There’s something about Mary.

Mary the Goat recently came to the attention of our vet team after her previous owner was no longer able to care for her. At the AWL NSW Kemps Creek vet clinic, Mary arrived with a cast on her back leg which she was holding up and hopping around on three legs.

The cast appeared to have been left on Mary for a long time (approx. 6 months) and on inspection, the AWL NSW vet team noticed severe muscle wastage of the quadriceps. When the cast was removed, the vet team expected the worst considering the length of how long the cast had been on Mary. To their surprise, the leg was still alive however after x-rays were performed, severe osteoporosis of the bone was discovered.

The team attempted to save her leg through rehab, however, after discussing with the Livestock Veterinary Teaching and Research Unit at the University of Sydney in Camden, our vet team was advised to amputate the leg as it was too far gone.

Mary’s leg was amputated by AWL NSW and she initially recovered well, however she then developed life-threatening respiratory complications. At this point, Mary was then admitted to Livestock Veterinary Teaching and Research Unit at the University of Sydney in Camden for further specialised care. After a few weeks, Mary recovered remarkably and was adopted by one of our shelter volunteers.

A huge thank you to the Livestock Veterinary Teaching and Research Unit at the University of Sydney in Camden for their ongoing support and help with Mary the Goat.

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