Say "HI" to Poppy! Other than the wheelchair and some of her related health struggles, she is a happy and spoiled goat! Her owner in the US gave me permission to share about her.
Poppy was born with her back legs paralyzed. Her owner adopted her at the tender age of three days old, determined to help her because she was so sweet and happy. The owner enlisted university vet school help to get her set up with her wheelchair and leg issues. Besides her paralysis she has dealt with weight issues (underweight)- which is common when the lower spine is affected as the GI won't always work correctly in those cases and her legs being stiff from chronic/recurrent infections. I'm also going to add that because she has to pull herself forward with only her front legs, rather than doing an upright walk and bouncing with four legs, that the shoulder assembly and front legs are going to experience more wear and tear than normal. And their is always going to be the watch that she doesn't get any pressure injuries (bed sores). Her owner found me and already this cuddly goat is putting on weight just a few days after starting her whole herb program. Because of the amount of herbs she is using we started her on a graduated approach. It is quite evident that she has had great care by looking at her shiny healthy coat, nose, eyes and attitude.
She is taking DWA™ which is standard for any livestock or pet animal that could be exposed to minute moving creatures in their environment which often are ingested.
GI Soother™ will be used 2x daily until she is at normal weight for her size. Then at a lessor rate because they live in an area that is humid which exposes them to additional risks of ingesting things that can severely damage the gi tract.
AKing Joint™ support is awesome for anything that wants swelling support.
HerBiotic ™ herb support is what I use when facing wellness challenges that are active. It's a must have product to keep on hand, especially during the colder and wetter weather months of fall/winter/spring. This is helping to support her body so that her leg joints have the support they need to keep themselves healthier.
BetterDaze ™ Herb mix is something we use as a daily wellness formula. It's ideal for challenged, young, old, breeding or stressed animals. I like to use it daily for the life of my animals. I consider it extremely important to allow my youngstock to have the best opportunity to reach their genetic potential, whether that be puppies when we raised them, poultry, our livestock and our mares and foals.
Wounderful!™ Salve Is wonderful support for any skin or tissue having issues or needing support to help the body be it's strongest. In Poppy's case that is anywhere that may show signs of stress from her equipment, as well as any joints needing support in helping them to health themselves to have the best chance at gaining flexibility and strength over time. I use this product frequently on myself- both on areas where an old injury may flair up or with new injuries. I try to avoid injuries to myself, but well, I have a farm and livestock and like to work out so they happen!
May you all be abundantly blessed and be as smiley, well loved and happy as Poppy :)
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MW in TX writes:, "Hi Katherine!
Two things I wanted you to know.
- I took a goat fecal sample into our rural vet. He raved that it was the cleanest sample he had checked in thirty years. This is after one year of DWA and GI Soother cookies every Tuesday. I told him I used herbs. Of course he rolled his eyes and said "yah that will work until it doesn't". ha ha! I want to take in another sample just to prove it still works but I can't see spending the money just to prove what I already know. Thanks Fir Meadows!
- I have a tip for one of my uses of Wounderful. I had a new doe with really bad hooves so I trimmed her frequently and then rubbed Wounderful all over her hooves and in between the toes. It wasn't long until they were wonderful. Now with every goat hoof trim I finish up with a good thorough coating of Wounderful."
You can get DWA here
And Wonderful here
Thank you MW for sharing your story so that you can be an encouragement to others that they aren't 'stepping off of the deep end" when they decide to use nurturing whole herbs instead of chemicals for their fur babies big and small :). Many Blessings :) K
It's a hot one out there today!
Be sure your animals have access to plenty of fresh cool water during the heat. some of them like our alpacas and guardian dogs like to lie in kiddie pools or splash. I also have a mare that likes to splash.
