Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
Klaatu, what foot is injured? Is she not letting you work with it due to pain? How do you normally handle her feet? Maybe the best time to change bandages is about an hour after giving pain meds & it may take an extra person or two to help hold her and/or her foot.
Taking her temperature is really important too as it will tell you if the infection is spreading. You could tie dental floss to a hair clip & a horse thermometer, slip it in, clip it to her tail & step out of the way but be careful if she isn't used to having her parts messed with.
I asked of blood testing because that can indicate the level of infection & blood cultures can tell you if the infection is going through her body.
Wound cultures can also be done to make sure that you're using the correct antibiotics for the 'bugs' in the foot. Some antibiotics are more effective than others, depending on the organism.
Are you sure she was confused on how to get in the barn because maybe she just didn't want to?