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Hello Donna , as you may remember some of my goats have been fighting Mastitis for a big part of the summer . The good news is ellie responded to the pen treatment very well and as been free from the mastitis for a few weeks now and is dried up . Sadie also  responded very well and is well on her way to being dried up . Santanna died tonight because i broke the cardinal rule and never pulled the plunger back on the needle . I knew immediately something was wrong as she collapsed . She died in my arms . What a stupid mistake to make , one i won't soon forget . The only good thing in this if there is such a thing is she won't have to suffer all the needles anymore . I'm sure I'll now be terrified to give needles in the back leg again . I always knew this could happen , but i never believed it would . She never did respond to any of the treatments for a very long time so maybe it is best . I know I'll miss her thats for sure . Thanks for all your help .
Barry

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I am so sorry to hear of the loss - don't beat yourself up - it could happen to anyone - you make a good thought about Santanna not responding to treatments and sometimes things happen for a reason.  I am able to get epinephrine from my veterinarian so have that just in case.  You can also use Primatene Mist (it has epinephrine in it) and use five sprays to equal 1 ml of epinephrine injection - this is sprayed into the mouth and usually has the same effect as injectable epinephrine - I think it is still available online over the counter.  But with that said, no should have, could have, would haves - that's what my daughter tells me about mistakes - as long as we learn from them that's the best we can hope for.  So glad the other girls have cleared up nicely.  Hang in there - you're a great goat caretaker - Donna

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Donna Ruelas-Semasko/Edelweiss Acres

Expertise

All goat health care, nutrition, judging questions about all goats - packgoats, dairy goats, pygmy goats, meat goats, fleece goats.

Experience

27 years health care/nutrition of all types of goats, 17 years experience in packgoats, 20 years experience in 4H goat projects as leader, superintendent and judge. 20 years experience in putting on goat care/nutrition seminars.

Organizations
NAPgA, The Evergreen Packgoat Club, 4H, ADGA.

Publications
Hobby Farm, many newspapers, 4H newsletters, Packgoat Manuals (youth and general), judging information pamphlets, seminar handouts about health care and nutrition.

Education/Credentials
4 years of college, ongoing education in goats.

Awards and Honors
Small Farm Award of Thurston County

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