Other things- you can give NONlactating animals peppermint tea in their drinking water, or Animals at least one years old you can dilute 1 - 3 drops -depending on size of animal- peppermint essential oil - again non lactating and not for feline use, in a spray bottle and spritz it on them (avoid eyes and body openings) or mix with 1 tsp of peppermint eo and put on them. If they are lactating substitute with Eucaplyptus globulus essential oil. I like animals to be at least 4 months old when I use that, but in an emergency will use it younger diulted more. Not for feline use. We have essential oils at https://www.firmeadowllc.com/essential-oils-new.html
Shaving/clipping hair on animal bellies with a ten blade on the clippers also helps them to shed more heat and is nice to do for animals living in hot climates or for unusually hot days.
If you would like to top of their electrolytes I'm a big fan of coconut water for that. One can also use the fancier (More expensive) cactus waters and home juiced grapefruit juice works well too. IF your animal is on medications skip using grapefruit as it may make the medications ineffective. I use 1/4 cup for 150 lbs of animal or human that is otherwise healthy. More if they are having a heat episode (and cool quickly starting at their feet with cold water or ice water) and working up the legs to the body while keeping them in the shade or making shade over them (such as holding a tarp over them). When helping animals be sure you watch the humans too- a red face or worse purple indicates a very overheated person- cool them NOW. Don't wait that long. Stay on water and electrolytes well before then and out of the sun if possible.
Misters placed in the air helps reduce air temperature feel by about 5 degrees Fahrenheit and using inexpensive box fans in barns also helps reduce heat issues. Be sure than any electrical chords are unable to be reached by animals and watch for tripping hazards when stretching cords across aisleways. Access to shade goes without saying.
Stressed animals from the heat? Take a look at our MMUNE(tm) Herb Mix to help their immune systems deal with the stress: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p874/Herb_Mix_MMune_%28tm%29__immune_system_support__8_oz.html
Getting ready to breed? LOVE using BetterDaze(tm) herb mix to keep bodies topped off: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p418/Herb_Mix_BetterDaze%E2%84%A2__8_oz.html
BEES are getting to be boogers this time of year. At our family camp two kids got nailed just two hours apart by wasps. And one was a neck sting that started swelling because neck and head stings react faster due to blood supply. In those situations I use cayenne internally for any potential shocky types of issues and DBUG salve. it was amazing how fast both stings quit hurting the kids and how fast the swelling started receding- making it impossible to see where they were stung a few hours later. GREAT to keep on hand for pets, people and your barnyard.
DBug(tm) Salve: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p384/Salve_DBug%E2%84%A2_4_oz.html
Blessings All! K
HB in Texas shared today on their BROKEN BONE experience thus far.
"Good afternoon! Just wanted to update you on my daughters broken arm. Originally the dr was still on the fence about surgery, and said that if she didnt have surgery, she would be in the big cast for a month. Today, just one week after starting the bone supplements, the dr determined NO surgery, and she can get her big cast off in just 2 weeks! I could see so much healing on the xray, the bones had even pulled back together! Thank you so much!!!!!"
Thank-you for sharing this with us to be able to spread hope to others! We have used these in our own family with human and livestock broken bones and tissues. HB gets the credit for actually USING the products after purchasing them. They don't help when they stay 'on the shelf' :).
For this problem I recommend BOTH of these. I'm more than happy to give instructions after ordering as they will differ from the label in this type of situation.
https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p249/Capsules_Complete_Tissue_%26_Bone_%28repair_support%29_100_.html which we sell for below retail pricing
https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p93/Salve_Wounderful%21%E2%84%A2_4_oz_It_is_WONDERFUL%21%21%21_Tissue_Support.html 4 whole ounces, not just the 2 one usually finds on products at a store...
