The wounded, the crippled, the maimed
May 21, 2007 - Yesterday late afternoon I saw
Pancho climbing up the back wall inside the
cage with great difficulty. I thought he was
starting to have trouble lifting his own weight this way, but then I saw
him limping, not using his right hind leg. It wasn't swollen or
discoloured, so I figured it would probably heal by itself if I'd put
Pancho in my hospital cage for a couple of days. Because I didn't want him
to be alone, I decided that Chester would keep
him company the first night and day.
Tonight I let Dylan take a look
inside my hospital cage, who apparently liked it so much he decided to make
sure he could stay: He jumped down while his foot was stuck. For a second he
hung down on one toe, but then his toe nail partly gave way and he tumbled
down. It didn't bleed as terrible as I expected, but it bled quite a bit
nevertheless. So I put him in my transport basket with some flower in it to
help stop the bleeding. That night Dylan got to stay in sickbay with
Pancho. To comfort them a bit I treated all on
dandelion salad, which they greatly enjoyed.
Meanwhile Chester has
developed an irritated eye, Casey has a strange
sorta blister, only Lefty has nothing except for
an occasional dry sneeze. I will probably need to take Chester to the
vet this week, but I think I will
bring all five, mostly to make sure they're OK.
Update: after the vet
May 23, 2007 - I have been to
vet late this afternoon, and this
is the score:
Chester has an eyelid inflammation. The vet gave me
eyedrops to treat it with.
The vet also doesn't know what Casey has. She said I could give him some
antibiotics, but I refused these as the blister (or whatever it is) doesn't
seem to bother Casey at all, and it's very slowly shrinking by itself
Dylan's toe is a bit red, so I will clean it daily by dipping his foot in a
solution. His nail didn't come off, not even with a little help from the
vet, but it will probably fall off by itself eventually.
The vet confirmed that Pancho has already recovered from his hind leg
injury, so no further action is required.
Lefty badly wanted to be examined by the vet, so she listened to his lungs,
but of course he was fine.