Originally Posted by PintoTess
Well it couldnt be a tetanus infection then,hmmmmmmmm, you wanna hope that the tools the nut-cutter used were sterile!!
He is a very experienced vet and he had the tools in a sterile liquid. I think horse castrations must be non-sterile by nature, and that is why they leave a big cut for them to drain out of, rather than doing stitches. It could have been anything that introduced the infection- a speck of dirt, a piece of straw, his tail, or most likely, just the insides of his back legs rubbing against the wound.
Originally Posted by EquestEquine
hmm...our vet never gave us antibiotics or an anti-inflamatory.. Our pony did just fine. Is that typical?
My vet didn't give me anything for him initially either. It wasn't until he got an infection and the vet came back out to see him that he gave me antibiotics for him- which I should mention seem to be working great. I took his temp. Three times today and it was normal both morning and evening. After exercise it was 102, but that is A LOT better than yesterday. I just hope he has it beat now and he has smooth sailing here on out. He seemed to feel better today too. Still not his old self, but more mischievous than he has been for a couple of days.
I think it is so important to keep them exercised, and I have been really faithful about it.