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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:01 PM   #1
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
My best yearling (of course) is not looking well. He is losing weight. I will try to fill you in the best i can......two weeks ago I did notice where he had broken open the velvet on his antlers there were some tiny maggots...the blood was limited and he seemed to be pretty much done as far as the antler growth was concerned.....I had a breeder buck last year with antler infection and it looked nothing like that.....but there were tiny little maggots there none the you think he could have an infection from the maggots?? He was wormed a few weeks ago through his feed all the other yearlings he is with look nice and fat. he is still eating from what i can tell as i see him grazing and eating feed when i bring it. to me his eyes look slightly sunken in ....he is pretty tame so I know him like a book....he does not seem to have the runs or anything like that. a few days ago i gave him 5 cc's of you think I should hit himwith another dose.......he may not be the biggest yearling out here but he has good potential and i surely don't want to lose him......please help with any ideas......attached is a picture of him tonight hard to see his weight loss......he is not desimated but has lost lots of weight!
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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:13 PM   #2
  Aug 2009
Dennis - I wish you luck with you little guy. I hope he gets better - I will say a prayer for him.

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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:14 PM   #3
  Apr 2009
  Amsterdam, Ohio
Hey there Dennis, if it`s me and I suspect an infection my first though is a heavy dose of Penicillin then followed up with the Tetradure. Get some screw worm on the horns and kill the maggots.
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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:16 PM   #4
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
will do Mitch.........whats a heavy dose of the pen.......
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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:18 PM   #5
  Apr 2009
  Amsterdam, Ohio
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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:36 PM   #6
  Jul 2009
We had the same thing this year with a 2 yr old. he busted up the ends and then began to peal down a bit. The flys and maggots got in buck of the velvet and did thier thing and we didnt even know they where there. we left him for about a week and he seemed to be getting slower and more lathargic so we knocked him down found the maggots and imediatly sawed his antlers. We gave him Draxxin under the hide by the bases and some under skin on back. also Tetradura and loaded him up with pennicillin. Darted him a few days ago with a follow up dose of Draxxin after 6 days from sawing. He is getting gradually better but it seems to take a while when they get a infection in thier blood if you can keep them alive.

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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:38 PM   #7
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  Apr 2009
  Edgar, WI

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I would have knocked him down right away and cut off the antlers or at least part of them had I seen any maggots.

I know of some guys who have had maggots get in the antler under the velvet and they made there way to the base and into the head through the blood veins.
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Old Sep 4th 2009, 05:42 PM   #8
  Apr 2009
  Nowata, OK
Dennis, I'm with Mitch on this one. If he were mine, I'd put him down and remove his antlers. Looks like he is done and starting to shed out anyway. You might want to try some Baytril and Draxxin. Good luck
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Old Sep 4th 2009, 06:07 PM   #9
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
My breeder last year who had the infected antlers.... he had bubbled up velvet working down the antler towards the bases.....this guy never had that........i guess that doesn't always matter? I mean this guy is dog tame and that is why I noticed the tiny maggots......the breeder had them boiling in his velvet you could seem them from a far.
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Old Sep 5th 2009, 06:13 AM   #10
  May 2009

Saw him and take Mitch's advice. Pen and Draxxin. Draxxin lasts alot longer. I would think at least 20 cc in muscle and 10 under the skin on Pen. I would give 4 or 5 cc of Draxxin.
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Old Sep 5th 2009, 07:28 AM   #11
  Jun 2009
  Perryville, Mo. USA
To everyone who reads this, in my opinion and with past experience, if your buck does not peel all the velvet off in two nights, suspect something is wrong. Either peel it off for him and inspect for maggots or saw them off and inspect. Ether (or starting fluid) will also kill them. Give Banimine, antibiotics, dewormer and Vitamin B. Jeff
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Old Sep 6th 2009, 09:56 AM   #12
  Jul 2009
I agree with anyone who said take 'em off.... asap!!!

This is how Jaxbo died last year. According to the vet, the maggots release a toxin in their blood stream that can only be aleviated by cutting off the antler and stopping the bloodflow. This is why you notice him lethargic and not doing well.

I agree with the series of meds, just add Dexamethazone to the list.
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Old Sep 6th 2009, 06:30 PM   #13
  May 2009
Yesterday during a deer tour I noticed a buck was sick and the buck's owner took immediate action. Some interesting footage showing the whole process.

This was taken by someone else that I was giving the tour to.
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Old Sep 6th 2009, 06:45 PM   #14
  May 2009
  Purgitsville, WV
Great Video. This will be helpfull to those who haven't cut antlers before.

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Old Sep 6th 2009, 07:26 PM   #15
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  May 2009
  Chillicothe, Missouri
Great video is right it should be a must see for those who have never seen this fist hand. what were the 2 sprays you applied to the cut horn ? Here the amish just use red pepper applied to the cut stops the bleeding and fends off the flies. again GREAT VIDEO!
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