NOTE: Reindeer babies are typically born with warm, fuzzy, dark colored hair to draw in the heat of the sun! They are arctic animals and are often born on snow or in very cold conditions. The dark color helps to absorb the heat.
BABY BAG: Our baby bag contains things for our first handling of the newborn. We handle the newborns around 4 hours after birth. We like to give mom and baby some time together before we touch the baby.
Naval dip: to prevent bacteria from getting into the baby from the naval.
Probiotic Paste: this is a paste given orally. It helps that newborn rumen get going! It has great vitamins.
Vitamin B Complex: babies first shot! Also helps with the rumen and prevents thiamine deficiency.
Scale: To weigh the baby.
Ear tagger: We tag the boys with a blue tag and girls with a red tag. Each has a number so we can ID them.
Olive had a slight complication, she didn't pass her placenta. We waited and watched. After 24 hours we became worried. Not only does it need to shed out, but it is a pathway for bacteria to enter the mother. So, we contacted our Vet. She prescribed some medicine to induce contractions to help the placenta shed out. We had to get it out within 48 hours, or the cervix would start to close! It didn't work. So, the following day we gave her some new medicine to open the cervix and induce contractions. It worked! Olive shed the placenta!
We closely watched for infection. Yesterday she was put back into the herd with her little guy. He was so happy to run around and be with his new baby friends! Alot of new friends have arrived since he and mom were brought up front!
Olive is a 7 year old reindeer, she is halter broke and pulls sleds!