February 18th, 2011

pets: LaDue

Well, that was fun....

NOT. We went out last night with the intention of drawing blood on 5 does - all the dairy girls. I had the vaccutainers ready, and had Himself assigned to milk so SG and I could play vampire.

It was a MAJOR FAIL. SG could NOT find the damn vein, no matter what. The milkroom looked like a crime scene - splatterings of blood everywhere, dirty needles, blood-covered paper towels...but no blood in the tubes. I felt sorry for the 3 girls we tried...We have a call in for the vet to come out :sigh: and give us a real lesson. Guess the first 2 were flukes......(yes, we shaved the necks, and I held the head up and to the side. The main problem is that I simply can't control them if they start moving - my left arm...well, I need to see a doctor. Constant pain in the elbow now, and my left hand has been numb and swollen for 2 days. Fun!)

I just didn't want to spend the money...but don't see a choice - I *need* those does tested! I need to know who's bred and who's open.....NOW. :big sigh:

Got the kids returns done, and ready to mail. Got our return done, but need a little more info to get it in file-able shape. Hopefully I can e-file it this weekend.......

Looks like I'm back to part-time now. :rolls eyes: Financial Advisor *wants* me to do his work, and he is very generous with what he would offer, money-wise. We'll see if Ms boss takes his advice....I kinda doubt it.

Tomorrow we hit the bookstores for text books. I'm ready - Himself is starting to get excited. 10 days.......
pets: Calvin

Quick Update

The vet is gonna charge us $45 to come to the farm, and $10/goat for the blood draw. :gulp: Still, we *gotta* get this done, and I figure this as education charges. (Still, though - $10 EACH???? I have the blood tubes....wonder if he'll cut us a discount for that?)

Also - if you need to get med supplies (syringes/needles/gloves/blood tubes/etc), the CHEAPEST place I've found is Med Vet. Seriously, blood draw tubes were 100 for $25 (with shipping!).....I just placed an order with them. $88 got me 24 generic Vet Wraps, *200* 3 cc syringes (1 box was free), 100 5cc syringes, 100 20 gauge needles, 1 sharps container, 2 boxes of nitril gloves (1 L, 1 M) and 2 XL Classic Kongs (what??? I have 2 HUGE dogs that LOVE Kongs, and PetSmart wants $19.99 EACH. I got 2 for $19.16...) These guys ship fast, and the quality seems high - the vaccutainer tubes I got are identical to the ones the vet downstairs gave me. And...the website prices are lower than their eBay prices....:heh:

They carry just about everything - suture kits (on my list for later), scrubs, even some RX meds - I don't know how competitive the prices are there, because I let my vet order those for me. Everything else, though is WELL below what I've been paying locally. I *highly* recommend them if you need to stock up on supplies - kidding season is just around the corner! (The pet supplies are also competitivly priced - if you need dog stuff, check them out. I'll go back later and get more dog toys)
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