Splinting legs

Discussion in 'Dairy Goat Info' started by NWgoats, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. NWgoats

    NWgoats New Member

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    I have been reading about how to apply splints for contracted tendons. How far up the leg do I need to go? My doeling born last night has them, just her pasterns, not the knees. Should the splint be below the knee? Should it touch the ground? She is really making an effort to get around, but I think a little extra help would be good for her. (Yes, I already did the selenium/Vit E. and will continue) She is a triplet and the smallest. Born last night.
     
  2. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    I use the foam pipe insulation and run up the leg if just the hocks then I just run up the pasturn
     

  3. Toilet paper rolls & vet wrap. Kaye recommended that to me for Honey and it worked GREAT. Cheap to! Lol
     
  4. NWgoats

    NWgoats New Member

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    So, just cover and support the joint that is bending? Her back pasterns are a bit that way, but she stands tippy toe on them and they should straighten on their own I would think. But the fronts are a bit worse.
     
  5. Sondra

    Sondra New Member

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    Yes that is what I do and just bring it slightly above the ground so she is standing on her hooves
     
  6. NWgoats

    NWgoats New Member

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    Thank you. I used the toilet paper rolls and the minute I set her down, she was off. Walks pretty good with extra support. So how long should I leave them on? Until we see improvement?
     
  7. stoneyheightsfarm

    stoneyheightsfarm New Member

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    I did this with straws and medical tape--just like the pictures of the crayon splints on here (I think LeeAnne's?) Anyhow, just needed it for a day. You might try them off tomorrow and see how she does. My vet said that all that was really needed was a little exercise. Once he got the exercise, he was fine on his own w/o the splints, but couldn't get the exercise before I got the splints on him. My buckling has been up on his hooves and running and hopping about ever since.