The pictures below are NOT for those weak in stomach!!
The two pictures below are of the growth before it was cut off.
|Side view of the growth|
|Top view of the growth|
Canker is the progressive growth of extra flesh (Horny Flesh) on the hoof, primarily found in horses, but this does happen occasionally in goats, obviously. So, my friend came over, who has experience in dealing with horses that have canker. So here goes the pictures...
|Maggots in between growth and hoof|
Though you might be saying "EWWW", maggots actually play a huge role in the cleaning process, as they only eat the dead, rotting flesh.
|Making the first cuts|
|Looking more "normal" :)|
This part of the growth didn't actually hurt her until we got down to where her hoof was looking more like a hoof!
As you can see, the blood is squirted everywhere. That's because the growth (Canker) has it's own little arteries and blood supply in it, therefore making it a very messy job :) Since we didn't have a disbudding iron, we started a fire and got it SUPER hot. Then we put a piece of rebar in it and waited till it got red hot in order to cauterize it. Placing the hot rebar on her hoof helped stop the bleeding fast!
|All done cutting. Just gotta clean it up!|
So, that was my big adventure last month! Fun huh!??
I hope this is able to help someone in the future :)