Our little Chip-a-Roo has had a rough week. As I posted last week, he was attacked by Molly when she dug out of her pen. He had to have stitches and was given a long-acting antibiotic that really should have kept infection at bay. However, about a week after the incident, his shoulder began to swell (see the right shoulder below) and he began to limp pretty severely. He was having trouble keeping up with the rest of the herd and couldn't kneel down to nurse.
It seemed that the surface wound had healed well, but that infection had built up underneath and had no way to drain. I called the vet, and she talked us through a surgical procedure to drain the wound. Now, we are flushing the interior wound twice a day and administering a daily antibiotic to help him fight infection. He seems to be doing much better, but we were pretty worried about him for awhile.
As a sidenote:
Molly has found a new home where I hope she will be very happy. She will be living on a large farm where there is a male Great Pyrenees to keep her company and hopefully to teach her how to act around animals. In her dealings with us, she was such a sweet dog, and she will be missed.