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Meningeal Worm

Meningeal worm. Also known as M-worm, brain-worm, or P. tenuis.
The natural host of the worm is white tailed deer and it’s picked up by passing slugs or snails, then accidentally ingested by camelids, goats, sheep, or other domesticated farm animals. M-worm doesn’t cause any problems for the deer, but in a foreign host the worm gets “lost” and finds it’s way to the brain or spinal cord causing all sorts of neurological disorders.

You can see in these pictures how his back legs crossed.

Recently, Patrick started acting a little off. It started with a small limp in one back leg. I checked him out and couldn’t find the problem. So we gave him some time to come around, but a week went by and his entire hind end seemed stiff. Then, he started dragging his toes on both his back legs. His front half was fine. He was eating, drinking, and alert. He didn’t have a temperature, but it was like his back half was drunk and stumbling around. He crossed his legs with every step and we decided it was time to call a vet. Based on his symptoms and lack of other illness, she diagnosed him with meningeal worm and we began treatment right away.

His treatment included: One intramuscular shot of Ivermectin (wormer) for three days, two intramuscular shots of Banamine (pain reliever/anti-inflammatory) for three days, a large dose of Safe-Guard (wormer, 10x what is recommended on the bottle) for five days, and plenty of extra vitamins.
We finished his treatment on January 4th, but healing from the neurological damage can take up to a year. Unfortunately though, sometimes the animal never recovers fully and lives with the neurological problems for the remainder of their life.

Once his shots and oral medication were finished, he still received 30mL of nutri-drench a day for one more week. I mixed it in with his grain to make it easier on both of us. Let me remind you guys, bucks stink. Very bad. My buck coat, gloves, and pants now stay outside after this very hands-on time with Patrick. I don’t think I’ll ever get that smell out of them. Yuck!

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Welcoming 2019

Along with the new year comes new goals, personal and business related. Last year, I struggled finding my niche in the soap making world. I saw businesses that strictly focused on soap, very pretty pictures and wonderful combinations of scents and colors. Some that focused on many different skin care products and others that focused on homesteading and natural health. All of them had a theme or a style different from the next. I never really felt like I found ours though. My very busy mind had tons of ideas, but a hard time focusing on what direction to take them.

My initial thought was, because we’re selling soap, our pictures needed to be clean and fresh.. but as the year went on, I realized what we do is not always “clean and fresh” – because making soap isn’t the only thing we do around here. In fact, making soap is a very small part of what we do around here.

Tending to our small farm comes first and it takes up a huge part of every day. It is dirty! Really dirty sometimes! Taking all these nice pictures is fun and I love sharing them, but I want to share the hard and not so pretty moments too! So, this is my vow to change the direction of our business. We want to be informative and really show you guys what we are doing here – outside of making luxurious goat milk soap for you!