We were unsure what exactly happened. She had been at my trainers for 2-1/2 weeks when I got the call that she was not putting weight on her back right leg. It was worse when she was stalled, she would limp when she was turned out but wouldn't place weight on it at all when she was confined to a small area.
There was no cut. No blood. No puncture wound. Nothing to indicate anything except for swelling and a limp and it was warm to touch.
I had my vet out that day, xrays done because I wanted to make sure there was not fracture. Her hock was swollen, we decided it was sprained and to give her some time off. So I took her home the following day, and then it exploded overnight into this hugely swollen mess. Vet was out that day. Started antibiotics right away, she had a low grade temp. Vet put a cath in and we got IV Gent into her right away. She was on 30cc Gent once daily, and 30cc Penicillin twice a day. 5 shots a day for 1 week. By then end of the week, she was feeling better. Placing weight onto that leg, and would walk, extremely lamely though. When she started to get a major attitude about the shots and it became hard to give them to her, we switched to SMZ tablets.
My vet originally tried to get a sample of whatever was causing the swelling. But we were not able to. The needle that was placed only pulled out a bunch of blood, indicating trauma.
Now we know that she was punctured with something directly into the bone, causing the trauma and the start of the infection. But we just don't know what. My vet is going to send me copies of the Xrays, I'll post when I get them. Maybe someone can see something that we have missed previously? Who knows.
I don't know the specific name of the joint. It's on the inside of her right hind leg. My vet gives me the laymen's terms of "big rocker joint" which was the best place to have a joint infection she said because it didn't have all these tiny little bones linked together where the bacteria could hide. But the Xrays indicate that the puncture is actually above the joint...not into the joint.
Here are pictures I have taken from day one, throughout her "recovery" and where we are at right now. The swelling diminishes some days, and it worse on other days.
Pictures are in order from the day that this leg blew up and we found out she has cellulitis caused by a bacterial infection, to how it appears today. She wouldn't place weight on the leg for approximately 4 days. 5th picture shows the day she was comfortable enough to put weight on the leg. She was on stall rest for 1 week.
The full thread I started on this from day 1 is now 15 pages long, but can be seen here. I posted updates every few days and it's more detailed in what we have done to try and get her well. completely freaking out
Picture with the red line is the most up to date photo I have at this moment. I put the line there to indicate where the xray showed the bone infection. This is also the point that is usually the most swollen. (Makes sense, right?)