I wanted to show you our results with an extremely infected wound. I think that it can be helpful for other confronting the same problem. I searched the internet when we rescued this mare and the information was very hard to find but it was helpful to see how others treated similar wounds.
Fifi is a rescued mare with an injury to the withers area and head that came to us on 24 august. I'm guessing that the injuries are from an ill fitted harness. The mare is old, over 25 years and very underweight.
We found her abandoned for about 2 weeks with an infected wound. So I'm really amazed that she didn't do septicemia being left untreated all that time. The treatment:
We treated the wounds by washing them everyday with Physiological serum
(Sodium chloride), Hydrogen peroxide and then applying iodoform ether to keep the insects away from the wound and some powder with cicatrizing effect.
For 10 days we gave Fifi Penicillins and antiinflamatory shots.
Now after almost 3 months we treat the wound only by washing it with Sodium chloride and then applying cicatrizing powder on it.
Now the wound is almost healed. The only problem is that she is still underweight. We're hoping for the best. WARNING * Very graphic images*
Fifi as she arrived to us 2010-11-09_215327.jpg
Here you can see the puss that was dripping from the wounds on her entire shoulder. 2010-11-09_215344.jpg
The wound from her head. This was infected also. 2010-11-09_220416.jpg
This is the biggest wound from her body, in the withers area. It was full of puss, you could introduce your whole hand there in the space between the muscle and skin. It was infected more than you can see in the photo because the wound was very deep. 2010-11-09_215355.jpg
This is the other side of the wither. 2010-11-09_215422.jpg
Here you can see the wounds after we washed them. You can see the vertebral column there. We were afraid about a bone infection. 2010-11-09_215432.jpg
NOW (she is the same horse despite the color change)
And here is the biggest wound after three months. You can see some new and healthy tissue forming. The wound is smaller and the infection is gone. This is the only wound remained. 2010-11-09_215512.jpg
Fifi is still underweight but we hope that she will start putting back weight now. 2010-11-09_215647.jpg 2010-11-09_215657.jpg