Last night I got to go out and see Smokey and his fabulous wound. His hock was pretty swollen on the inside, but he still wasn’t lame. His did itch at it quite a bit and was clearly uncomfortable when I Scarlex-ed it. I walked him aroudn some to make sure movement was good in it still fluid, which it was and then asked Mary to help me hose it down for a while. he wasn’t interested in standing still for that (probably a combination of not liking being hosed anyhow and the wound stinging), but between the two of us, we got him to stand for a bit and hosed both the woudn and the joint some. The swelling seemed to go down a little bit, so that gave me a little hope. As much as I didn’t want to put junk back into the wound, I’m worried about flies and bugs getting in it, so after the Scarlex, I covered him in Pyranah fly spray.
This morning Mary took a look at it for me and reported that the swelling seems to be a bit worse, so I called the vet and am anxiously awaiting her to call me back so I can make a decision about having her come out or waiting through the weekend where he hopefully won’t have a problem. I’m mostly worried about infection. I think if I can keep it relatively clean, he’ll be in good shape to heal on his own, but I’d like some antibiotics to get into his system if I can to be on the safe side. I really think it’s not much to worry about, but I don’t want to end up with an emergency call later over this long weekend (why do they always do it when it’llbe most expensive for you??).
This is the picture form this morning (thanks Juliette and Mary!)
So nothing terrible huge happening. No ballons hanging off his hock and really, you probably wouldn’t even notice it if you didn’t look closely. I think all my worries are really just paranoia at it being right on his hock and fearing about all the scary things I’ve read about infections and leg problems gone awry. Better safe than sorry for my little guy, though.
As far as Smokey is concerned, this isn’t too bad. He doesn’t have to work (except for about a half circle of trotting in each direction) and he gets lots of loves and attention from everyone in the meantime.