Friday, July 27, 2012

Frothy Bloat!

My mom gave the farmer a scare last night. Everything was going normally for doing chores. The farmer put Gloria (my mom) on the milk stand and put the milk machine on. She was acting normal and eating her grain. Halfway through milking, Gloria peed on the milk stand. The farmer went to scold her for making a mess and saw that she has large gobs of slimy goo coming out of her mouth and nose. Frothy bloat! The farmer whipped Gloria off of the milk stand and started walking her to help move some of the frothy gas out of her stomach. She walked and walked up and down the farm to keep Gloria moving. Gloria spit out gobs of goo and snot. The farmer had to stop every so often to wipe the slime from Gloria's nose so she could breath. The farmer got her hubby to walk the goat while she went to the house and got 1 cup of peanut oil and some baking soda. She gave this to Gloria to try to break the surface tension of the froth so it would stop building up in the rumen. Gloria kept burping and spitting up slime for a while. She started to puff up and get very large. The farmer was worried that she wouldn't be able to stop the gas from expanding and it would hurt Gloria. After a lot of walking and massaging Gloria stopped spitting up goo and her stomach went back to normal size. She is fine today and is eating normally. Hooray for the farmer who saved the day!

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