Mando is eleven weeks old and we couldn’t be more proud of him. This little guy is a survivor!
Due to his severe cleft palate and underbite, Mando is at high risk for aspiration pneumonia. In addition to treating him with a low dose antibiotic right now, we have been administering several nebulizer treatments per day. We also do coupage, a massage therapy technique, that helps break up any fluid in the lungs. This has helped Mando stay healthy and strong. He actually seems to really enjoy the nebulizer and coupage treatments.
Our trusted vet has been working with us closely to ensure Mando is getting everything he needs. He is getting closer to being fully weaned off formula now that he has learned how to drink/eat from a bowl. Even though he’s meeting and often overreaching his daily calorie intake goal for his age, he has remained exactly the same weight for the past three weeks. This may mean that Mando has other health complications or that he will remain small. We will continue to monitor him very closely and offer Mando all the care he needs.
He has become more independent around the pasture, hanging out with the big goats throughout the day (with our supervision). He is a highly adaptable little guy and has been such a joy for us to care for. Thank you to our CAPE community for your support.
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