I am sitting here writing this we seem to have turned over a new leaf. I went out to the barn last night when my mom got here to watch Avery for a little bit, and I had a pretty large clean out to do. I usually clean my goat stalls every day, but we were away for a night over the weekend in Cleveland and by the time I got home Sunday, I simply did not have it in me to clean the barn. So, the stalls had went three whole days without being cleaned, so needless to say it was a full strip job of the barn. In order to accomplish this, I had to kick all of the goats out of the barn in order to be able to clean it properly. This sadly did not exclude Kim's stall, I have been rotating a doe to keep in with her, so she isn't stressed and lonely, but she still wants to go outside and get off of her stall rest, so she had spilled her water bucket in her stall.
So, I made the brave decision to let her loose and keep an eye on her. I thought how far a three-legged goat can go? Well, I am glad you asked, because she apparently is fully capable of 4x4 Goating with only three legs. She was able to jump up on the stanchion and on a bale of hay only using her three legs. He injured back leg is still largely unused, but I have noticed that she is starting to use it to balance when she is standing, and I even watched her use it to pee in a normal goat position, so I am hopeful that she will end up returning to some normal use of her leg. She may not ever be able to be a show goat, but hopefully, she can have kids and be a happy productive doe on the farm.
We did have our farm vet out last week, and she evaluated Kim along with evaluating her x-rays that were taken. She did not see any fractures or bone damage, but her leg muscle was far too swollen to be able to tell if she had any torn ligaments or tendons. She suggested that we keep her on stall rest for three weeks and also double her dose of meloxicam for a week. She also gave her an IV shot of banamine and Draxxin to help with the swelling and inflammation. She also evaluated her neurologically and agreed that she can still feel her leg and doesn't believe there is neurological damage from the injury. We are hopeful that she continues to heal and is able to function like a normal goat, but that remains to be seen.
Thank you all for the kind words and best wishes for her recovery. I hope you all are having a wonderful week. Take care and Happy Goating!