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Old Aug 30th 2010, 01:23 PM   #1
 
  May 2010
  Hazleton, PA
Hi Guys:



I just posted a reply on my other thread but wanted to make sure everyone saw this. Anyway, today I darted my small fawn with 1/2 cc of Xylazine. The darting went well but the effects of the Xylazine have not worn off. Unfortunately my vet showed up at the farm later than expected and so the darting took place later than I would have liked and it got REALLY REALLY hot today. I thought the fawn would have recovered prior to the heat of the afternoon but it DID NOT! The fawn was darted at appx 10:00 am and the reversal was administered by the vet after a full examination and steroid and antibiotic injections. I DON'T KNOW WHY THIS FAWN HASN'T RECOVERED YET. I am afraid that the heat may have caused more complications. He is breathing well and has been on his feet but only when I approached to move him out of the sun. I called the vet to see if I should try to get water in him but she was afraid that would stress him too much. Does anyone have advice on what, if anything, I should do? I fear that he will dehydrate from the heat and inability to get to water.



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Old Aug 30th 2010, 01:34 PM   #2
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  Apr 2009
  Marquez, TX

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If you just darted him today, he is probably still in a little bit of a haze. It's not unusual for them to lay around after recovering from being darted. If he's getting up and running off when you approach him, then he's strong enough to get to water.
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Old Aug 30th 2010, 03:12 PM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  cental Pennsylvania

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I have had fawns take almost a whole day to recover from straight xylazine, that is why i mix telezol in it, even on little fawns. not much, but just enough to offset the negative effects of xylazine, xylazine may put an animal down but they are still conscious and can feel pain to an extent, which isnt bad if your only moving them to another pen, but if your working on them adding telezol will help them slip onto a deeper sedation. i have noticed they recover so much better and its less stressful in my opinion. Daniel, i believe you fawn will be just fine, by tomorrow morning you'll never know he was traq'ed.
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Old Aug 30th 2010, 04:23 PM   #4
 
  Apr 2009
  Polk, PA located in west central pa
Sounds like he will be fine. Some do take a little longer than others to recover .
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Old Sep 1st 2010, 05:28 AM   #5
 
  May 2010
  Hazleton, PA
Droptine, Antlershed & Virgil:



I thank each and every one of you for your quick responses! Your advice helped to put me at ease. As far as an update, yesterday morning I observed the fawn reunited with his brother and mother and he was resting yet alert and looking good. Yesterday evening he showed marked improvement, he was up, alert and moving around with the herd, in fact, he came to the feeder for apples and got within 10 feet. I will keep watching him for any changes. I am also pleased to say that, at this time, it appears darting was the right decision. The vet determined that the fawn suffered trauma to his neck, which caused it to swell and prevented him from swallowing. This is what was causing the excessive foaming from the mouth and ultimately a fever and diarreah. He was treated with a steroid injection, antibiotics and an oral dewormer. The treatment plan appears to have worked as the fawn is no longer foaming and is eating and drinking without any visible problems. I am going to continue to monitor his progress as I know it is a little early to be predicting the outcome. Thanks again for all of your help!!!



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Old Sep 1st 2010, 01:33 PM   #6
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Very good news David, Please do indeed keep us updated. Let us know if you have anymore questions.
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