After all the cleaning up (and Bobby is having diarrhoea again), I drove over to the clinic to get more povidone iodine for Cow's wound. It is exposed now, and since bandaging is totally out of the question, I thought I should apply the iodine more frequently. The vet assistant suggested that I get the ointment instead of the solution so that the medicine "stays" longer on the wound.
I also told the vet assistant about what happened yesterday, how Cow tore off his bandage a second time and got out of his e-collar. The vet assistant said that if Cow refuses to behave and the wound does not heal, I could opt to board him for a few days. Animals normally dare not kick up a fuss in a clinic and Cow is a pussy-cat whenever he goes to the clinic.
When I got home...
Cow had completely removed the e-collar and the strings. Totally.
And he was licking the wound; or more accurately, "eating" it.
A scuffle ensued, with me, of course. I had to forcibly put the e-collar back and apply some iodine onto the wound. That was a war in itself. Cow hated the iodine so much, he kept flinging his paw, so I don't really know how much of the iodine was applied onto the wound. He scratched and hissed, but was prevented from biting only because of the e-collar.
It was a wonder I managed to put the e-collar back on him.
Since he wanted so much to be outside, I put him on the Clubhouse table, but he kept going onto the grass, which was a no-no.
After he had settled a bit, I tried putting the iodine paste again, and he flung it all away. Sigh.
The wound already looks a bit wet now, which is not good. He must have had a good time biting it during the half hour that I was gone.
How do you solve a problem like Cow?
Can we help? Can we help?
The nursing team arrives.
I hope we don't have to resort to boarding him at the clinic.
It is good to finally see him sleeping where he is comfortable.
This would be a good time to sneak up and apply some iodine onto the wound, but I did that half an hour ago, and it created another war. He felt cheated, he was angry and he went onto the grass again. So, no, I shall let him sleep now. Maybe sleep is more healing than the iodine.