We have a very sweet tempered guard llama named Checkers. I don’t think he’s all that serious about guarding the sheep, but he’s a friendly llama who does watch what goes on around him and hopefully would guard the sheep if the need arose or at least go investigate a strange animal.
He is halter trianed but I had become lazy and left his halter on him most of the time. Checkers likes to stick his head over fences and through things to get at special treats and things the sheep can’t reach so I guess it was inevitable he would catch his halter on something and injure himself. He managed to rip a good sized piece of skin all the way to the cartilage in his nose and after removing the halter, I decided this was a job for our Vet.
I put a large dog collar on Checkers and manuevered him into our horse’s stall to wait with some of his own hay. He seemed to enjoy having hay he didn’t have to share and calmed down once he realized I wasn’t going to do something unpleasant to him.
Dr. Finney came and gave Checkers a tranquilzer so he could work on him and we waited for it to take effect. Checkers got a shot of long acting antibiotics and the wound needed some cleaning/disinfecting. The hardest part seemed to be giving him the local anestetic. I know I hate the feeling of Novocain so I can understand that. Once Checkers was numbed up the stitches went pretty well. Checkers likes people and is curious so he stayed right at the front of the stall with his head out and I never even had to go in to the stall to steady him, but I did hold his head as he got sort of droopy with the tranquilizer. It’s been a couple weeks now and Checkers seems to be doing well.