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post #1 of 38 Old 12-13-2010, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Colt gelded 4 days ago- is pus normal?

Okay guys, please come to my rescue again!

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.
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post #2 of 38 Old 12-13-2010, 10:05 PM
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I don't like the sound of ***** drainage. But then again, I've never had to deal with gelding before. I'm subscribing to this because daughter is having both of her stallions (including Rain's sire! Yippee!!!) gelded in February. I want to know what to expect...

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I agree I don;t like the puss sound but I never had to geld (except cows but that didn't happen....) I suggest watch it, possible clean it in a few days, if it is still there or gets worse call the vet again. Or just call and ask if it good or bad
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If it is actual pus, then you may have an infection going on. Are you giving antibiotics?
Some swelling is normal, but does usually go down in a day or so and less each day.
I would get the vet out or if he is not returning his calls, then get another vet. You have an open wound(s) where the testicals were removed, so you have an open invitation for infection to get inside.
Might not be anything at all, but better to be safe than sorry.
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He didn't give me any antibiotics for him.

The first two days, there was hardly any swelling. I was kind of surprised. But yesterday and today he was really swollen. The wounds do appear to be open and draining, so I know that is good. But today was the first day it looks like there was some pus rather than just clear/blood colored discharge.

I did put in another call to the vet. Hopefully he'll call back tomorrow.

I have a friend who had several colts gelded. No problems what-so-ever. My poor little boy has to get all the complications in life.

Now I feel bad for getting him done. And yet I didn't want to keep him a stallion either. I just want him to be my future trail horse and be able to handle and train him. I just hope I am worrying over nothing.

I took his temperature twice today and I think it is normal. 101.5 and 101.8 (the higher reading was after exercise). So I don't think he has a fever because I read that foal's temps can be a bit higher than adults, right?

It's not like I don't care for him or exercise him. He's a dream come true for me and I love him so much! The vet told me to exercise him and I have been very good about it. So why does this have to happen? Maybe it's because he had some sort of tissue hanging out right after the surgery. If it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.
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I know this sounds nasty, but can you wipe a bit of the ***** looking stuff off onto your finger and smell of it. If it is infection, it will usually have that icky infection odor. However, some wounds will have ***** looking stuff that is actually just cloudy seepage that isn't infection at all. I wouldn't be terribly concerned about the swelling itself just yet but the combination of the swelling and ***** looking stuff would also have me on edge. I would put in another call to the vet and see what he says before getting too worried about it. Just keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't get worse before you hear from the vet. He may give you a course of antibiotics just in case, but maybe he won't, I don't know.

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That's a good idea Smrobs. I might have to try that.

I noticed my gelding wanted to "wash" the colt, by licking his legs where the bloody stuff had tried. He leaks a lot of clear to bloodyish serum that dries on his back legs.

Sorry for all the graphic details. This is just the first colt I ever had, and ever had gelded. So it's hard for me to know what's nasty but normal, and what's not normal and something to be concerned with.
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LOL, anyone who has been around horses for any length of time should be pretty well accustomed to hearing the nasty details . When it comes to their health, it is better to err on the side of caution rather than end up beyond the point of no return.

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A few month ago we gelded our 4 year old pony. The incision looked fine until about day 3-4 when there was a slight increase in blood and white liquid (not clear but not exactly yellow puss). I then sparyed the incision and his legs with water for a few minutes every morning and evening instead of the once daily that is recommended. Over the next few days the drainage cleared up, the area got slightly swollen, but whithin a week it healed with no infection or problems...

I'd clean the area and keep the excercise up. If it dosen't improve or gets worse in the next few days, I would make a phone call to your vet again.

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I didn't read all the posts... But from what I know, when you geld a horse you should do antibiotics and anti-inflamatory shots for 5 days. In the same time I knew that the horse should be exercised at a walk, not trotting work. Cold showers of that area are also recommended. This is what we did with all our gelded horses.

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