Sunday, 8 May 2016

Being Poisoned....

Today started at 6am with a nightmare from hell
I went to the bathroom glanced out the window and saw the Alpacas in the front garden
The barriers were set up again yesterday and they could only get as far as the back door.
 Martin ushered them all back behind the barrier, they had knocked one over and took the opportunity of a gap to go into the front garden.
About half an hour later Martin noticed one of them being sick,
I looked at the spot were they were in the front garden and saw the culprit
A nibbled Rhododendron branch
highly highly poisonous to Alpacas, as well as many other animals to Alpacas as well as many other animals.
I phoned the vet, she is very good and came straight out,
Janine was really poorly by the time the vet got here,
she was frothing at the mouth, vomiting grinding her teeth (a sign she is in pain ) the vet asked me to make up 2 pints of strong black tea it was needed as a drench, some bicarbonate soda was added to it, she was given a penicillin jab and pain relief as there was a chance while being tubed that some liquid might end up in her lungs, our neighbour Senior C came round to help out, Martin and me had Janine restrained on the ground while the vet tried to get a tube down her, needless to say Janine was not playing ball, eventually with the tube down her, senior C poured the tea into the funnel, most got into her, the tannin in the tea helps to coagulate the toxins and the bicarb was to replace the natural bicarb that alpacas make in there saliva,
  I have some lovely bruises on my arms, legs and stomach were I was kicked by a thrashing distressed Janine.
Janine has spent most of the day laying in the shade
She didn't want to stay in the barn by herself, I wasn't going to cause her anymore stress so let her into the field with the others and she settled in the woodpile.
We have been checking on her all day, the vet gave her a 50/50 chance of recovery, getting her through the next few days will give her a good chance,
By tea time she had perked up ate with the others and started grazing a bit, 
She is now laying in the field with the others
She is not out of the woods yet and we are well aware we might still loose her.
she still has some more medication to have,
the vet phoned us back this afternoon to see how she was and said if she takes a turn for the worse they will hospitalise her and get her on an IV, but so far so good.
We just have to see what tomorrow brings.
 
 
 


 


 

41 comments:

  1. Poor Janine :( keeping everything crossed she makes a full recovery xx

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  2. I hope that she will be OK, I am sure that you will take very good care of her.

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  3. That sounds bloody terrible. There's always something else when it comes to livestock isn't there! Hope she doesn't have to go to the vets.

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    1. It wasnt very nice projectile alpaca vomit is not nice to get covered in before breakfast

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  4. So sorry to hear that, hope she gets better .

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  5. The main reason I usually accidentally mow over the poisonous ornamental plants that somehow manage to get planted around here :)

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    1. These shrubs are a bit big to mow over, livestock are not allowed into the garden for this reason

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  6. Fingers crossed for you. I guess you'll be removing the rhody?
    So many people don't realise how poisonous some of the commonplace plants in their garden are, Digitalis is a killer and people really need to teach kids from an early age that alot of plants can be deadly instead of delicious

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    1. No plans to remove them, they are not near any livestock, there is lots of the garden plants that ar poisonous to livestock it is just a case of keeping the area secure.

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  7. Oh my goodness...thought nature would have things sorted and make the plant unpalatable to nibblers and grazers, Fingers crossed she pulls through. x

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    1. its not a plant that they will have come across before so I should think she just tried it and found it unpalatable as there was very little eaten

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  8. Well spotted on the rhododendron bush. Perhaps the plant should be removed - just in case - to prevent a possible future nonoccurrence?

    Hope Janine is OK

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    1. The bushes are not in an area near any livestock it was just an unfortunate incident

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  9. Fingers crossed that she makes a full recovery, and you too those bruises look nasty.

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    1. The bruises are very tender today but will heal, they are Alpaca love bites

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  10. Oh no! I hope she pulls through - what a worry for you.

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    1. what would life be without worries

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  11. Animals and fences - always something happening. It looks as if Alpacas have more will to live than goats or sheep which is good.I do hope she recovers soon

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    1. They are very strong willed animals and very strong in general even when sick they can pull the punches

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  12. Hope your alpaca is holding her own and getting better. I am sure she will, you are a good carer.

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    1. She seems to be holding her own

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  13. Dawn, please re-arrange tomorrow for whenever as I can understand you will want to stay close to Janine.xx I didn't know Rhododendrons could be so dangerous.

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    1. They are very toxic shame as they are pretty and evergreen

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  14. Oh so sorry Dawn, how distressing for you all. I hope she pulls through.

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  15. Oh Dawn, what a nightmare! Two of our goats had azalea poisoning last year (azalea is a close cousin to rhododendron) and it was horrible. They both pulled through but it was scary and touch-and-go. Here's a link to the forumlae I used - http://www.goatworld.com/health/plants/antidotes.shtml The second one is very similar to the tea and soda you gave. Praying for a good outcome for you.

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    1. Thanks I have made a copy of them

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  16. Poor Janine, what a worry for you. Hope she's over the worst and that your quick reaction means she'll make a full recovery xx

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  17. Hope she pulls through...what a awful thing to happen...hope you are ok too

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    1. Martin and me are both very sore after out wrestling match with her yesterday bruised but fine.

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  18. I hope Janine is feeling better, are they daft animals or will she learn not to nibble at the tree again. I also hope your bruises are not too bad, I use witch hazel on my, but don't use is the skin is broken.

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  19. Oh my! Hope the improvement continues!

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    1. Never a dull moment with animals

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  20. Didn't know Rhododendrons were poisonous. Hope your alpaca gets well soon!

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  21. Oh my goodness. Hope everything will be okay. I knew about yew being posoinous for horses but not about rhododendrens. Hope you and Martin are both okay and that Janine is too xx

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