Two weeks ago a five day old Saanen buckling had an episode of bleeding from his disbudding burn. I'm very grateful Rex helped calm me down and get through a scary day. Today the same boy had another WORSE episode.
He had seemed to recover from his earlier bleed. The feed store was out of Red Cell so he's been getting 1/2 cc of Geritol in his bottle once a day, plus nibbling grain and hay and loose minerals. He's been eating and playing and gaining weight, although not quite as robust as my other three bucklings. The other boys have grown more rapidly and are noticeably larger now. To make sure the little one gets his fair share, I feed his bottles separately from the other three.
Today I gave him a bottle, and after he latched on, he suddenly sniffled, snorted, shook his head, and began to spray blood from the same disbudding burn as before. We're talking arterial bleed - about the size of a pencil lead, spraying into the air.
It wasn't easy to get the bleeding stopped this time. I used direct pressure on the bleed and also pressed the groove below his eye (thank you Carolyn for mentioning that!), only lifted the saturated pads briefly once to slide in about a tablespoon of blood stop powder.
The kid was terribly distressed and became shocky - gasping and quivering and poor refill when I pressed his gums. At one point I really wondered if the kindest thing might be to lift off the dressings and let him go. I offered 8 oz. of warm Bounce Back electrolyte solution and he perked up enough to get it down.
There is only one animal hospital - halfway across the next county - that sees goats. I was afraid he was too unstable to drive there before they closed, and the local night emergency vet won't see goats. We can try to get to the vet in the morning. For now he's snuggled in a dog crate over a heating pad and has sipped a little more milk and electrolyte. He lost a lot of blood and is noticeably pale.
So now the questions:
Last time I thought he may have head butted another kid, but what could have caused this time? Is there a goat version of hemophilia? Lab tests the vet should consider? See if somebody could re-burn the area to cauterize?
I appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.