Well, Dougal managed to rip open his shoulder last night. The pictures are graphic, but i've put them in links.
Got a phone call from Ellen at 5pm saying Dougal had cut himself. She told us she was leading him up to the stables and that she had rung the vet. She sounded calm, so we rushed up but weren't too beside ourselves. Got to the stables where Ellen was standing with the door open so he didn't freak out, and, Jesus, the wound was just horrendous. Basically, there was a massive flap of skin hanging off it and underneath was a large hole where the tissue had been gouged out.
I stood with him until the vet came and just petted him and spoke to him. He was being really good, he was very calm when it was quiet and everything. The vet came and was really shocked when he saw the wound.
He sedated him first, while Ellen ran back to the house for hot and cold water. Dougal conked out and was stumbling around a bit but was ok. The vet put loads of gel on the wound so he could shave the hair away around it and the hair wouldn't stick to the wound. He shaved the area and then cleaned it out really thoroughly tog et any grime out of it.
It was too late to save the flap of skin, the stitches wouldn't have held, so he gave Dougie a local aesthetic injection and just had to cut the skin off to leave an open wound. Absolutely revolting. He put some stitches in at the sides and just made sure it was cleaned out really thoroughly. Because it was situated on the shoulder he couldn't dress it or anything. He then gave him an injection of the strongest antibiotics available and an injection of very strong anti-inflammatories and pain killers.
He told us Dougie would have to be on box rest for at least 10 days, and not to be ridden for 6 weeks. He just told us all the stuff we'll need to do to him. Keep the stable as clean as possible, put Vaseline on his legs to stop the acid from the wound scalding his skin, bandage his legs to stop the fluid draining into them. Susan had gone and bought a bale of straw to put down in the stable instead of shavings, as they stick to the wound. Cleared out all the horrible gunk fromt he floor, got rid of the shavings and bedded him down. When he had come round from his sedation we gave him his haynet and water and everything.
Left him in peace for a bit. I stayed at Ellen's so I could check up on him. We went out at 9pm to top up his haynet [which he had already scoffed!] and make sure he was ok. Went out again at half 11 to do the same, skip out any poo and just make sure he was doing ok.
So yeah, that was last night.
Today, got up at half 7 to skip him out and everything. Gave him a double haynet [a haynet inside a haynet] to slow him down a bit as he was inhaling his hay. Refilled his water and just cuddled with him for a bit. Put stable bandages on his legs. Went up to the field and found the cause of the accident. A hinge bolt on the gate looks like the suspect. He must of run straight into it. Ouch. Fed Hugo, fed and mucked out Punch and refilled the water trough.
The vet came up this afternoon. Sedated him again, and really really thoroughly cleaned out the wound. He shaved really thoroguhly round it and washed round the wound with shampoo to soften the hair. Dougie was such a good boy. He just nuzzled his head into me and I just held his head. Poor baby. I feel so sorry for him. It was obviously really painful for him. The vet gave him a second dose of the strong anti biotic and another injection of anti- inflammatories and pain relief. Poor Doug is like a giant pin cushion. Once the wound was all cleaned out, we waited until he came round. Put a salt lick in and hid carrots in his haynet.
The vet said that he, very luckily, missed the important muscle in his shoulder. If he'd hit that, then we would have been in big trouble. They both think he's going to be ok, so fingers crossed he heals up quickly and easily. They told us the bad signs to look out for and he hasn't shown any so far, so that's good.
So yes. God, it hasn't really sunk in yet. It's a horrible looking wound. I'll post pics below but they are disgusting so don't look if you're at all squeamish. It looks like he's going to be ok, just have to be very careful about infection. The vet is coming up tomorrow to give him his 3rd dose of strong antibiotic and clean it out again. Then he's on a course of antibiotics that go in the feed.
Dougal was an absolutely star throughout all this. He was just amazing. He hasn't gone barmy in the stable. He's been calm, alert, settled. Eating, peeing, pooing like normal Still his cheeky little self. He was such a brave boy. <3 I just feel awful, my poor baby.
Here are the pics. I'll put them in links to save the easily repulsed. Not very good as I had to take a picture of them on my phone's screen as my phone can't connect to the computer.
Last Night, after the Vet had been.
Today, after the vet had been.
Dougie with his lick. Pretty nasty.