his overall well-being.
Since Teddy is a miniature horse, it's important to work closely with the veterinarian to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to his specific needs. This may include a combination of treatments and lifestyle adjustments, such as:
After just his first injection, Teddy seems to already be more comfortable and upbeat.
Strawberry is a baby goat born on ..... , and was immediately rejected by her mom. Her previous owners did everything that could but ultimately concluded that she would need to be bottle fed. Knowing that wasn't something they could provide her, they reached out to us to help. We took her in within the first 24 hours of birth. Early separation from their mother can pose some challenges for young goats, as they may miss out on crucial colostrum (first milk) and the maternal care needed for a strong start in life.
When caring for a bottle-fed goat kid like Strawberry it is important to consider:
1. Colostrum: Since Strawberry was separated from her mother at such a young age, it's important to ensure she received colostrum shortly after birth. Colostrum provides essential antibodies and nutrients for a strong immune system.
2. Bottle Feeding: It's crucial to provide her with a suitable milk replacer or goat milk to meet her nutritional needs and ensure proper hygiene during bottle feeding to prevent infections.
3. Feeding Schedule: The initial frequent feedings are essential for her growth and development starting at 5 times a day. As she gets older, we gradually reduce the number of feedings to align with her age and size.
4. Weaning: At the appropriate age, we need to start the weaning process to transition Strawberry from milk to solid food gradually to avoid digestive issues.
5. Socialization: Since Strawberry missed out on the maternal bonding, providing her with social interaction and companionship with others is important for her emotional well-being.
As she continues to grow, we are happy to announce she making great progress and is growing at a healthy rate!
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