Sunday 8 May 2016
Today started at 6am with a nightmare from hell
I went to the bathroom glanced out the window and saw the Alpacas in the front garden
The barriers were set up again yesterday and they could only get as far as the back door.
Martin ushered them all back behind the barrier, they had knocked one over and took the opportunity of a gap to go into the front garden.
About half an hour later Martin noticed one of them being sick,
I looked at the spot were they were in the front garden and saw the culprit
A nibbled Rhododendron branch
highly highly poisonous to Alpacas, as well as many other animals to Alpacas as well as many other animals.
I phoned the vet, she is very good and came straight out,
Janine was really poorly by the time the vet got here,
she was frothing at the mouth, vomiting grinding her teeth (a sign she is in pain ) the vet asked me to make up 2 pints of strong black tea it was needed as a drench, some bicarbonate soda was added to it, she was given a penicillin jab and pain relief as there was a chance while being tubed that some liquid might end up in her lungs, our neighbour Senior C came round to help out, Martin and me had Janine restrained on the ground while the vet tried to get a tube down her, needless to say Janine was not playing ball, eventually with the tube down her, senior C poured the tea into the funnel, most got into her, the tannin in the tea helps to coagulate the toxins and the bicarb was to replace the natural bicarb that alpacas make in there saliva,
I have some lovely bruises on my arms, legs and stomach were I was kicked by a thrashing distressed Janine.
Janine has spent most of the day laying in the shade
She didn't want to stay in the barn by herself, I wasn't going to cause her anymore stress so let her into the field with the others and she settled in the woodpile.
We have been checking on her all day, the vet gave her a 50/50 chance of recovery, getting her through the next few days will give her a good chance,
By tea time she had perked up ate with the others and started grazing a bit,
She is now laying in the field with the others
She is not out of the woods yet and we are well aware we might still loose her.
she still has some more medication to have,
the vet phoned us back this afternoon to see how she was and said if she takes a turn for the worse they will hospitalise her and get her on an IV, but so far so good.
We just have to see what tomorrow brings.