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    01-23-2013, 02:04 PM
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Foal
Thumbs down Busted open after castration :(

My horse Tusox was castrated about 3 weeks ago and was doing fine normal swelling and it was getting better everyday. But about a week ago he became very very swollen over night. I gave him another dose of penicillin and was putting water on him twice a day and on the walker for 30 mins on top of him being turned out. I was giving him bute twice a day and no change in the huge amount of swelling until this morning when I went to get him out of the pasture. He kicked up and ran away from me and he busted open and about a gallon of a combination of blood and pus came out. I am sure what I should do that this point my vet works out of his home and did not answer my call.... What should I do???
     
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    01-23-2013, 02:06 PM
  #2
Showing
Keep calling the vet until he answers the phone.
     
    01-23-2013, 02:11 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Continue calling your vet, call another vet - plenty of options. Was your vet advised of the complications when they arose/did he advice the dosing with antibiotics? Did you only do the one additional dose or was it a course of antibiotics? Was the horse ever physically examined by the vet post-op - especially after the swelling developed?
     
    01-23-2013, 02:13 PM
  #4
Banned
I've dealt with many many post-op gelding situations (working at the racetrack will get ya that!) and it sounds to me that he wasn't draining properly, ie. The incision closed up too fast therefore causing the exudate to get trapped in the sacks.....
We would do EVERYTHING that you have done, which I think you handled it well, EXCEPT when hosing for the first week or so we would actually reach in there and make sure the hole is open to let it drain.....yuck I know, and hairy when your up under a yearling putting your fingers inside an incision in such a delicate area.....but it can't be allowed to scab up to early, or else you have your dilemma...

You may find quite a reduction in swelling now, keep hosing it and contact your vet for further instructions, good luck
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    01-23-2013, 02:13 PM
  #5
Yearling
He needs to be on antibiotics for infection. See if you can pick some up for him.
I would stop giving bute. Have him turned out always if you can to keep him moving and the fluid draining. Is there flesh hanging?
     
    01-23-2013, 02:14 PM
  #6
Foal
Yes a contacted him when the swelling arose and he told me to give him 20cc of penicillin. But he never came to examine him.
     
    01-23-2013, 02:14 PM
  #7
Yearling
I agree you need a vet NOW. If he doesn't answer I'd suggest finding a new vet. It's open for infection, there probably already has been infection. I'd be calling others for opinions and to find one that could come and examine him to make sure he's okay.
     
    01-23-2013, 02:16 PM
  #8
Banned
To me it sounds like he already had/has an infection and it's burst out.....
     
    01-23-2013, 02:18 PM
  #9
Yearling
Do you have pictures?
     
    01-23-2013, 02:20 PM
  #10
Foal
I did not hose him off until it got really swollen and did reach in there and pull blood clots out until it healed but when he healed there was not much swelling so I thought he was fine. There is no flesh hanging and the size has gone done tremendously and he seems to be feeling much better! Thank y'all so much!
     

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