Jessy. Wounds. CSI. And whatnot’s.

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.



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10 Responses to Jessy. Wounds. CSI. And whatnot’s.

  1. Kimberly says:

    Oh I bet it is bothering her when she thinks about it. I don’t really have anything to add to what you’ve already done as I would have done similar. Watching for infection is the most important part. I would say if she just won’t leave it alone then a cone might be needed just so it can heal.
    I’d imagine if it’s not slowing her down, then you’re probavly good to go unless you see that change.

    • Vincent says:

      When she rests it crusts over a bit, but then she moves and it opens up and then she begins to lick it.
      I’m thinking to make a homemade cone with cardboard punched with a paper punch and a lace til the shops open and I can get some plastic.

      • Kimberly says:

        Has she ever had to wear a cone before? Watch out for the walls, and doors, and knick knacks sitting on low tables or cabinets. Mine always had no self awareness of the size of the thing and would be stopped dead in their tracks when they smashed it into the wall or what have you. And knocking things over with one fell swoop. The last time Rigby needed one, I found a canvas/padded version (it feels like it was made of what insulated horse blankets are made of) that is much more comfortable for her and less damaging to my house. It looks pretty raw, poor thing.
        Are the shops closed this whole weekend after Christmas, or is the day/weekend after used for shopping and SALES?!?!

        • Vincent says:

          No, never. We’ve been remarkably lucky in the injury department.

          I was in town just now and it’s relatively speaking empty. And surprisingly lacking in unsold Christmas tat. I thought I’d get some lights for next year.
          Of course the main reason for being in was to get a version of that stuff Kelly wrote about. I couldn’t get the concoction even through a version is well known as a healer for wounds on horses. So I got the makings of the thing. Some anyway. The talc for day time to dry it a bit allowing a crust to grow and an ointment of magnesium sulfatefor the night when I can put a bandage in her and three quarters expect it stays put. You know yourself the change of a bandage staying put when they are fully awake even with the ruff is scant to zilch.

  2. Kelly says:

    Bless her heart. It looks similar to a wound Mabel currently has (for a week and a half) on her shoulder. I’ve not been to the vet since it didn’t look to be one that needed stitching and it does seem to be slowly healing. We’ve used an antibiotic ointment a couple of times (generic Neosporin) and put a little “wound powder” on when we first discovered it, though there was little bleeding. Mabel’s almost looked as if a big plug of hair had been yanked out, taking a deep layer of skin with it. She isn’t bothered by it, so we’re just watching (and sniffing) for infection. Meanwhile, Alice has a place or two that we’ve battled for ages (with Vet supervision at first) called “lick granulomas”. You don’t want Jessy’s to turn into that.

    It sounds as if you have things in hand, and as Kimberly said, watching for infection is the most important thing. Give that girlie a scratch behind the ears from me. She looks so sweet curled in a ball in that last shot.

    • Vincent says:

      You could get class a drugs before you could get antibiotic powder puffers or ointments here or the UK. Granted farmers were going nuts at one stage with hens and beef being dosed with it as a preventative. But this is way too far the other way
      I’m sorry to read about your Mabel and Alice, but I think you’re correct it’s more upsetting for us looking at them than it is for them.
      My worry outside the infection is that her constant licking will prevent it from healing.

    • Vincent says:

      That collagen wound powder does it actually work without a ruff collar.

      • Kelly says:

        We’ve used the stuff to staunch bleeding and protect open wounds. The main ingredients are 71% hydrated lime, 13% copper sulfate and 5% activated charcoal. It’s sold for animals. The ointment we’re using is human triple antibiotic ointment (neomycin, polymyxin B sulfate, and bacitracin).

        Fortunately Mabel’s wound is in a spot she can’t reach to lick.

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