Question we have a two day old kid that a great dane got ahold of. There was a small flesh wound and no other visable injuries but he is breath really heavy. Could he just be hurting and is there anything that I can give him to relieve any pain. what should I look for with no visable injuries. The dog didnt shake him but was carrying the kid in his mouth. The kid is walking and talking and has had a bowel movement and urinated. We have called a vet but the closest large animal vet is hours away.
Answer The heavy breathing - possibly even fast is from the stress/anxiousness after being held by the dog. It's good there are no visible injuries, but internal injuries are possible if the dog squeezed the goat. Would watch and wait - would keep the goat kid in the house with you if possible - start on bottle also if possible. Are you near any sort of store that carries homeopathic remedies? If so Arnica Montana would be great to give - this is for trauma. Could give 1/4 of a human 325 aspirin - crushed and dissolved in a little hot water and given orally, BUT, if there is internal bleeding this would not be good. Watch for swelling of the body in places. If there is difficulty breathing a rib fracture could have happened. At this point, keeping the little one quiet and watching them would be my suggestion. Hope this helps - Donna
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