Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Update...

Thank you all so much for your supportive and helpful comments on the recent mauling incident here. I wanted to give you a quick update on the boys:

So far, everyone is healing slowly but continually. There are a few puncture wounds I am keeping a very close eye on. Most wounds are healing...or at least the physical wounds are healing. I'm not sure if the boys minds will ever heal mentally from this attack.

Sven's eye is making good progress. I thought at first he had lost the whole eye, but upon closer inspection by the vet, it was the upper lid itself that was damaged. I have ointment to place in the eye a few times a day. At first Sven, well...all the boys really, did not fight my fussing over them. They stood patiently while I bathed wounds and dressed them, or wrapped hot, moist towels around sore legs with puncture wounds. Now, they try to run or refuse to stand for my efforts. This is a good sign. They are healing and feeling better.

It's as if they are saying, "It's OK , Mom. We're feeling much better. You can go now." I've been dismissed. :)

Oh, I will still watch them very closely. And next week they are due for a second Draxxin injection to be on the safe side. But I can tell it's time for me to let them be and heal on their own for the most part.

...and I am so very grateful this did not happen during fly season.

9 comments:

Michelle said...

I am so glad to hear everyone is getting spunky again! I've had three very sick sheep who had lost their spunk, and it is indeed worrisome. And I hadn't even thought about the season; yes, it could have been so much worse!

Theresa said...

Yes, fly season brings its own challenges. Glad to read everyone is feeling better.

Jennifer said...

Definitely glad to hear they are on the mend and even getting fiesty! It will be interesting to see how they respond to a dog the next time they see one. As you say the mental and emotional may never completely heal! Keep up the good work!

Tammy said...

Great news Kathy! It's always wonderful when they get fiesty again. I'm so very glad to hear this. Thanks for the tip on soaking the alfalfa cubes--this is working great for Blue, and much easier on me.

Tammy

nursedragon said...

I'm glad to hear the boys are on the mend. They couldn't be in better hands.

How are the ewes doing? And how are YOU doing?


-Mel

Sharon said...

Thanks for the update. That's every shepherd's nightmare. It boggles my mind why people own dogs that they don't pretend to be responsible for, but then of course, that's how we ended up owning a black Lab.

Leigh said...

Oh, Kathy, how horrible. I've been so far behind in my blog reading that I didn't know. I'm so thankful that they all seem to be doing so well. Hopefully healing will be swift.

nursedragon said...

Kathy, any further word on the convalescents' progress?

-Mel

Tammy said...

Hi Kathy,
Heres hoping you got your shearing done Sunday! Hope we get to see pictures. :-) No shearing here this past weekend. Weather was too nasty, so it'll be a couple of weeks now.
Take care,
Tammy