Monday, May 28, 2012

behind in emails

I am so behind in emails. I can't keep up with them all. Right now it is especially hard because of the combination of ending my office job and figuring out what is ahead. But if you just resend what you want me to reply to, or remind me (always remind me!), I would appreciate it and do my best to reply. If you don't hear from me always follow up.

Also, I rarely if ever check Facebook for emails, so please don't use that!


Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Hey there. Read about your losing that sheep who was trapped in the brambles and was wondering if you could do sub-cutaneous fluids on a sheep or goat that was weak & dehydrated. I have a cat who has been in renal failure for 7 years. She was supposed to be dead 5 years ago, but thanks to sub-cu fluids every other day and a special diet, she's still healthy & here. Sub-cu fluids absorb slowly, so it's kinda like small drinks over a long period of time, without you having to do anything but give the bolus, which takes prolly 5 min. Just a thought. Your vet can set you up with fluids & training. It's simple.

May 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Maggie, thank you! I'll look into this. Any suggested online links or books?

May 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

No, not really. You use standard cleanliness protocols. My vet gave me the 411, and if I can do it, it ain't brain surgery. I use Ringer's Lactate and 20-ga needles on Punkin. Bags cost about $15-25 and if kept in a cool place, last 6 months or so--longer if unopened. That's her in my picture, by the way--Mama's lil miracle kitty.

May 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Urban Farm Girl said...

Yes you can do this to sheep and goats. We have done it several times. Ask your vet how much fluid to give and if you can purchase a couple liters of fluid and a venoset to keep on hand just in case. You can also mix dextrose in too help bring blood sugar up if needed. You place a large gage needle (18 ga) under the skin and fill him up with fluid. I take the total amount the vet tells me to give and divide it into two places and put mine over each hip. Sorry this was a very long post. Good luck!

May 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger macbew said...

Hi Jenna,
On Dec.3,2009 you wrote a post called "We're Not from Around Here". I love to go back and re-read it every so often. Looking through the comments again I saw that you said you were working on a novel that included a black dog. Are you still working on it, is it almost done or(I hope)ready to go to the publisher?

May 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Toby said...

Just talk to a vet or google feline renal failure and find the stuff about sub cu fluids. We did it for my boy spanky (best friend cat). Easier than you think, keeping the animal still-ish is the hardest part.

May 29, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

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