• Going under the knife!

    I was a bit apprehensive about the vet coming to carry out castrations on our miniature shetlands and 7 of our younger alpacas. When I booked the vet a couple of weeks ago the weather was minus 3 and we had snow outside. I needn't have worried! Castration day turned out to be 13 degrees C with no breeze at all and a nice dry barn floor to work on. The vet arrived with two assistants, a vet nurse and a soon to be qualified vet. What a team! They worked so smoothly together. The alpacas and ponies came into the barn very calmly and the watched with interest whilst their friends went under the knife. We had no resistance from any of them - I think they enjoyed the drugs a little too much. I have to admit to having the odd giggle at them whilst they were under! Dumbledore took ages to come around and when he did he just flopped his head onto his shoulders just like a swan and stayed like that for another 10 minutes! And Sweep woke up and managed to wrap the towel he had been resting on around his head and sat in the dark for a few minutes before any of us noticed. The ponies staggered around for a good 20 minutes after they were back on their feet. It really was quite funny! None seemed uncomfortable at all when they came round so the the painkillers were obviously working and all ambled over for their dinner though slightly slower than normal!

    Glad it's over, glad we did the little boys before attempting the big ones! It was all very calm and really quite an enjoyable day! We had tea and sandwiches in the sunshine with the vets - very civilised!

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