For the past few weeks on our property we’ve had a chicken with a phlegmy, body-wracking cough and a chronically limping dog.
Poor Wendell has been on three different vet visits and undergone multiple x-rays of his stiff leg. Some were taken while he was unconscious from heavy-duty (and costly) anesthetics, all to see if he was a candidate for an eye-wateringly expensive reconstructive surgery to remove cartilage from his shoulder.
The chicken? She’s in the compost pile.