Yesterday was a
heartbreaking day... when I went out to take care of
the flock in the morning, I noticed that Oh Henry!
had a bad limp. I made sure it wasn't broken and got
him settled with his sprain in his little hay barn
and put a bowl of water in there for him next to his
food, so he wouldn't have to go far and could rest
I went in the
house for some Rimadyl to help with any pain and
inflammation--it's what we always do for sprains...
just a small dose (6.25 mg), the normal to help keep
When I went
back to check on him later... he was gone... He
passed away in the hay. The only thing we can figure
is that he had a kidney or liver issue that wasn't
bad enough to noticeably affect his general health
yet. Rimadyl/Metacam can be fatal if a renal issue
It's just too
much too soon... and I can't bear it...
February 21, 2012:
Henry! (L) and Jocamo (R)
March 12, 2012:
"These are MY
Jocamo (L) and
Oh Henry! (R)
Oh Henry! plays
in his bucket of water
I'm taking Bee
to the vet this morning to make sure she's okay. She
has terrible feather quality and I've noticed
her breathing is a little heavy, so I want to be
sure she doesn't have pneumonia. I'll be taking Oh
Henry with me for cremation, so he can come back to
Poor Jocamo is
lonely without Oh Henry! and following Jabberwocky
around instead, so after I get back from the vet,
I'm going to take Ranger out of the Goose Run and
bring him back out to Louisville to see if they
buddy-up. Maybe if they only have each other,
they'll find a way to make it work. I hope so or I
don't know what I'm going to do to cheer up Jocamo...
(Front) and River (back) Syncrho Swimming!
Moon's oral infection is still present, so he's on
meds for another few weeks. He gets a pill every 12
hours, which is a pretty simple fix. He just needs
more time on it. He has check-ups every two weeks.
His energy levels are right back up
where they belong though and his eye looks great. He
has spring fever and is so in LOVE with River! It's
good to see him so happy again. He's even a bit
ornery with testosterone, which he hasn't been since
losing Rio. It's like my old friend is back again.
appointment went very well. She still needs to gain
more weight (but we're already working on that!),
but no pneumonia although our vet wants us to keep a
close eye on her and if we don't see a change in her
breathing, we'll start her up on Baytril for 7-10
days just to be sure.
She does have
boo-boos on her feet, but they all looked scabbed
over, not infected and on the mend.
And... he agreed
that the Rimadyl was the cause with Oh Henry. He
said it is a very rare reaction, but it does happen.
He said the only way to avoid it is to do blood
chemistries on every animal that ever gets a boo-boo
before prescribing any medication, which is both
unrealistic and expensive. He assured us we did the
right thing and it would have been the same thing he
would have had us do. He said something else was
going on with his health, likely involving his
kidney or liver, but he just hadn't become
Even so... I sure
miss that little guy...