LOL and I wanted to be able to post pictures :o). Lucky you, I couldn't get any help taking pictures of the process.
We lanced the abcess behind Leah's ear yesterday. I've never ever ever done that, or anything like it really.
It was nasty gross, let me tell you.
Armed with peroxide, triple antibiotic ointment, a couple rolls of paper towels, rubber gloves, a single-edge razor and some Betadine we headed to the barn. Dewey was going to take pictures for me, but I'm too much a softie...I did the bulk of the work, but I gladly let him have a shot at making sure we had all the 'stuff' out of there.
I thought I'd never get it cut. I was nervous about cutting -- too deep, too hard, not hard enough, etc. Well, I wasn't hard enough :o( Took me 3 tries to get through the hide.
Very little bleeding. Maybe that's normal, I don't know. I expected more. The abcess was like a really huge pimple for the most part. Golf ball sized, monster pimple.
It opened and we squeezed -- eeewww nasty gross. The man we bought the other goats from told me some thought it similar to cottage cheese, others claimed it was more like toothpaste.
Yes. It was. Both.
I'll never brush my teeth again without remembering this experience.
After doing all we could to empty the thing, we washed it well with Betadine, rinsed with peroxide, loaded with literally half a tube of triple antibiotic, then placed a light flow Always pad over the area and Ace-wrapped her up.
She doesn't like an Ace wrap at all. I think it's more about having it over, under and otherwise around her ears that she doesn't like.
Seeing as we aren't able to keep her covered -- it's an open wound ripe for infection left out and open like that -- we have kept her isolated in the milking area. She likes that about as much as the Ace wrap. She misses everyone. We even told her she could have the first date with Malachi if she just cooperated. No deal. Poor unsocialized goat :o(
At any rate, the task is done and in the future I will be much better with it now that I've done it and seen what it does first-hand.
I just wish I had some pictures to share. I can't be the only one out there who has never done this and is a little nervous the first time.