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post #1 of 40 Old 07-22-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Gingers wound:no stitches

Here is the wound with no stitches and now it will have to heal "naturally".
Not real pretty, she is getting air under her skin now all the way to her neck and head from the wound opening up and sucking air as she moves around.
The good news is she starting eating and drinking as soon as I got her home to Left Eye.
Say lots of prayers, they seemed to work for Left Eye. I will admit I have not seen an injury like this before, so just hope the "healing fairies" are going to work overtime.
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post #2 of 40 Old 07-22-2010, 11:06 PM
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Check with vet first but a good wound care regime for a large gaping wound like hers would be to first cleanse the wound with gauze 4x4's soaked in a diluted betadine solution - use tap water to dilute betadine. Wipe away from the center of wound as best you can to outside of wound with a clean surface of the 4x4 each time you wipe so as not to introduce bacteria into the wound. If you can buy a box of disposable plastic gloves...use them when you do your wound care.

Every other dressing change, I'd flush the wound with normal saline instead of using the betadine soaked 4x4's. J&J makes a saline flush that's pressurized but be careful with use unless wound is really gunky. Tissue can break down v. granulate with too much pressure. I would not hose her with regular tap water just yet. I've read on this forum how people like to take the garden hose to open wounds and it may work for some wounds but I wouldn't do it for this one just yet. Too open and too delicate. Wait till you've got some healing going on first.

After cleansing wound, finish off with Nolvasan ointment to cover entire surface of wound.

I would do this wound care every other day NOT every day.

If Ginger were mine, I'd bandage the wound for a few days,too, before just leaving it open to air...helps lessen chance of infection. I'd keep her stalled for a while also to give the wound a chance to start healing unless of course she starts to go BSC in the stall. Ginger's movement sounds like the enemy right now.

You might try and syringe some water into her mouth a couple of times a day if you think she's not drinking adequately. Her hydration is really important right now for many reasons as I'm sure you know. Get her a salt lick,too!

Hope that helps! ((Hugs for poor Ginger))

P.S. Is that a wisp of a suture in outer left corner of wound in first picture?
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To help her drink lots more water, I would put a package of strawberry jello powder in a 5 gallon bucket of fresh water. It will smell sooo good and encourage her to drink.

I am a firm believer in Sugardyne solution for deep nasty wounds like this one. It will heal, it will take time and work but it will heal.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #4 of 40 Old 07-22-2010, 11:47 PM
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^^Agreed, I've seen sugar and iodine mixed to form a paste work miracles before. Aww poor girl, how'd she manage that nasty cut?
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post #5 of 40 Old 07-23-2010, 01:17 AM
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Definitely keeping both of your girls in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us posted!!!

Equiniphile, they suspect that she may have tried to jump the fence, and wound up impaling that leg on a fence post, while trying to get away (or perhaps chasing away?) from a Mountain Lion.

WY, any news on the cat? Have they found it yet?

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There is no way to bandage this wound, it would be impossible. She has been at the vets for three days, sutured twice in which the sutures came out, so now it has to heal on its own time. My vet works with me both at home and at the hospital, its not like I am doing this on a whim.
I have worked for vets for over 30 years and trust me, I do know how to care for wounds. This wound has been cleaned and flushed numerous times over and over. I have gloves at home at all times along with alot of different type of stuff, including betadine solution and scrub, chlorhexadene, etc.
Yes, that is a part of the wound that did stay stitched, so I am not taking it out, maybe it will hang in there and seal that part. There are some loose disolveable sutures still in the muscle part, will take them out as they get looser, or leave them in if they stay.
She was stalled for three days, did not eat a bite of food and drank less than 1/2 bucket of water(rubber 5 gallon bucket), plus paced and paced the whole time. She is nearly impossible to get anything resembling a tube, syringe, etc in her mouth, she fights so bad and pulls away that the wound just keeps gaping open. She is swollen like the Pillsbury Dough boy from air seeping under the skin, but until it starts to seal, nothing can be done about it.
As soon as she stepped off the trailer here at home where Left Eye is, she walked to the trough and drank and drank and drank, then started eating. So, she will not be going back into a stall.Her wound care is ongoing daily and sometimes twice daily. Antibiotics also.
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Poor girl. Sending *healing vibes* your way and wishes for a speedy recovery!

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No news on the cat. My daughter and grandkids are back home, so watching out to see if it comes back around. Maybe the fish and game got it, sure hope so.
Heading out to town to buy some Underwood, found it in Idaho Falls, Idaho, about 120 miles one way for me. But if it works as well as I have read about, it will be worth the trip.
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Wyoming, sugar + iodine makes sugardyne. It really does work.

I know you work for a vet, so have been sure all along that the horses were getting the best care possible.

I'll keep you, your daughter, her family, and the horses in my thoughts and prayers.
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Has the vet put her on penicillin? A few shots of that will at least help to combat any infection. All you can really do otherwise is try to keep it as clean as possible! Horse's are very good at healing themselves, I'm sure she'll be fine :) Just might have herself a good scar!
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