Monday, June 23, 2008
First Aid on the Farm
In my few short weeks of life with donkeys, I think I have seen more than my fair share of cuts, bites, bruises and wounds.
There have been the injuries associated with two of my geldings battling it out for the "alpha" dog, er, donkey position. The area between belly and upper leg is apparently a wicked nasty spot for a well-placed bite:
Hooves and sharp teeth have separated fur and torn skin:
Most horrific was when my sweet Brownie somehow managed to get his scrotum bitten open. In a panicked call to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, I was told this is a very common occurrence among male donkeys and burros. < WARNING: Graphic injury photos below >:
All of these I have tended to as best I could and under the guidance of the medical personnel at Peaceful Valley:
But all had been relatively calm and quiet here at Critter Farm for a few days and I was once again allowing myself to feel like a good donkey mama. So, I was really bummed yesterday when I saw that Ian's right eye had swollen completely shut:
I quickly scanned for what the cause might be. Seeing none, I took a deep breath and tried to sound reasonably calm as I (again) had to contact the Rescue. "Flush and apply antibiotic ointment. Wait a few days and call if it doesn't improve" was what I was advised. Ok, I can do this.
Ian is such a trooper, he didn't object a bit when my son, Aidan, and I haltered him up and took him back into the barn:
We washed his eye out with sterile saline solution and then applied a triple antibiotic ointment to his lower lid. He didn't fuss for a single instant:
He didn't even mind that he had a bit of a greasy eyeball when all was said and done. At least his eye was open again:
Ian is such a good boy:
It frightens me sometimes when I realize what a very steep donkey learning curve I'm on right now. As near as I can tell, though, the donks are completely ok with this and are still willing to stay, at least for a bit longer.