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goat kid got attacked by a dog.

 
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There are some goats that.get largely neglected next door to me. The doe recently had twin kids. 2 days ago someone's dog got into the pen and attacked one of the kids, they were maybe a week old at the time. The kid was laying down and trembling and slobbery but there were no puncture wounds apparent and it didn't seem like any bones or areas of the body were super sensitive as I examined it. I also have no idea about animals and was being extremely gentle.

Today (2 days later) the kid is walking around gingerly and has a badly swollen right shoulder/neck.  Its not a happy camper and seems super low energy. Any help is appreciated.
 
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the only thing you can do is get a vet to check it out.
and if you know who's dog it was give them the vet bill.
 
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Phil Grady wrote:the only thing you can do is get a vet to check it out.
and if you know who's dog it was give them the vet bill.



Its a weird situation, they're not my goats and I don't have a reliable way to get a hold of the owner. They belong to the neighbor of the farm I work at, but he's rarely around it seems and these goats.have been getting sporadic care for at least a few years now. I'm open to doing a little to help the poor little goat but I've been really not wanting these.goats to become my problem at all.
 
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s. lowe wrote:

Phil Grady wrote:the only thing you can do is get a vet to check it out.
and if you know who's dog it was give them the vet bill.



Its a weird situation, they're not my goats and I don't have a reliable way to get a hold of the owner. They belong to the neighbor of the farm I work at, but he's rarely around it seems and these goats.have been getting sporadic care for at least a few years now. I'm open to doing a little to help the poor little goat but I've been really not wanting these.goats to become my problem at all.



I think they already are!!!
 
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Well apparently someone is going to take the goat to a vet tomorrow. I'm relieved. It stresses  me out when plants I am hoarding don't thrive, I dont know if I'm ready for real animals yet
 
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Well just to follow up, the goat kid got taken to the vet. 7 dislocated vertebrae! Apparently to be solved by a round of goat chiropracty.
 
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When you mentioned the nature and location of the swelling, what I figured was that the kid was picked up in the jaws of the dog by that juncture of neck and shoulder and given a death-shake. The kid might've been too large for that to be entirely effective for the dog, but that would do the kind of damage you're describing.

I hope you don't have a burgeoning neighbour problem, either from the goat angle or the dog.

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