The evening of 23rd I noticed Jessy was focusing on her hind leg a bit more than what an itch would justify. On examination I discovered a wound about an inch wide shaped somewhat like an ellipse, basically the size of a €2 coin, or a dime.
At first I thought it was from a bite. She was chased by a pack of three dogs while we were out in the woods and it seemed like one of them was very near her. But on clipping around the site the shape seems something more like a pipe caught her.
In herself she’s still the sparky healthy little delight, just a bit less, and more tender when she remembers it. And it’s almost impossible to slow her.
With all that, why haven’t I gone to the vet. Simple, no small animal vet is open for the Christmas period in my area. So I went to the chemist asking for antiseptic wash and a bit of advise re. the soundness of my actions of bathing the wound to keep it clean. However I forgot to ask what sort of painkillers I should use.
Anyway, today is Friday.
She has plucked the hair all round the site leaving this angry gash. But there is no smell or trace of infection. Yes, it’s raw looking but that means there’s a blood supply to the edges hopefully allowing regrowth. The wound is to the flesh in depth, so I’m wondering if it ‘can’ actually heal over. Even if she allow’s a scab to form. I could put a cone over her head blocking access to the site, but while that would allow the site to dry it would stop the cleaning she’s currently assiduously doing.
I know some of what I’ve written is contradictory, but that, if this-if that, you have to go through these days for you cannot buy hardly any medicines over the counter. I remember a time I could have sprayed antibiotic powder into the wound and then gentian violet on top.
This was taken on the 24th. It’s a lot redder today but she’s now fast asleep and laid on that side so I can’t (nor won’t) disturb her to photograph it. 🙂
UPDATE: last photo is the wound today the 26th.