Recently we had a buck kid injure his hind leg and we eventually had to take him
to a vet to see if it could be corrected. They were able to correct the problem and
he is doing fine now. Now we have had a young doe kid get a similar injury and we
are going to try and treat it the same as the vet did. Several young kids may get
injured by older animals and many times the injury is to the ligament in the leg.
The picture to the right shows the injured right leg. The animal will not put any
weight on the leg and continually holds it up.
Many times that type of an injury to one leg will cause problems in the good leg.
Look at the left leg in the picture to the right. The good leg is starting to bow
out because it is the only weight support in the back. This can eventually cause
the leg to be permanently bowed out. The good leg in the buck kid treated earlier
had an extreme bow and the vet decided action had to be taken on both legs in a similar
manner. At this time, we are only going to do the injured leg for this doe but we
may come back and splint it if it continues to have a problem.
The splints the vet used on our buck kid were named "Quicksplint". I found them on
the internet. They are for dogs and cats but work great for young goat kids. You
can get them for the front or back legs and three different sizes. We ordered one
set of each size for the back legs so we will be prepared for our next injuries.
They are shown to the right. They come in a pair for each leg. Notice the one with
the X on it. This is from the ones used on our buck kid and they can be reused. Notice
the bottom of the one with the X. A section at the bottom was removed for a better
fit in the length. The top and bottom have sections that can be broken off to adjust
the height at the top or bottom.
We gave our injured doe a shot of Banamine for pain 10-15 minutes before starting
to work on the leg just to help ease her while we splint the leg. That may not be
necessary but the leg injury may also have inflammation in it and we will continue
to do Banamine treatment for the inflammation for the next 5 days.
The picture to the right shows us measuring the different splints to see which size
is best. This is a medium sized splint and the doe is approx. 6-7 weeks old.
The first step is to start developing a stirrup that will be used to help prevent
the splint from slipping down. We take a roll of adhesive tape and put it on the
injured leg starting approx. at the hock and going passed the hoof for 4-5 inches.
The tape needs to be on the hair to help prevent future slippage.
Next we first take some cotton padding roll and pad up the leg where the splint will
be. The padding is to allow the splint a better fit and prevent later bandaging to
cut off any blood circulation. After the padding is applied, we take a roll of gauze
and firmly wrap the cotton padding into place and to give a smooth appearance for
the splint to be placed upon.
The splint is placed on the leg. Ensure the splint is positioned so the bend in the
splint is properly fitting at the hock area. Next, the loose end of the stirrup bandage
is move up over the bottom of the splint thus creating a stirrup for the bottom of
the splint. We take the roll of tape and secure the stirrup strip in the proper position
so we can do the final taping. We ordered some Porous Adhesive tape for the final
wrapping. The vet used an elastic, porous adhesive tape on the buck. Both types were
available on the interned site where we found our supplies
We took the Porous adhesive tape and started wrapping it from the hoof area. An inch
or two above the hoof did not have any splint or wrapping. There was hair visible.
This is where we started wrapping so that the tape initially was directly in contact
with the hair to give a more permanent base. We continually wrapped the leg from
the bottom to the top a few times to ensure we had a good covering that was firm
but not so tight as to stop blood circulation.
Now we have put the doe and her mother in a pen area where she will not have to do
much walking or possible have another animal injure her again at this time. For the
buck kid, the vet had us leave the splint on for a month before removing it. When
we initially removed the splint, the legs seemed weak to us. However, the more he
used the legs without the splints applied, the stronger the muscle in the legs became.
The buck's bowed leg is no longer noticeable any more. We hope this young doe will
have a successful recovery also.
Here is the name and internet address of where we found the supplies and the specific
supplies we ordered: