Hi all, Around 2 weeks ago our two bucks escaped from their paddock, they were not out for long and returned within ten minutes. The next day both were showing signs of illness (loss of appetite, lethargic, etc) and the one vomited. The Vet was called immediately and under her advice and without much hesitation it was decided to operate on the sickest of the two goats to see what the problem was. The operation consisted of removing the stomach and intestines cleaning out the contents, cleansing them and then stitching it back up (all done under local anaesthetic in the paddock). All that was found in the stomach was a few Azalea leaves. Anyway after a couple of days the buck that was not operated on returned to full health, while the other one was suffering from the operation (not standing, still no appetite etc). We had been keeping him hydrated and fed by forcing him with drench and electrolytes through a syringe. After ten days of doing this every few hours there had still been no improvement and he was still barely eating anything. Vets had been called back repeated number of times to administer antibiotics and appetite inducing drugs with still no improvement. The vet was called last night and said he may be suffering from peritonitis (infection of the membrane surrounding the stomach) he administered more antibiotics. The goat died this morning My question is did the vet do the right thing in operating on him so quickly, as research on the internet suggested administering charcoal as an initial treatment followed by possible flushing of the stomach through a tube with saline solution. I cannot help but to think the vet is to blame for his death as the infection was no doubt caused by the operation she hastily performed in his paddock, surely this was not hygienic? and the fact our other buck (who is now without his twin) regained full health within a matter of days. Sorry for the long story, but had to get the story across and need to know if my vets incompetence has caused his death.