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    12-24-2012, 04:59 AM
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Green Broke
Cellulitis.

So, got the vet out today because Chinga's entire leg was very hot and swollen. With random sections of lameness.

Very unusual case, vet believes that it is either cellulitis or some sort of sprain, etc. We decided to put him on a five day course of antibiotics (penicillin) and bute. Along with cold hosing/icing, bandaging and gels. Strangely, did not react to much/any pain - although, we believe that this may be due to the fact that he was given bute the day before.

We're hoping that this is what it is - otherwise, we'll have to do more diagnositc tests to check for fractures/breaks (very unlikely), circulation issues and a few other things.

I've had terrible luck this year :( And, it's Christmas Eve.
     
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    12-24-2012, 05:10 AM
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Trained
Im sorry to hear this. I just went through this with my mare not too long ago. She is still recovering. Check out my thread titled "completely freaking out" I continued posting through my mares treatment. It was a horrible, long process for us. I wish you the best!
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    12-24-2012, 05:34 AM
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Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Im sorry to hear this. I just went through this with my mare not too long ago. She is still recovering. Check out my thread titled "completely freaking out" I continued posting through my mares treatment. It was a horrible, long process for us. I wish you the best!
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Thanks!

What did you find really helped? Hosing, etc?
     
    12-24-2012, 07:03 AM
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It might also be Lymphangitis.

This link describes both.

Equine Chronicle Cellulitis and Lymphangitis in Horses

Neither of which are to be taken lightly.

I know with cellulitis, liver damage can occur as my friend dealt with it in a horse a few years back. Her horse did not get liver damage but the vet let her know that was a possibility as he was swollen all the way up his hind leg into his sheat

Anything from a simple cut to Scratches not healing can beget cellulitis.

I hope your horse heals without issue
     
    12-24-2012, 08:06 AM
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Trained
Honestly, long term antibiotics helped the most. She was on 30ml Gentamicin 1xdaily and 30 ml Penicillin 2xdaily for 6 days, then we switched to SMZ tablets for 4 weeks after that.

Her initial injury came from a well placed kick to the hock. The infection caused the cellulitis and got into her joint. It also ate away at her bone some. So we had a severe onset of arthritis that we are now dealing with and manageing.

It was a LONG 2 months. Most cellulitis cases don't last that long.

Rumor still has some slight swelling, but that's not from the cellulitis or infection she had. Its from the arthritis. Overall, she is well.

Keep your head up. Its fairly easy to treat...
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    12-24-2012, 08:56 AM
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I would get a different Vet. Cellulitis and Lymphangitis both should be treat MUCH MORE aggressively. Both are life threatening.

That last time I had to work on one, the Vet had me give Gentomycin 2X a day IV and use DMSO with Gentomycin and Dexamethasone in it locally 2X a day. He said if it did not respond quickly, I should IV the DMSO. I did not have to but I have done that before. I HATE doing it, but it has saved horses.
     
    12-24-2012, 10:27 AM
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Green Broke
Cherie - how severe was your case? Vet strongly believes that it is early stages. Either way, will be back to check on him and I will discuss it.

I'm confident with my vet (cared for my horse through multiple severe illnesses/injuries with a 100% success rate)- actually had two! Who both shared the same opinion.
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    12-26-2012, 11:58 PM
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He is looking good!

Vet called in today to see how he was going, we're both really happy with him! Few concerns, but nothing major. I've been hosing his leg and bandaging - which seems to be helping. He isn't looking too lame, looks very stiff and slightly limpy though. Swelling comes and goes a bit, but overall there isn't much.
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