Oh the happy blood draw day!
So the things I learned drawing blood from goats today!
First I had no fear of doing the blood work, I've worked in a Veterinary hospital when I was a teenager, and was a Paramedic for many years. I'm pretty use to self care on my animals.
So I have a helper, I have my new handy dandy self built goat stand, and I have a crew that I've held off breakfast to make them more compliant and happy to jump up for some food and get heads in the lock.
So first I decide to do the ones I think will be difficult.
1st on stand the not so little Mini Nubian. She jumps up, head goes in, shave neck, get needle all ready to go, clean with alcohol, and proceed to stick- I forgot to wear hearing protection as she screamed bloody murder right in my left ear! It scared me so bad I pulled out and had to start over-Plus I was hoping the ringing in my ear would stop so I could hear what my helper was saying. Finally got it second try.
2nd up. K-man the buck who is scared of needles. He cried, he whined, he shook like a baby (this was all before the needle came out). I felt so bad I almost didn't do it. Finally just did it and of course he threw a fit, knocked the blood draw thing out of my hand before I even got barely in by throwing his big head around and my helper couldn't stop him. Got him second try.
3- My smallest adult doe, not enough neck to give me a good stretch in the head lock. So we put her in the lap like a kid and held neck. She was actually great about the whole thing, just such small veins I had to move to other side and try again.
4 - Seems my first vacuum tube didn't have a good seal, I knew I was in just no blood would squirt into tube. Changed tubes and all went well.
5. Momma goat, my alpha queen bee... Thankfully she was the easy one. Nice big EJ and all went as it should of for the 4 above.
Anyway it's finally done, they all lived and I'm not too bruised and battered. Except I keep saying "huh" anytime someone says something to me!