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Re: Lightening strike hits goat

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Posted by Nat on August 10, 2001 at 19:34:18:

In Reply to: Lightening strike hits goat posted by Nat - Posting for a friend on August 10, 2001 at 17:43:28:

We were going to wait on the shaving till she calmed down, and only if we suspected a wound forming. I was worried about having a burn wound getting infected esp during our bad fly weather. It was really gross to see the hair all burned, and matted - from her forehead reaching down to her point of elbow. A basic travel route for the voltage. I couldn't feel any open wounds, or peeled skin but the area is a bit raised and swollen. She still has vision in her eye (I did a series of tests and she passed, for now anyway) I suspect she'll have her eye shut from the inflamation on her face in the morning. She was eating grain, and mobile (struggled during my quick vitals exam) so thus far she's doing excellent for being struck in my opinion. when I first got the call on my answering machine I expected a dead goat, or one with skin hanging. Drove over to her farm with my crash kit and cell phone with the vet on speedial.

They didn't milk her tonight - she was too afraid to get on the milkstand, or go near her pen. Couldnt' blame her!! She's in the process of being dried off anyway. The banimine should help the inflamation, and give a bit of pain relief. I feel sorry when you see them head low, against a wall, feeling miserable and not being able to do much to help, nor prevent such a thing.

Just a real frightening experience and to hit so close to home. I was at work when the storms moved in, thinking that I should have left my own animals in. My friend, being at home, rushed to get hers in and hers are the ones that end up with the freak accident! Very Bizarre.. and makes you think twice now. I guess the house's fuse box was 1/2 fried and tommorow begins the guesswork of how it happened, and what routes were involved. Its very scarry to be picking up chunks of plywood, and parts of 2x4's about 15-20' away in the pastures and yard. The yearling was screaming her head off when they arrived in the driveway keying that somthing was amiss.. but then to find parts of your barn on the walkway..

Thanks again for the advice! I'll pass them all along tommorow AM. Everyone, please be careful during storms - I know we all get a little careless sometimes and assume safety a little too much.

-Nat's Little Bit


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