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Mystery Cut?

Discussion in 'Diseases & Injuries - Goats' started by cinjoel, May 14, 2018.

  1. May 14, 2018
    cinjoel

    cinjoel Just born

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    Hi - I have a 3yr old female, Jesse, who suddenly is acting strange (not leaving the barn and just standing, not lying down) still interested in food but not hay...so when I get a closer look I see she is trying to lick the front part of her belly/chest area. OMG she has a big cut but its not actively bleeding. So I don't know if this happened yesterday maybe when she jumped the fence (which my naughty goats do often) but when I tried to wipe it with soap and water on a washcloth she did moan like it hurt her. So I left it alone. I'll attach some pics. I am trying to show you using my fingers how long it is and how I believe the skin is supposed to be attached.

    What do I do? Get her on the ground and clean it real good - put something over it, on it, let her take care of it herself? Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks
    Cindy
     

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    luvmypets

    luvmypets Herd Master

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    First thing I would do is clean it out. I use hydrogen peroxide or iodine in a syringe and push it into the wound to clear out any yuck. Its hard to tell but it looks pretty deep to me. I would consider calling the vet to see if she needs stitches or not.
     
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    Wehner Homestead

    Wehner Homestead True BYH Addict

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    Definitely call your vet. That’s in a difficult area to keep clean and a gaping wound is just asking for a bad infection in that locale.
     
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    IMHO that needs cleaning and stitching. You could do both by yourself if you have a helper, but a vet would be a good thing.
     
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