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    07-19-2010, 05:31 PM
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Unhappy Navel infection, advice?

Well, as if the crooked leg wasn't enough, now Zane (now 5 days old) has a navel infection.

I noticed his navel looked like it had something almost like proud flesh on it, so I put iodine on it, and it promptly started leaking a large amount of pus.

So I have two phone calls in to the vet, because I am worried about it turning into a systemic infection. Sigh! I tried to do everything right. I made momma a new pen where I hadn't kept horses before, put down straw, tried to catch the birth (was 1/2 hour too late), dipped his navel 3 times the first day. And now this.

The only good thing is that I think it must feel better to get all that pus out. He seems active and normal otherwise. It really hurts to the touch though as he fought me really hard and he is usually a very cooperative foal.

So I dunno. I called everyone I could think of, and could only get one person, a lady I know who raises several foals a year. She thought I should call the vet again (which is why I called him twice) and she has never had a foal with a navel infection before.

Any advice??? I just want the little guy to be healthy!
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    07-19-2010, 06:16 PM
Eeekkk, scary! Keep it clean and get the vets lazy bum out there :/
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    07-19-2010, 06:22 PM
You might try spraying it with BluKote or something similar? It keeps the flies away. Keeping the flies away and keeping it cleaned will go a long way until the vet can get there.

I'm so sorry you are going through this - I've been scared silly thinking of all the things that could go wrong, and thanking my lucky stars that Rain made it past the first two weeks!
    07-19-2010, 08:42 PM
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Well, the vet came out (thank goodness!) and he gave me some oral antibiotics to give him for about a week, and I am supposed to swab the hole the abcess drained from with scarlet oil. He feels the antibiotic is pretty strong (I remember it is called something like Trissan, going from memory so I'm sure that's not exactly right) and that I basically need to watch him that he doesn't go off feed, but otherwise he thinks the antibiotics will heal it.

So that's the latest. I am so glad it drained and I saw it draining, otherwise wouldn't have known he had an infection. Poor little guy!

Dee, I just noticed earlier that Rain and Zane have almost the same forehead marking, isn't that interesting!?
    07-19-2010, 11:14 PM
And their names rhyme, too! (Maybe they have a common ancestor somewhere generations ago?)
    07-20-2010, 12:50 AM
Green Broke
Hmm sparta had gotten a naval infection, when he was born the placenta came out of snowflake and never broke off so we had to cut it ourselves and we were afraid of cutting it to short so we left it long and it costed us alot of problems!! We never could get a vet to come out to look at it, so we just kept Betadine on it at all times and it healed up on it's on thank goodness, but i'll show you pics anyway

#1 was 2 days after he was born and that's what his naval looked like.
#2 EXCUSE the maleness!! Please lol he is a manly boy, lol this one was 7 days after he was born and most of the excess just fell off.
#3 this is 18 days after he was born, and see how huge and swollen his naval had gotten? It looked terrible but betadine kept it clean and it drained on it's on.

I don't really have any after pictures but his naval is perfectly normal now, or if anything it's a VERY slight outie = ) but that just gives him character lol
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    07-23-2010, 01:02 PM
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Trailhorserider, glad you got the vet out, infected navel can be a pretty serious thing with these little guys. I've always been VERY carefully with the foals we've delivered, betadine 2x daily for the first 10 days. Keep close eye, and if the antibiotics don't clear it up, make sure to get the vet straight back out!

Kitty, Fiona has a bit of an "outie" too. She broke the cord standing up at birth and gave it a pretty bad tug, so it broke very short. I was worried initially it would herniate, but it seems she just has a little extra skin gathered there. I assume she will grow into it eventually.
    07-23-2010, 01:23 PM
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Hehe I met a gelding with an outie belly button once, but his was pretty extreme. And he looked kind of like a "double" gelding lol poor guy but he was an extraordinary horse and the outie only added to his amazing character! And yes trailrider glad the vet got out and your getting on the naval, as Indy said infected naval's can get bad and quick. I hope to see more pictures of little Zane soon!
    07-23-2010, 01:48 PM
Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
hehe I met a gelding with an outie belly button once, but his was pretty extreme. And he looked kind of like a "double" gelding lol poor guy but he was an extraordinary horse and the outie only added to his amazing character!
It's not a "double" bellybutton - it's an umbilical hernia.

If they are large enough, intestine call fall into the hernia and strangulate - kiliing the intestine - and if not caught in time - the horse.

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    07-23-2010, 04:06 PM
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Oh no, lol I know what your talking about. I'm talking about this horse who was around 12 years old and he had a belly button that just kind of hung down like a sheath. He was perfectly healthy just had a costmetic flaw is all.

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