In the meantime, I donned my latex gloves, pulled off the scab and squeezed out as much pus as I could. (My middle daughter says that's gross. I replied that my life can be rather gross at times. Personally I think the average "modern person's" life is too clean. Not that it's a good thing to play in an infected wound, but that our lives are too far removed from dirt and reality.) Then I squirted iodine in the wound with a needle-less syringe.
|After I scraped off the scab.|
So the buck had his first shot, I pulled the scab off again and squeezed out about the same amount of pus as the day before, and squirted the wound with iodine. I'd asked the vet about protecting the wound from the flies that are already prevalent, and he said the iodine I was squirting into the wound was probably sufficient to deter flies. I knew that I needed to leave the wound open so that it can continue to drain.
|After squirting iodine on the wound.|
It's good to have some basic first aid knowledge for livestock for this sort of circumstance. While I wouldn't hesitate to call my vet if it were a true emergency, I can handle most things that come up. If a more serious situation occurs, it's smart to know what to do until the vet arrives. Assembling a collection of first aid items is also handy.
Now it's just a matter of time, waiting for the antibiotic to help him, while I continue to give him his shots, squeeze out the pus, and bathe the wound in iodine. My buck's breeder also suggested squirting penicillin into the wound. By the next morning he was obviously in better spirits. Hopefully the poor guy will be back to his old self again soon.
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