Tuesday, February 22, 2011
No More Rut for Rutland
The last week of December Rutland became victim of Ripton's male dominance issue. My poor choice was leaving Rutland in with Ripton after Rutland had been wethered. The two of them had been buddies so I really didn't give it much thought and they were getting along fine. Then one morning Ripton got a bug up his a*# and decided to be Mr. Macho and nailed Rutland in the leg, resulting in Rutland having a broken back right leg. I felt like a total bad owner.
( left to right....Rutland, Glover, & Barlett)
Rutland was off to the vet that morning. After discussing the issue with my vet, she said he had a good chance of it healing because of his small size. So on went the fiberglass cast for the next 7 weeks. I kept monitoring it. Making sure there was no bad smell of infection or rubbing of the cast on the leg. Rutland moved in with Glover & Barlett, 2 Shetland wethers, both very mellow.
So Monday was the big take-off-the-cast day. I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst..........
..........and for once, I got the best!!!! Rutland's back right leg healed very, very well!!! The tendions in the leg are weak so it will take a week or so for them to tighten up so he can walk firmly on the back leg but the vet said the break healed nicely:) Rutland came out of his "rut" with the help of a good vet!!!
To say that I am relieved and overjoyed might be a tad understatement!!
Seriously, how can I not love my baby Rutland's cute face????