Corragio – “The Brave"

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“Corragio” which means “brave” in Italian, is one brave little goat.

Corragio came to us when he was about 1 week old, he had developed a sudden onset lameness in his back right leg. On presentation his leg was extremely swollen and he was unable to place any weight on the leg at all.  Corragio is a very inquisitive little fellow and it was suspected he had been getting into mischief with his twin sister (young goats love to climb) and likely got his leg stuck in some fencing that surrounded his pen.

After a thorough examination we discovered that the swelling and soreness was concentrated at a point just above his knee, along with some other signs, all things pointed to a broken leg. Corragio was then given some pain relief and his leg was placed in a sturdy splint. The splint at this stage was about as big as he was! The next challenge was to keep him quiet for the next 4 weeks.

Initially, Corragio’s leg did improve significantly, but after a while the skin around his leg started to die and he became more painful. This was most likely due to the severe swelling of the leg initially which damaged the blood supply to the skin around the leg. Corragio’s owners were then faced with a difficult decision, splinting the leg was no longer an option, the damage to the skin meant the fracture was unlikely to heal well and the leg would not be able to be able to function normally. Also the leg was painful. After much discussion the decision was made to amputate the leg.

Corragio was in hospital overnight, he coped with his anaesthetic like a champ and was up and about on three legs the next day, loudly demanding breakfast! He had to wear a plastic collar for a few days to ensure he didn’t chew his sutures (we all know goats like to chew!), but recovered well at home in his specially designed pen (warm, soft bedding, big enough to have some space, small enough not to get into trouble, and no options to climb!) 10 days later he had his sutures removed.

Corragio is getting around extremely well, as he is still young he has adapted easily to life on three legs, and now the leg is no longer painful he is growing well and still enjoys playing with his sister.  All along he has been a happy chap, no matter how much poking and prodding he had to endure with bandage changes and surgery he was always happy for a cuddle and a scratch between the horns. Corragio’s owners also deserve special mention, its not easy trying to keep a little goat quiet to manage splints and post operative wounds, but they did an amazing job, his fast recovery is a credit to them. Corragio and his owners have definitely lived up to his name – they are all brave!


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