Losing A Good Goat to Urinary Calculi

Losing A Good Goat to Urinary Calculi

The pen the I built seems so big and empty.  The fence that I built seems too high. The garden is not at risk. The roses will likely grow back now. Our feed bill will be lower next month.

This post comes after a long deep breath. You see, our goat… Buddy, died this week. I never thought I’d mourn the loss of a goat, but I am.

Living with Buddy the Goat

Buddy was annoying, forceful when food was present and would jump any fence to get into trouble. He cost us so much in feed and infrastructure. A new goat house was built to accommodate Buddy’s unnerving ability to get out of almost anything. The double gate entry system was designed and installed to give us a better chance at getting in without Buddy getting out. He even discovered how to open our back door to get on our kitchen table!

Goat on kitchen table
Buddy was so good at getting into trouble. He discovered that he could open our back door to eat our fruit on the table while we were at church!

Ugh… why do we do so much for one goat!  Because we loved him, that’s why.

We  have two other goats, but they don’t seem to care much for us like Buddy did. Buddy was more of a friend like a good dog. He loved to be petted. He would come to us when we called his name. His gorgeous blue eyes were heart melting. When he laid his head on our laps we melted.

Baby Buddy the Goat Eating Comfrey
Baby Buddy the Goat Eating Comfrey

Why did Buddy become ill?

It would be difficult to know exactly how and why he became ill. He laid down one day and started contracting like he was trying to pass something. We observed him that evening and called some people who had goat experience. It seemed clear that Buddy could not urinate. Apparently this is not uncommon in male goats. Some say it’s even more common in wethers (male goats that have been castrated). I don’t know if this is true, but it is a common belief.

Treating Buddy’s Urinary Calculi

Two small stones were massaged out of the urinary tract. We were so hoping that this would help Buddy relieve himself. It didn’t. A trip to the vet would have him undergo a minor surgical procedure to nip the tip. This was supposed to increase the opening… again making it possible for Buddy to relieve himself. Beyond that there were other surgical options.

I’m very sad to say that we just couldn’t afford more.

That statement causes more emotion in me than I care to really admit. We couldn’t come up with enough money to keep our Buddy alive. We had to be “practical” with our budget. Logically I get it. I really do… but it’s hard to swallow.

The next couple days nothing got done on the farm but caring for buddy. We did vitamin injections, pain relievers, muscle relaxers and dredged him orally with Ammonium Chloride. That was miserable.

Buddy seemed to respond well to the treatments. He perked up occasionally. This made us think that he could pull through this. We did not want to give up.

Losing A Good Goat to Urinary Calculi

My wife had to take our son to a doctor’s appointment, so I stayed home with our daughter and Buddy. I was convinced that Buddy would still be there just like he had been for the last couple days. I was in and out of his pen looking after him.

There was a moment when Buddy started making noises that were not even close to normal. It was horrible. I knew this was it. This was the kind of misery that you are not supposed to let an animal endure.

The moment was here. I had to make the decision that I did not want to face. It took me about five minutes to go inside and get my weapon. Right at that same time a Permaculture friend pulled up the drive. I offered to shake his hand after I did this thing. He understood and came out with me.

Buddy spared me the emotional moment. He passed on his own in that short time that I walked away from him. I wanted to cry, but held it back. I’m tearing up writing this post. I am sad that Buddy is gone.

My friend and I wrapped Buddy up in a blanket that he had been laying on. He was carried to his final resting place. 90 pounds never felt so heavy.

For the time that we had Buddy on our farm I am grateful. There will never be a goat like that for us again.  Losing A Good Goat to Urinary Calculi.

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8 thoughts on “Losing A Good Goat to Urinary Calculi”

  1. So sad to hear about Buddy passing away. I stumbled upon your site looking for a YouTube video on putting together the 6×8 greenhouse several months ago (and have watched it several times with my husband so he can put it together..haha) and check back every few days to see what you and your sweet family are doing. Take care. Peggy

  2. I’m so sorry about, Buddy. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. I’m so glad you didn’t have to end his life yourself. That would have been so hard on you. I’m glad his suffering is over. You gave him a very good life, my friend. God bless.

  3. Hi again. Well we did it! We were able to build the base and frame of the greenhouse today. You were with us the entire day as we continually followed your youtube video. I sincerely cannot thank you enough for patiently going over the details..especially those crazy windows and yowza…that door!!!!! Just curious if you had any left over parts? We had 4 extra end caps…perhaps we will be able to assess in the daylight. We worked from early this morning to well after dark. Thanks again for for the daddykirbs site. It is a joy to read.

  4. So sorry for the loss! Our vet talked with us about this, I had never heard of it…. she said it was more common in over weight castrated males, but even us with our dairy females should keep an eye out for symptoms, That said, she didn’t have any symptoms to watch for until it was full blown. She did offer those expensive surgeries…. which we could (would) not afford either.
    This is only the second article I have read on your blog….
    Just wanted to say “Nice to meet you” and “It gets better.”
    Hugs to your family, thanks for your knowledge and sharing

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