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Always on a Holiday Weekend

Date : 11/24/07

Scott and I decided to put all the animals away early on Thanksgiving so we could enjoy a wonderful meal with our family. It was a beautiful crisp night and the animals were quite fine with coming in for their Thanksgiving meal. After eating and drinking some local wines I went up to check the girls one last time before bed. One of our visiting cria looked like she had something in her eye. It was closed and looked wet. I got hold of her and realized it was blood that was on her face and her lower eyelid was torn from the outer corner to the middle of her eye. I called Scott up to the barn and we rinsed out her eye with saline solution to clean it and remove the blood. Then we put a large glob of Terramiacin in her eye which is an antibiotic to keep any infection out. First thing Friday morning we caught her and flushed out her eye with saline again. Her eyelid was still very moist and clean looking, but we knew it would most likely need to be stitched. I called my vet, Dr. Turoff from Foothill Mobile on his emergency line. I did this knowing on a Holiday weekend; he was most likely to be very busy. He called me right back and we discussed the cria's eye. Dr. Turoff had two emergencies ahead of me and then he would come to our ranch. While I was waiting I called the owners of the cria and discussed what had happened and the details of talking to the vet. I assured them that their cria was comfortable and that the vet was on his way. Scott and I weighed the cria before the vet got there so he would be able to accurately know the dosage of the anesthesia he might have to give her for the surgery. After checking her actual eyeball and giving us the good news that it had not sustained any damage, he made the decision that he would have to stitch the lid back together. He told us that if we did not do this whenever she would tear, her tears would not stay in her eye, but roll down her face. We were very lucky that her eyelid was kept moist and had not become dry so he was able to stitch it back together. First he anesthetized the cria and we held her until she fell asleep. Then we laid her head on a pillow and the sewing began. Dr. Turoff was very quick but precise with his moves. I understood why we had to anesthetize the cria, because one movement of her head and her eye could have been easily injured. After a good sleep, the cria awoke and went looking for mom. We were to continue to put Terramiacin in her eye, but that was it. Her eye lid should grow back together just fine. Now it was time for Dr. Turnoff to go on to his next emergency, all on a holiday weekend. Scott and I were able to call the cria's owners and assure them that their little girl was just fine and her eyelid should look completely normal.


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