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Old Jan 5th 2015, 12:42 PM   #1
 
  Jul 2009


New Years Eve, Wednesday, I was standing on the front porch and saw a doe with a badly swinging, broken, front leg being chased by a mature buck. I got out the dart gun and loaded some BAM. It took a while to find her but I finally got her darted. Of course then I had to stand guard to keep the buck off her as she went down.*


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BIL and I got her to the house to examine the break. Left front leg was shattered in several pieces for a couple of inches below the knee. Too much damage to splint. I could not reach either of my Vets being New Years Eve. Wife is a RN but she was headed to work.*


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I decided to remove the leg right at the knee joint. BIL helped by holding and moving leg for me. Removal went pretty smooth, only had one "bleeder" and I got it clamped and stitched off. Folded skin under joint and stapled up the back side of the incision. Wrapped it up, allowing for drainage and put her in the barn for observation.


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Five days later she is doing good, walking on three legs, eating and no sign of infection.


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This was my first surgery. I guess 40 years of taxidermy work paid off.... **
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Old Jan 5th 2015, 01:04 PM   #2
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  Feb 2011
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That brings back memories doesn't it antlershed. I got to help matt take off a front leg and stitch up the flap. The doe did well and gave fawn that year then I bought her and unfortunately in may she did not get up from laying in the shed. She was a tame doe but not one I would walk up and rub all over while laying there. I gave her a while to see if maybe she was just in labor when I returned she was still there chewing her cud so I tried to lift her to her feet with no luck. What happened next was a miracle in the least. I called every farmer I knew about what to do. All said that maybe something was pinched by the fawns and they needed out. Called my vet and he figured out from all the time of twisting with only one front leg it had separated her spine and paralyzed her from the front shoulders back. She needed put down but ge wasnt giving up hope on the fawns. He was going to try a c-section to get the fawns out but prepared me to loose all three. Lot of emotion followed but he numbed the doe and began the cutting. Within what was maybe 45sec he handed one at a time to antlershed while I held her head. He quickly cleaned their airway with cold water and got them both to gasp for there first breath. Both survived abd he put the mother to sleep. Two c-section buck fawns that were now being bottlefed with what he guessed as a week or two early.
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Old Jan 5th 2015, 01:04 PM   #3
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Good luck on your doe and im happy the surgery went well
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Old Jan 5th 2015, 01:06 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2013
  NJ, deer are kept in PA
I'm sure being a taxidermist helped Alot. I would be sol in that situation. Weather is cold so infection may stay at bay. No flies really to cause much damage I'm hoping?
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Old Jan 5th 2015, 06:06 PM   #5
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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I would have liked to post a link to my story, but it was years ago on the old forums, so I don't have it. I removed my does leg right below the knee. Sounds like yours went well, good luck with her and I hope she continues to recover.
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Old Jan 8th 2015, 06:00 AM   #6
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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I knew I had a pic somewhere, finally found it. Here was my doe a week after her surgery. Note her shaved neck, when the vet was here to TB test, he said I did ok with the amputation. So that made me feel good. She lived to have twin bucks for me that spring, one died, and one scored 210" as a three year old this past fall. Then she had twin bucks for travis the next spring, one of those is at a different farm, from the pics I seen of him, I think he scores 250" or so as a two year old. This girl could get it done. Too bad she died while trying to give birth to the fawns at travis's farm.
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Old Jan 8th 2015, 06:00 AM   #7
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Old Jan 8th 2015, 06:02 AM   #8
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Here was her heavy horn 3 year old. She was a thrower of mass.
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Old Jan 8th 2015, 07:25 AM   #9
 
  Jul 2009


looks like what I did , except I took the leg off at the joint. She's doing fine so far.
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