Yesterday brought a blustery, wintry day here on the farm... complete with snow flurries.
I arrived at the barn to find everyone warm and toasty under their heat lamps.
With frigid winds blowing, I kept the pigs' and the donkeys' heat lamps on so that they might have a refuge from the cold.
Donkeys are not especially fond of cold wind.
While feeding the cats, I noticed that the side of Griz's face was swollen.
Really swollen! He's been a little grumpy over the past few days, growling when anyone comes close. I think we have the explanation for that behavior!
Dr. Becky was due to make a call at the barn for Chloe's second round of Mycobacterium Cell Wall Extract injections into her sarcoid tumor. Examining Griz, Dr. Becky felt that he had an abscess on his cheek. She felt that it needed to be opened and drained and we decided to do that as soon as we finished with Chloe's treatment.
We Heavily sedated, Chloe stood very still. The injections were given without difficulty. She will likely have to have one or two more treatments in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed that this takes care of the tumor.
Next, Griz was sedated and Dr. Becky shaved his cheek.
I'll spare you photos of the procedure (It was pretty gross!) There was indeed a pocket of pus in Griz's cheek. It was drained and irrigated and treated with antibiotics. The incision was left open so that it can continue to drain. (Owwwweeee)
The rest of the day was spent with frequent trips to the barn to check on our patients. It took both of them a long time for the sedation to wear off, so the patients were both a little "goofy" for part of the day.
From experience, all of these traumatic (for me) incidents always turn out ok in the end... so that is
I what I am going to count on!
When I wasn't out checking on my patients, I spent a little time in front of the fireplace finishing my lop-eared bunny.
I am happy with how she turned out. The knitting was fairly easy, but the construction process of turning it into something that actually looks like a bunny was a little more challenging.
Lastly, a little note about yesterday's post. Our farm lies in the midst of a pretty vast area of land that is hunted. I have no doubt that our local deer suffer many losses during hunting season. And while I understand that this is necessary to keep the population down... I just don't want it done on my land. Killing any living thing hurts my heart. As for feeding the deer - we do not feed them. On rare occasions (like once every five years) we put a block out for a while just to see what our population looks like. We get a better idea of the ages and genders of our local deer this way....curious and appreciative of these beautiful creatures.