Its bound to happen between having a older barn, barb wire fencing, and just general life, the barn critters will get some cuts and scrapes, now I know that some folks just feel that they will heal on their own, and in most case’s that is true..
However the time of the year, the overall condition of the animal has a fair amount of effect on that, example, in fly season, you need to worry more about fly strike (maggots in wounds), or if a mother is nursing twins, and has dropped condition a bit because of the amount of milk she is producing, or if they are young, they are clearly going to not heal as fast as a adult with no stress’s is.
Now I am still not sure how Marty got this scrape, its oddly placed on his back, with no way for him to keep it clean, it does not look like a barbwire poke, nor could it be a bite from girl (which would be odd anyway, she tends to keep him in line with a push) and yet the height is all wrong for anything in their loose box stalls, so the best I have come up with, is that he did it on a tree in the pasture.. Boys will be Boys after all!
Now I have trimmed out the hair to allow open air flow around the scrapes, they were already starting to heal a bit with no real sign’s of a issue but as often is the case, looks do not tell the whole story, so I wanted to make sure I did a little care on them, I carefully soaked warm cloths on it till it soften, so that I could take the half healed scab’s off to make sure I could clean under them, and while one is smaller, the deeper bigger one on the right did in fact have green puss in it.
I flushed it with hydrogen peroxide and the truth came out on if it was infected or not.. and it took two more flushes before it stopped bubbling white.
then time to give it a dab of healing salve, which I will touch up twice a day at feeding time, and it should be healed up in a matter of days.. Now I’m not saying that his body would not have healed it, but why not give a helping hand and put our knowledge of germs to use.