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post #111 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 08:27 PM
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So glad Chilly's home! Yeah, those are nasty bites -naughty boys!! No doubt she's getting extra kisses and TLC from you, mom!! Hope all will be back to normal soon :)
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post #112 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 08:55 PM
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The bites don't look bad enough to scar. Hopefully that won't be a problem. She sure looks happy with her friend.

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post #113 of 181 Old 09-16-2012, 11:40 PM
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Holy cow, she got the tar beat out of her! Poor lady! Glad she now has a pal who won't do that.

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post #114 of 181 Old 09-26-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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9/26 Update:

Unfortunately there has not been much change. Vet was out last week Tuesday to peek at her. She said continue antibiotics, hot towel wraps and lets hope that it breaks open and drains on it's own. Fast forward 8 days, there is NO change. Not getting better. Not getting worse.

So now we are going to have the vet out to lance it and flush it. This is what we wanted to avoid due to having to flush the hock. We don't want the infection to travel into the joint.

Rumor is content. I have stopped giving her bute. I really hate to give her something she probably doesn't need. My mom complains I'm mean but I don't want her getting bute for an extended period of time.

Saturday night we had some storms roll though, so I had her and Chilly stalled. The following day I put them out to pasture and Rumor was all full of piss and vinegar. Shaking her head, trotting (extremely lamely) all over, bucking and hopping around. She also took off sprinting at one point, and lost her balance, fell and slid a few feet on her right side. Idiot. *shakes head*

I was hoping to have some better news, but apparently, that's still going to have to wait.

BTW: Her weight is looking really good! She's gained and is looking good. And she is almost healed from the beating she took from the boys. I'm pleased as punch!
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post #115 of 181 Old 09-26-2012, 11:03 AM
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She does look great!
Don't remember, did you have x-rays taken of the hock? Sure is strange that it's still swollen and the hot and cold wrapping doesn't do anything. Sure hope there's nothing wrong in the joint....
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post #116 of 181 Old 09-26-2012, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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She does look great!
Don't remember, did you have x-rays taken of the hock? Sure is strange that it's still swollen and the hot and cold wrapping doesn't do anything. Sure hope there's nothing wrong in the joint....
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I did have XRays done the day after my trainer informed me of what was going on. They were perfect. My vet also went over the XRays again when her leg got HUGE overnight to make sure she didn't miss anything. Nothing is damaged, nothing is broken, nothing is pulled.

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post #117 of 181 Old 09-26-2012, 11:25 AM
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Good!...so....maybe there is something stuck in there, a splinter or something....too deep to just pop out......or just liquified tissue from broken down muscle ...you'll find out with the lancing.
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post #118 of 181 Old 09-26-2012, 12:03 PM
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Maybe an ultrasound would shed some light on what is going on.
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post #119 of 181 Old 09-27-2012, 10:46 PM
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Wishing Rumor a speedy recovery! Hope you find out what's causing all this grief soon. Poor girl :(
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post #120 of 181 Old 09-30-2012, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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*Sigh*

The vet visit on Friday did not go as I had hoped. I was thinking she would lance it and let it drain. But she wanted to try and get a sample of joint fluid to see how her joint is doing.

She drugged Rumor to within an inch of her life so she'll stay still, LoL. And we got a needle in, and joint fluid out. But, its contaminated with bacteria. So the infection traveled into her joint. I'm SOOOO disappointed.

Good news, the fluid is only slightly murky/cloudy. But it's thin, like, watery thin. She said it supposed to be more like sticky syrup consistency.

She took the fluid sample and was going to grow cultures over the weekend and figure out what the bacteria is sensitive to so we can properly flush the joint this weekend. She will need a minimum of 2 flushes. Monday, first thing, she will be calling me with results and to figure out when she is going to come out/me haul to the clinic for the treatment.

She is feeling the fact that Rumor continues to improve, even with the bacteria in the joint, this is a good thing. She is hopeful and keeping her spirits up. She said if this happened to a foal, there would be 1% chance it would be able to make a riding horse. But since Rumor is older and continues to improve daily, she is feeling optimistic.

The vet wants us to start on Adequan IM injections to help replace/build up joint fluid and get it back to normal ASAP. It's going to cost me $350-$400 for 7 shots! She said we can see how she does with the flushes, Adequan and rest. See what happens, and if we need to, for soundness issues, we can try hock injections. Which I'd prefer not to do.

The swelling is actually quite minimal now. And she is walking comfortably on it. She trotted up to me when the vet was out and the vet was impressed by how well she was moving on it! Hardly a limp. Still limping, but barely there! Ears were perked forwards and everything.

I'm not giving up on her.
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