Yesterday the vet arrived to euthanize Arlo. He had been suffering for almost three days with urinary calculi blocking his ability to pee. He had been in a lot of pain, was heaving and groaning. From the start of his illness, we were told that his prognosis was really bad. It turns out that wethers, castrated male ruminants, easily have this issue. The vet said she sees at least two cases a month in her practice and that she could count on one hand the number that had survived. The western medical treatment is ammonium chloride, which is meant to break down the stones. It is rarely effective.
We love Arlo. We also have his cousins, Mary Agnes and Whisper. They are all Gotland sheep with spectacular silver-grey wool. I’ve learned to spin and just finished my first knitted item with the yarn. Working with the fiber from these sheep has added to my appreciation of them.
Anyway, how could I not at least TRY giving him herbs? I find it so challenging with animals given their reluctance to talk. With so little to go on, what could I do? I was encouraged by my recent success with my horse Jasper, who is still […]