On a bit of a down note…one of our goats, Harry (the Pygora) got chomped on the left foreleg by our neighbor’s new Australian shepherd / corgi mix. The dog was short enough to squeeze under the gate and proceeded to cut Harry away from Lucy and then attempted to take Harry down. Our large animal vet, Dan Kennedy, patched up Harry and told us we were lucky: this wasn’t sheep herding behavior – based upon the bite damage it was an obvious attempt to hobble Harry with potential foul play in mind.
For the first 24 hours, Harry was pretty lame, but after injections of steroids, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories / painkillers as well as spraying the wounds (both sides of the leg) with artificial skin, he perked up quite a bit. He’s more-or-less back to his normal self, although I’m keeping a close eye on his leg – I don’t want him to end up with an acute infection. Dr. Kennedy also is having me give Harry antibiotics over the next seven days as an additional preventative measure.
Our neighbor has been great about the whole situation. Yesterday, she had someone over to dog-proof the gate. We are good friends with this neighbor and appreciate her efforts. It is also a very good reminder to us to be more diligent about predator proofing the pasture. As an additional measure, I will be stringing barbed wire around the base of the entire goat pasture. Dr. Kennedy recommended this to keep dogs as well as coyotes out.