Many Blessings ALL OF YOU for a SAFE and HAPPY Spring :)
Thank you! We're new to dairy goats, have been reading your book (love it! Watching for more books too) and are on our way to raising our small herd naturally. Thank you very much for all the educational material you have out and continue to offer. CL in Pennsylvania
What are you waiting for??? Get yours today! Signed by the Author :D
"But I don't have coyotes" your mind is telling you. The truth is you probably do. They cruise through rural, suburban and even sometimes city areas of 49 of our states and all of Canada. February & March they tend to be the most aggressive as they enter breeding season along with reduced rodent availability. Male coyotes can become extremely aggressive due to increased testosterone levels and increases in fighting with other males. After that hunting increases to feed their quickly growing pups. Fall of course encourages them to hunt extra to try to put on extra weight for winter and winter of course faces it's own challenges. We have seen coyotes all hours of the daytime and of course hear them out at night (we have at least three distinct packs in our neighborhood). They've been sighted off in the distance, in neighbor's yards and even just a step outside of our livestock containing fencing! Fencing without a guardian in it of course can be dug under, squeezed through or under or sometimes jumped over from a log or pile of manure or other item that a careless stock owner leaves too close to the fence. Coyotes only require a few inches to squeeze under or through something. Check your fencing regularly to avoid this.
As livestock and pet owners there are many concerns with coyotes. One is the spread of parvo through their feces. Another is the well known fact that they delight in hunting dogs and cats as a part of their menu, even snatching them off of porches. Even your guardian dogs aren't 100% safe from them. This is why. Several years ago we watched the audacity of one coyote in the afternoon run back and forth along the fenceline with our guardian dogs going bananas just on the other side. What was that trouble maker up to? He knew he couldn't get in and with dogs right there he wouldn't try. What he was doing and what they try to do is to get a dog or two to come after them. Suicidal? No. Hunting? Yes! If they can coerce your guardian or other dog to dig out, squeeze out or go over for a chase they will lead your dog right into an ambush by the pack. End of dog. One guardian or two guardians have no way to take on a pack of coyotes in a planned ambush.
Coyotes are ruthless in their hunting. When going after livestock (or deer, elk, etc) their main strategy is do distract and attack from the front to keep their prey's attention while one or more go for the hamstring or scrotum at the rear. As soon as they bring their animal down they don't finish the kill. They just start eating. Sick and evil, but true. They also are very well known for pulling baby livestock away during birthing- even before the baby is completely out of the birth canal! Always keep your mares, jennies, cattle and small livestock if possible in a coyote proof pen close in when birthing, and / or keep guardians with them. They generally target pets and small livestock (including your immature large livestock), but if they are real hungry they will also target large stock. I also had a horse about twenty years ago that sustained an injury to his face from hitting the fence while running coyotes off.
Ways to avoid coyotes on your place is by keeping good strong fencing on borders where possible along with a guardian or guardians on the inside. Guardian dogs, llamas, occasionally an alpaca male, and donkeys are all commonly used for livestock guardians. There are pros and cons to each form so you'll need to decide which is right for you. Electric fencing can be used but it a maintenance issue if placed on the outside of the fence due to grass and brush growth. Solar powered electric web fencing is very expensive but works well for those that need to get a fence up quick in a new location. It's most commonly used for small livestock and poultry.
Coyotes are very difficult to shoot. My husband has been able to drop one in all of our years together. But certainly if you have safety training and it's legal for you to shoot where you are, this is another method to try to narrow down the ranks. If you are having to shoot onto a neighbor's property to get them be sure you have their permission. Don't count on being able to get very many this way though unless you live in an area where you can set up with a light, calls etc in areas where it's legal to hunt them that way.
Remember that while coyotes are wiley, your number one most likely predator damage is going to be from DOGS- from your neighborhood, your own, or strays wandering through. We get clients from all three scenarios. Please have a plan to keep them out of your stock.
May you never ever ever have a problem from these beautiful but rotten thieves. We are here to help you with herbal aftercare should you have an animal or animals that ever experience predator damage. See our great products at www.firmeadowllc.com . Look for Better Daze, Cayenne extract or herb powder, Wounderful! Salve and ReBuilld herb mix to radically support the healing process. Blessings ALL OF YOU!!!