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Old Jul 7th 2009, 06:30 PM   #1
  May 2009
I have read two other posts on fawns that appear to be blind. We found a late baby today that seems to be just that - her eyes appear to be smaller than what you would normally see, and almost closed - I actually thought she didn't have any. But they are there, albeit not working properly. She seems to be very lively, but smelling to find me.......has anyone ever had a fawn "grow out" of being blind? I gave some thiamine (2 cc IM), but that's all because I figure if she's compromised already I don't want to burden her system anymore. Any suggestions?
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Old Jul 7th 2009, 09:03 PM   #2
  May 2009
Try B1 (Thiamin) for 3-4 days (1/2 to 1 cc per day subQ) until eyes begin to clear. If eyes do begin to clear, give 1cc antibiotic or Pen G (IM) and 1cc B12 complex (SQ)as a follow up. Good Luck!
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Old Jul 8th 2009, 09:45 AM   #3
  Jul 2009
If a "blind fawn" is the case...and you know who the mother is ....Try putting a bell collar around the fawns mothers neck. The blind fawn will locate the Mom faster and get its milk.
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Old Jul 8th 2009, 12:10 PM   #4
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  Apr 2009
  Rivesville, WV

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I have seen this in the past from other farms. IF the fawn is indeed COMPLETELY blind, please do it the favor and put it down. When is grows up it will have a terrible life. Any time the herd would get scared, it will be trampled by other deer, left to fend for itself, ot run into the fence face first. The other terrible thing that will happen is the rest of the herd could turn against the weak one. They could kick and hurt this deer. Mother nature is a cruel,cruel woman.

This will all lead to a hard life for this deer, not to mention the worry and stress that it is going to cause you.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but some people may not be as honest about this situation as I am.

In any case, I do wish you luck. We all love these animals just as you do.
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Old Jul 8th 2009, 02:42 PM   #5
  Apr 2009
  Nowata, OK

Well said. Mother nature can be a "b otch". It will be in the best interest for the owner and the animal to put it down if it is truely blind. Good luck
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Old Jul 8th 2009, 02:53 PM   #6
  Apr 2009
  Magnolia, Ohio
Another thing to look out for is cataracts. We had a buck fawn several years ago that had them and our Vet told us that as he grew, the cataracts would stay the same size and that he would be able to see better. We bottle fed him and gave him to someone with small pens and he is doing well today, several years later.
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