Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A little too much partying...

Panama has been partying a little too much lately, I think.  This morning when I arrived to pull his and Spaghetti's blankets, I discovered he had banged his face up overnight.  So much for my plans to ride — instead, I spent a beautiful morning cleaning and icing a cut.

I actually can't tell if it's a little cut, or a puncture wound.  It also may be a split from an impact, which would explain the goose egg on his cheekbone, too.  Anyway, I filled a latex glove with snow and alternated between using that to ice it, and applying a hot compress (a washcloth soaked in hot water) to loosen up the dried blood so I could see what I was dealing with.  The swelling came down, and I was able to cut away the hair well enough to see a short, jagged tear in the flesh, which is what makes me think it may be a split from banging it on something, rather than a cut or a puncture.

I cleaned it out with Betadine and put some Furacin on it.  I'll head back out this evening to clean it out again and apply more Furacin, and ice it some more too if the swelling comes back.  I'm also going to see if I can find a syringe to flush it out a little more easily (he doesn't permit me to hose his face down).  I've found in the past that diligent wound care from the very beginning can help me to avoid having to call the vet.



At January 7, 2011 at 9:24 PM, Anonymous Melody said...

Goodness, he's getting into all kinds of mischief!


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