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.
"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with
him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."