Logan has recovered an amazing amount since last night. He went from writhing in pain on the ground to walking around with his mom like nothing ever happened. It blows my mind that improvement can happen this fast but I should know better– I’ve had kidney stones myself and its very similar– one minute you think you are going to die (or wish you would!) and then the stone passes and suddenly everything is okay!
I’ll be in touch with the vet to see if we need to do anything else to make sure he fully recovers (like give him antibiotics) and will look into what we can do to prevent future stones. Stones in sheep are often due to diet but Logan has never been on grain or feed– just pure pasture– so I’m not sure what to blame this problem on. I’ve heard that sometimes they just happen in wethers no matter what their diet is like. When they are castrated their hormones get shut off and they stop developing masculine characteristics. In most cases, this is a good thing and is the reason we castrate them! But one of the drawbacks is that their penises remain underdeveloped and small which makes them more prone to becoming blocked. Still, there are some things that can be added to their diets which can help prevent stones so we will look into what we can do to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Even if it does happen, now we know what to look for and what to do so our boys won’t have to suffer through a long day or more before we figure out how to help them.
p.s. I was hoping that after all of our bonding yesterday, Logan wouldn’t be as shy around me today. No such luck. I can’t tell he is feeling better because now he runs as soon as I get near him!