Ok, so I thought that I needed to start fresh with this blog. I originally wanted to have some kind of sequence of events or some kind of chronological order to how I approached this, but all that did was stump me. Now, I have decided to handle this blog in a similar fashion to how I post on Facebook – Give you regular updates on what happens at the farm, up coming events, or just little tid bits that may help you to learn more about alpacas in general.
How does that sound to you? I hope you like that idea.
Now for the first bit I’d like to share today:
We have two male alpacas, Q and Awesomeness. I LOVE these guys! They are so cute and well behaved. Nothing like our seven girls. Well, the other day I noticed that Awesome (what we call him) had files gathering on a small spot of his fiber near his neck. After a closer look, it appeared to be a wound. I rallied my official alpaca catcher, aka the hubby, for a closer evaluation. Sure enough Awesome had two small puncture holes in his skin that had gotten infected and the flies were making a nest out of it. Yuck, I know! Anyhow, I rinsed it thoroughly with water, rubbed it with alcohol and then packed it with antibiotic ointment. At this point it was a little swollen and pussy, ewww again. Awesome was very good about the whole thing.
I then let it go for a day to see how it might do on its own. Well the puss did not all come out on the first try, but we got it all on the 3rd day. It also looked like the swelling had gone down. We repeated the cleaning process and waited another day.
By the 4th day, the area seemed dry and on its way to complete healing. Yey, a healthy alpaca again!
The take away on all of this is that alpacas are tougher than we might think sometimes. Even when a wound looks bad as long as you treat it well and keep an eye on it, the odds are it will heal fine. We just need to remember that animals often times heal much better than we do because they don’t worry about it. We get a cut and if it gets infected we might even panic about it, but alpacas are calm and trust us to take good care of them so they don’t fret about it. And when things are more complicated, they let us know. If I ever see an alpaca that’s not hungry come feeding time – there is NO doubt something’s up!