My 5 month old colt was gelded 4 days ago. Initially he had some pinkish tissue hanging out of one incision. Called vet but never heard back. The pinkish tissue now seems to be shrinking and isn't as noticeable, so I feel good on that front, but now he has pus oozing from his wounds. Not tons of it, but it is there. Before today (day 4) he had some weepy/bloody drainage but no pus.
He is also pretty swollen but I have been exercising him twice a day. It really doesn't go down very much. The incisions are open and draining though.
Is pus draining from a castration wound to be expected? Or is this a sign we are going to have an infection problem?
I am so discouraged. I asked the vet what to look for as far as complications when he did the surgery, and he told me if I exercised him there wouldn't be any complications. So am I a worry-wort, or do we in fact have complications going on here?
I was under the impression that if I exercised him the swelling would go down. Yesterday it did a small amount. Today I exercised him twice really good. About a 45 minute ride being ponied from my other horse with 10 good minutes of trotting, and another short, maybe 10 minute ride of walking/trotting several hours later. No visible reduction in swelling.
Please help ease my worried mind.