Tuesday, February 17, 2009

He's a big boy now

Gabe is 5 years old today! Happy birthday, big guy!

I'm getting him a bag'o peppermints and one of these for his birthday:
No, he's not spoiled rotten at all.

I managed (with my hubby's help!) to get his leg scrubbed up and looked at yesterday. He has two small puncture wounds that were well scabbed over. I picked off the scabs and there is no pus, just inflammation. I probed around a bit and couldn't find anything up in there, so, who the heck knows what he did. It almost looks like something bit him, but the two puncture wounds are only on one side of his leg, there are no matching marks or puncture wounds on the opposite side. As far apart as the wounds are it would have had to been something HUGE that bit him. Ponderous. After I scrubbed with hot water and betadine, I dried, applied antibiotic ointment and wrapped it up to keep it clean. He got a couple of Bute last night and a couple more this morning and I'll scrub and re-dress again tonight. I have a bottle of Penicillin that I was tempted to use to nip any infection in the bud, but I decided to wait and see how it looks today. No sense using injectable antibiotics if I don't have to!


  1. I certainly hope no disruppted animal took a swipe at him!
    Have you ever given a rabies shot to him? They were talking more about that here in Oregon...but I hate giving many innoculations.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Beautiful gabe!

  2. allhorsestuff...I hope not, too! Yes, all my horses get rabies vaccs every year. They live outside 24/7 in the boonies...you just never know what's going to wander by.

  3. Happy birthday sweet Gabe! I love the OTTB's