Friday, 1 July 2011

What a 24 Hours.....

Zoretah.....resting what a 24hrs..

Out this morning.......with the others....

Getting to grips with those....legs....!!


Much stronger....today.....thankfully


Where do I start.....what a rollercoaster ride ......

Zoretha.....had quite a traumatic entry into this world.......however after a tense time delivering her......to be honest.....as the day went on ....I was not really happy with her....

As time passed by I did several checks.......on her through out the day...and I had a bit of a niggle....that something just wasn't right.......so at about 4pm I went back to see if Trienza had produced any more milk.....but she seemed not to have much.

Then I had another look at the baby's umbilical cord.....I just wasn't happy with this....so to cut a long story short.....I decided to get the vet......to check things over....!!

I was concerned by her umbilical cord...it was very large where it entered and I could see a pulse in it.....I had clamps that I bought to be prepared..but these were far too small.....honestly..I have never seen such a huge cord..!

Also....as Trienza didn't appear to have much milk.....I was concerned about her getting her antibodies......which was really niggling at me......I also was concerned about infection for the mother...as the birth was quite difficult......so best to be safe than sorry...!!

Thankfully....when my Nick Nacks arrived....Rob and Les from Wellground Alpaca Stud kindly brought me some plasma......what a life saver.....I knew I had this for emergencies...and I was so grateful....these babies are really so precious.....you have to do all you can to help....anything less would be .............. failing in my opinion.....

The vet arrived, and Zoretah...was thoroughly checked over....she is much bigger than Zirrianna....her legs are huge......she was very weak on those legs.....however, the vet was happy with her umbilical cord.....and it was re-tied using a nylon (like fishing line) string....double tied to be on the safe side....no hernias.....or anything like that....just a rather large and very sin'ewy.

I decided to use some of my plasma.....to help push this baby in the right direction.....so her neck was shaved and we administered the plasma....IV straight into her vein.....to avoid any delay in the stomach via the tubing route. This would mean...that it would work.....much quicker....
Then back to Trienza.....she was checked over and I asked for an anti-biotic to cover for any infection, she also got an injection to assist her with her milk production.....
After all this....they were brought in to the barn for the evening.....and I was much happier....in myself......you just know...when you're not happy with something...!!

So I have a new saying.....' If in doubt....Get em Out' .......either the baby or the vets......!!

This morning....I went to check on things....and....Im happy to say.....I think we are heading in the right direction.......she is still weak but I can see a remarkable improvement....already....

Both mother and baby are out enjoying the day, just resting....after quite an ordeal.....

Better to be safe than sorry...............

Its not good to have regrets..........you have to seize the moment and go with your instinct......after all ..............life is a massive learning curve.......and we are still learning...!!

Ps...I have weighed her this morning and she is 9kgs ! Thats the biggest baby we have ever had so far in 5 years...I know lots of you out there are reporting heavier....but honestly....thats big enough...for us......thank-you...very much !!

5 comments:

Barbara@beckbrowalpacas said...

Well done Jayne...our philosophy too; if in doubt get the vet sooner rather than later...timely intervention is key...sounds very similar to our Rumour...what a year for traumatic births!

Cotswold Vale Alpacas said...

I agree with your saying, if in doubt get them out, too precious to risk not getting them out, glad Zoretah is heading in the right direction and fingers crossed she keeps heading in the right direction
Ginnie

Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

Glad all are now progressing nicely. Remember I had a huge umbilicacord last year on Casiphia which I was worried about and got the vet to check.

Rosemary said...

Well done!
Glad Zoretah is doing well now - hope you get some sleep tonight!
When is the next one due?!!

Andrew said...

Phew what a tale. I thought we had things to worry about !