Yesterday, the vet was out, and Dayo had her shots. Two things transpired. Her teeth need to be done (which admittedly was a bit of a given), and she has some “hard, crunchy stuff” under her skin, which the vet discovered when he could not insert the needle. Disconcerting, but something that did not seem to bother him. The consensus he and Evelyn reached was “dead nasties”. And so, Dayo is on an accelerated worming schedule to rid her body of the crunchy nasties.
Last night, she was particularly sensitive, and made some lovely snake faces at me when I tried to brush her. Today, with Evelyn, she was, of course, a dream. In preparation of deworming, Dayo was tied up and groomed. Evelyn figured that, by the time grooming was done, her mouth would be empty, and she would not be able to use food to spit the Bimectrin out.
Evelyn started with an old clipper blade on her neck (we’ve been using this to help shed her out). She was fine, but the lumpy part, presumably home to the crunchy nasties, was obvious.
Evelyn then decided to start at her poll, and work her way toward the tail. Remember the earlier post about lice? We hadn’t found any in the usual spots, and have been looking and looking. Today? Shazam! Evelyn hit the mother lode of nits – they were at her poll and along her mane line. She combed and combed them out, put the hair in a bucket, and will burn it. It seems nothing was crawling.
Dayo then had a thorough grooming. The hair on her belly and udder is coming out in handfuls, and she is developing some more, and significant bald spots. Her wiggling chin and loose lip tell us that hair removal is a good thing. She’s been an itchy girl! The skin underneath looks healthy, and the hair will grow back. Every inch of her was groomed to the max, and MDG was applied to the bald spots to keep them soft while hair grows back. I am happy to report that, in spite of the fact that I was on the receiving end of many snake faces last night, she was absolutely perfect for Evelyn.
Her poll, neck and spine were dusted with delousing powder again, and she was sprayed with insecticide. Then she was dewormed with Bimectrin.
Dayo weighed 903 lbs when she arrived at the farm a week and a half ago. Today, she was tape weighed again, and she weighs 969 lbs. Her energy levels are still incredibly low, but she is looking brighter and happier.
In spite of the snake faces! 😀