Ok, on March 23 my 7 year old mare had a run-in with a wire fence (10 days at a new stable). She got a cut on the back of her right front leg right above the fetlock. She also cut her tendon (about 50% through). The first day she was severely lame, no weight on it at all. We did antibiotics, tetanus, pain meds, elevated shoe, and were prescribed stall rest for two weeks, then start handwalking. A few days into recovery she was doing awesome, putting weight on that leg, maybe a 1 or 2 on a scale of 10 lameness. Then, a few days before it was time to start handwalking, the vet told us it was time to take the bandage off and leave it off. We did so, and assessed the wound. It was not fully closed up, it still had a small bit that was still open. The vet told us that was ok and to leave it open. A few hours after taking the wrap off she started leaking synnovial fluid, so we decided to wrap it, since the tendon was obviously not closed up. The next morning she was severely lame again, she went backwards in her recovery. The wrap was changed every few days, and today it was changed again. (i'm in college and can't do much from here!) I got a call saying that the wound is infected. She's been severely lame for the past week, with little improvement, and still on pain meds. She starts antibiotics again in the morning. I don't have much experience with this, so I need your help! I always imagine the worst case scenarios.. like the infection getting into her bloodstream and us having to put her down
Any idea what could have made her go backwards in her recovery??? What are the scenarios that could happen from here??? What experiences have you had similar to this??? We haven't started handwalking her yet because of the severe pain, etc.
Please help me!