Goat with broken jaw? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by mikenandrea, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. mikenandrea

    mikenandrea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Goat got bit in the mouth by a stray dog. It broke her jaw under her tongue, if that makes sense.. This happened about an hour ago.. We have no emergency vet services for livestock in my town.. Does anyone know what a vet would do for this? What are her chances of recovering from this? I am sure she will not be able to eat.. Anyone?
     
  2. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Ouch...if her jaw is broken, they will need to go in and wire it together (surgery). There's nothing you can do, that I can think of, other than minimize pain. She may go into shock, so keeping her in an enclosed area in a warm spot.

    Is the jaw just hanging there? Because that's what I'm picturing.
     
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Surgery is the only option unless you want to have her put down.

    Sorry to hear about that and wish you the very best....I used to have Nubians and they were sweeties.
     
  4. mikenandrea

    mikenandrea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ummm.. I wouldnt say hanging per say.. It is a slight hang.. she has her mouth open about an inch wide.. The jaw is split in half under the tongue and has about a 1/4" drop inside the mouth..
    That sounds expensive? I think we may need to put her down.. I was planning on selling my herd..
     
  5. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    only thing I could suggest is an equine vet. They are on call all weekend. I'm sure they wound see her. If it makes you feel better they are MUCH cheaper than small animal vets!
     
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  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    If you're not willing to do the surgery, call the vet to see if they can suggest another alternative. I don't believe there is one...
     
  7. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try Equine Medical Associates 770-928-4400 they will come to douglasville and if they won't see her they will know of someone who will. They have portable xray and everything they need to help her. I'm sure you could talk them into coming. If that doesn't work you could always load her up and take to UGA of Auburn.
     
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  8. mikenandrea

    mikenandrea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone know the average cost of something like that? Just a guesstimate?
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:They will tell you the average price when you call..
    But she NEEDS medical help or to be put down ASAP... that has got to be so painful for her...
     
  10. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My horse had colic and the vet was with me off and on all night and it was $500.00. Tons of meds and he came over at least 6 time during the night. You could ask what a call would cost and and xray. At least then you would know what you were dealing with and if you decided not to continue the vet could humanely put her down.
     

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