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    04-16-2012, 12:00 AM
  #1
Yearling
He split his ear somehow!

UGHHHH!! I spent the day doing yardwork and cleaning. I finally stop and get to spend a few minutes with my boy at dark:30. Quick brushing, a few treats, and some loving woo hoo right?

NOT! I cleaned and dressed the cut on his leg, which I still think looks bad... then I reach up to take his halter off and he shys away. Hmmm ok unusual but not unheard of. I have a little extra time so I go get his ear brush to work on the issue. Left ear, no problem. Reach up to close his right ear and brush the tip and he freaked. I got his lead and brought him into the light to take a look.

His ear is sliced down about an inch and a half! It's matted together from the blood but looks like a clean slice. I washed it off and the blood started flowing again. I got the bleeding stopped again and put some Banix on it for the night. I'll take another look come morning and a picture or 2.

What is he doing to himself??? It was the same thing last spring. One smallish injury after another. I know my vet told me I payed for his vacation last year, 3 weeks in Fiji (sp) I don't want to finance another trip this year!

If this is a clean cut like it looks to be, I am debating on treating it without the vet. He was just out for the cut on his leg!!!! And my regular vet is still on vacation until next Monday.

I have to cancel his chiro appointment or dip into the emergency fund for the other vet trip. I think I need a 3rd job *sigh*
     
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    04-16-2012, 12:18 AM
  #2
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Oh no! Sorry to hear that!

I've had quite a few split ears around here (llama and alpaca boys like to fight and rip ears) and seen plenty at clinics.
FYI, if you choose sans vet, watch out for abcess and fluid pockets. Because of the flap type structure of ears and the internal cartiledge (sp?) it ceates pockets on top and under the internal structures. Ears in general with all domestic animals are like this. Think long slim pockets, like bed sheets and the blanket, and those pockets can fill with fluids quickly.
The upright nature of horse ears doesn't help drainage either.
Hopefully it will fuse together well though.
     
    04-16-2012, 01:00 AM
  #3
Yearling
Ty Lockwood :) I am still debating on calling the vet out for it. I am wrestling with myself that it's mostly cosmetics blah blah blah. I know it isn't cosmetic and it could create a problem. So most likely I'll be seeing the vet bright and early *sigh* He needs football pads, a helmet, and bubble wrap I think.
     
    04-16-2012, 08:07 AM
  #4
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I have a huge bag of extra bubble wrap I could send to you. ;)
(Some how I've finally managed to save enough for the critters and packing delicates too.)
     
    04-16-2012, 09:14 AM
  #5
Yearling
Well the vet just left. I can't make myself like this guy.
I find myself questioning everything he tells me. I made an appointment for my REAL vet next Wednesday to give him a good going over, it's time for his fecal anyways.

Ok onto the ear. No sewing it back together. No. Of meds. Keep it clean and fly free. He has some lesions in his ear, I forgot what the vet called them....checking..Ok Aural Plaques. He seemed more concerned about those than about the split ear. He seems to think Rascal cut the ear while scratching these.

He wrote a script for Aldara (Imiquimod) for the lesions in his ears. Wrote another script for antibiotics (oral-Trimethoprim sulfa) and brought another med for the cut on his heal. Corigem. It's supposed to be an anitbacterial, anti fungal, and healing aide all in one. It better be at $35.oo for the 2 oz jar!

Anyone need barn work done? I'm looking for a third job LOL!

Anyone know anything about Aural Plaques? I am googling them now.
     
    04-16-2012, 10:21 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
Ok onto the ear. No sewing it back together. No. Of meds. Keep it clean and fly free. He has some lesions in his ear, I forgot what the vet called them....checking..Ok Aural Plaques. He seemed more concerned about those than about the split ear. He seems to think Rascal cut the ear while scratching these.
Sounds about right. There is only a small window of viability for stitching things back together and on top of that cartilage makes everything more difficult. Not defending the vet, just saying...

The SMZ-TMP should ward off abcess so at least you don't have to worry about that.
I have no experience with the plauques, but am interested to know what you find out about them.

Ah, I need some fencing done...... can you drive a tractor and manage a post hole digger?
     
    04-16-2012, 10:27 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
Ah, I need some fencing done...... can you drive a tractor and manage a post hole digger?
LOL Why yes, I can! I'm an idiot though ROFL. I don't know why I didn't have the fecal done today and save a farm call DUHHHHH.

Anyone else ever had a fill in vet they just did not like? Or am I being way to picky?
Lockwood likes this.
     
    04-16-2012, 10:33 AM
  #8
Green Broke
The plaques are not easy to deal with-my friend had a Morgan w/them-she had to put the bridle on & off by undoing the cheek piece. Maybe if they are caught early something can be done. Is this a horse you plan on keeping? Can you take a fecal into the office? So it won't be a trip out for you?
     
    04-16-2012, 10:46 AM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
The plaques are not easy to deal with-my friend had a Morgan w/them-she had to put the bridle on & off by undoing the cheek piece. Maybe if they are caught early something can be done. Is this a horse you plan on keeping? Can you take a fecal into the office? So it won't be a trip out for you?
The lesions are still small and not numerous. The med is still a newer option according to the vet. So, I guess we'll see how he responds. And yes, my boy is here to stay.

I should have had the stand in do one DUHHHHH. I just didn't think after he mentioned the lesions. He is almost due for his coggins, his rabies shot, annual blood work, teeth floating/check, chiro consult, and general physical so I may wait and just get the fecal back on schedule with everything else.

I worry to much LOL
     
    04-16-2012, 02:52 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by Rascaholic    
LOL Why yes, I can! I'm an idiot though ROFL. I don't know why I didn't have the fecal done today and save a farm call DUHHHHH.

Anyone else ever had a fill in vet they just did not like? Or am I being way to picky?
Gosh, I think everyone does that once or twice. Better yet, how about having the vet come out and helping you (me) draw blood on the whole herd (my other animals) and sending it off to Cornel for some tests.
Get said tests results back, which were good, and only THEN realizing you also needed the herd tested for something else... from the same lab... that they could have used the same sample for.... AAARRGGGGG!

No, you're not being anal... err...ummm... I mean picky. Not at all.
Vets are still people (no, really... they are) and I have had ones I like and don't like. I've worked with some I liked and really didn't like too.

I can tell you this... I have quite the rep with my son's peditrician office. There are 7 or 8 Drs there, we will only see one of them. Everyone else I just chew up and spit out. Mostly because I know about my son's health issues than they do.
Also, most of the staff at my son's school know me on sight (not because he is bad) and know better than to disagree with me.

Nope, I'm not picky at all.....
     

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