Originally Posted by karenerwin
I would wash it with soap & water, put antibiotic on it & keep her separated from the rest of the flock. I would also keep her warm & somewhat confined. I've had a couple that were tore up by the neck & crop area and were able to heal up just fine.
Soap may be good if it is really dirty.
I first flush with saline solution.
If you catch it immediately you can use hydrogen peroxide to clean it. Don't use HP after the first day as it will kill the new cell growth.
Then coat the wound with betadine.
Not a necessary step but I then use Campho-Phenique which also relieves some pain.
Then an eye type triple-antibiotic ointment. The reason for the eye type is that it seeps deep into the wound because it melts at body temperature.
Do the above daily and some baby aspirin crushed in the water can help relieve pain.
Originally Posted by daxigait
Oh that looks awful. I hope she heals and that you did not loose too many. Loose dogs can be such a menace especially if there are several of them looking for trouble.
Dogs don't get a pass here. Dogs harassing the flocks either get captured for animal control or shot on sight if I can't catch them.
Missouri law allows for livestock owners to kill any dog 'worrying' their livestock and even allows to track that dog across the state to kill it wherever it is found unless it is in confinement on its owners property.