Wool Maker Lane

knitting, spinning and life with alpacas

Treating Bootsy’s ‘war wound’

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Bootsy has a wound which always shows up in the same place (on his left shoulder) about a week after being shorn.  This year is no exception and ordinarily such a small thing would be no big deal to treat on an ordinary alpaca…but Bootsy is the anxious and highly strung sort who won’t let you anywhere near him.  Last year there we had tremendous fun and games trying to get an iodine solution onto the cut but it was impossible so the last resort, which works a treat, is to feed him in the pen and get out the water pistol filled with a solution of salt and water and fire it at the wound from a distance.


Essential kit for treating Bootsy’s wound – feed


– water pistol filled with a saline solution (€2 from the local €2 Shop)

11822268_1637326073219407_5309323362797513765_n-Bootsy in the ‘pen.’

I must say that the wound has healed very well and it didn’t really require treatment today but it was done to be on the safe side (ar eagla na heagla).

Author: woolmakerlane

I live in a small cottage in rural Ireland with my family. We care for two lively alpacas and two sedentary cats. I love all things "textile" but particularly knitting aran patterns and spinning my alpaca's wool.

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