She looks much better. I have removed the dressing to let the area breathe and will just be applying honey and tepezcohuite a couple times a day. She doesn't seem overly traumatized, either. At least I hope she's not!
Phew :-) Fingers crossed her hair grows back too :-)
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Martita---First of all-your calf is okay. I did the same thing and even worse right when the flies were the worst. I used swat around the area and left the area alone. This will probably take 2 months at least to heal and let the scab fall off on its own. Scabbing is part of the procedure so besides keeping the flies off I would not treat it. The hair will grow back, so do not worry. Next time I will use the paste again. I feel it is the least invasive of all dehorning procedures plus the cheapest. However, I will do it within 48 hours of birth. Shave the area and apply a very small amount to the buds. Occupy the calf for a short time and there you go. I am going to make it easier on myself. The directions never say how long to leave it on but the University has seen some really nasty things happen because this stuff is so caustic when left on too long. This is a live and learn situation but if this is the worst that will happen you are in good shape. Have a great Day Val
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2013 7:55:20 GMT -5 by carellama
I couldn't get a close-up without having to catch her. It looks a little yellow because of the Topazone, but it isn't raw anymore and she is acting fine, just like a frisky calf.
We did two more today. This time I put less paste on and my husband held them the whole time. He hates having his picture taken and will hate even more that I post it on here, but I can't resist!
So this time no Vaseline, no duct tape. Just scissors to cut the hair and a latex glove to apply a SMALL amount of paste, which we wiped off and rinsed after 45 minutes. My husband held them still probably for about 30 minutes of that time. I didn't think to take a picture, but the burned area is much smaller.
And we've learned our lesson. Next time we are doing this within the first two days of birth, if we choose to go the paste route again. Those 1-2 week old calves are squirmy and strong!
Thanks again for your help.
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2013 20:13:11 GMT -5 by martita
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