He was only three weeks and one day old a very brief life so cruelly taken.Unbeknown to myself as I thought he was doing fine. He became lethargic three days ago and I wasn't happy with him, he was treated for a range of potential issues from slight constipation to an infection, his temperature was low the first day he was off colour and it continued to drop the next day, he was given Baycox, Baytril and a little enema to see if that did the trick, sadly he only deteriorated and yesterday although being turned out for a brief morning spell I decided to bring them back in as I was not happy with him. He was bottle fed with milk and honey and the vet was consulted. The vet was on route and poor little Zaroo fought one battle after another to hang on to his precious little life.... I spent what seemed ages hosing him down under his belly to try and regulate his temperature...
The vet arrived and I just knew that it would have to be a miracle for this to be a happy ending. He was given plasma & glucose and a little sedative to ease the stress on his heart.... I was advised by the vet that the outcome would be bleak ... we had just given him his glucose and sadly he died in my arms ... such a shock. The sedative helped him pass peacefully I guess it was just too much to hope for a happy ending.
So yesterday was a very long and traumatic day. It has been suggested that he died with Septicaemia, brought on by his inability to absorb enough Colostrum from his mother in the first few hours of life .... How could we know, there is very little that can be done once the infection gets a hold and its a silent killer. This has come as such a shock, as he fed really well and appeared to be doing fine. Last week he was running around the field with Zambo. I thought all was well.
Holly is obviously looking for her baby and they say time is a great healer ....for all of us, such a shame. His little life was short and precious, he is sadly missed.
We are trying to accept and come to terms with the events of yesterday .... just goes to show, you never know what life has instore.