I have been away for a few days because my little guy has been giving me fits and I just didn't feel like spending lots of time on the computer because I'm so tired!
lilkitty90, thanks for taking the time to post the photos. I'm so glad your little guy healed up well!
Zane's infection seems under control, the stump has shrunk down really small on his belly and no more pus, but I am afraid he is one of those foals who leaks urine from his navel. That would probably explain why he had an abcess in the first place- there was urine leaking and the end of the stump was sealed off so it became an infection.
So it looks much better, but yesterday I noticed when he pees he has a few drops dripping from his navel at the same time.
Today I treated the navel in the morning (twice) with iodine and then in the evening I got frustrated and tried Wonder Dust, because it is supposed to be a drying agent.
I was reading in Blessed are the Broodmares that either silver nitrate (no one around here seems to have it) or iodine can cauterize the navel and seal it off.
Since it is only a slow drip I am hoping that is possible. This afternoon when he peed, I only saw a drop or two accumulate on the navel, but no actual dripping. I am hoping that is an improvement.
So is Wonder Dust okay for a navel, I wonder? Or should I stick with iodine?
I have two additional phone calls in with the vet "updating" him on Zane's condition, but he hasn't been inclined to call me back. So I feel like I am on my own over the weekend.
And to top it all off, Zane got through the pipe corral fence today while I was gone for a few hours, and a neighbor saw that he was in with one of my geldings. Isabelle, his momma, was very upset and has a scrape and a swelling on her shoulder to show for it. Zane seems fine, and apparently he and the gelding got along great, and neither one wanted to be caught so they ran around and gave my neighbor a hard time until she called another neighbor to help catch them. Sigh! At least I have great neighbors.
So I hope to report that the navel dries and seals off soon. Otherwise, I guess the only treatment is surgery, and if that's the case, I will probably have to haul him off to a far-away vet, and I really hope it doesn't come down to that. So I am hoping and praying that the "dripper" (urachus?) in his navel will seal off in the next few days. Reading my foaling books gave me some hope that it could happen if I am diligent with the iodine (or maybe Wonder Dust). And I think the slow drip probably explains the infection too.